Saw a movie which is considered quite a ‘cult film’ by most cinephiles and also enormously inspiring by some makers. It is certainly not your quintessential ‘worth-a-watch’ film. Primarily because it needs you to be attentive, mature and intelligent. It pre-supposes the inherent sharpness of the viewer..such a diametrically differing standpoint from the Indian cinegoers perspective, since he enters a cinema hall to lose himself and surrender to the sensibilities of the maker. While films such as ‘Eternal Sunshine of a spotless mind’ demand that you ‘grow up’ and watch the meanderings of the script with your senses alert.
No, this is not a review of the film. In fact it would be a trifle difficult to indulge in that exercise. What can happen with a film of the kind is a decision to enter into a discussion which again pre-empts a viewing ..a serious one. And since my instincts tell me that most might not have had the opportunity or inclination to have seen the film, despite its rather heavy cast (Jim Carrey, Kate winslet) I’d rather speak of the tremendously joyous moment I experienced .
There is a scene where Kate takes her paramour home for a kinda feeding the sensuous aspect of their relationship. And guess what was playing in the background..in her home. Our very own Bollywood songs. the first ( there were three to imply passage of time) was the romantic ‘mera man tera pyaasa’ a Dev Anand film, followed by that Nagin number’ tere sang pyar main nahin todna’ and lastly ‘vaada na tod’. I was excited, exhilarated and keenly delighted. The background score guy or sound designer obviously loved our songs! Now dont get me wrong.. its not as if we need validation and all that crap..but c’mon admit it! It is a great feeling to experience a Universal acceptance of our music, films. beauty, intelligence, culture, ethos whatever! Ain’t it?
I believe its not the first time either.. I forget the name of the film he mentioned but hubby informs me that ‘SRK number ‘chhaiyya chhaiyya’ has also been respectfully used. Now that’s a point as well. Its not as if the usage is demeaning or a looking down upon fashion. The citing or rather the intention seemed to be the implication that our female protagonist is an avid Bollywood music/film fan and chooses to play the songs at such junctures in her life which could be earth shattering!!! Oh I know I am getting carried away n all that..but then again.. It was a first for me.. and I thoroughly enjoyed resigning myself to the ecstasy of the moment…and this is not under the influence of chandy.. as it was then..cross my heart!