Sunday is not a day of rest for film fanatics. I’ve worn sneakers in Mumbai weather, running from theater to theater, making it just in time for the next film (and sometimes having to fight for a seat, flashing a press card). But now, I am happy to discover that there are joys of sticking to one theater and watching everything they have to offer.
At the entrance to the ground floor seating at Regal, this young woman asks an old gent who is balancing a cup of tea and himself, ‘Are you going in?’ I want to say, ‘Are you stupid? Why else would he be making his way inside?’ but the gentleman lets her in and the young men she has come to watch the film with push past him. Obviously this young woman, and her group are oblivious that they just pushed past Rafique Baghdadi (the old gent at the door). Oblivious that he is one the finest film critics, commentators on cinema in India today. It’s all very nice to have young people afford to participate in the festival (since the passes are only Rs.500), but I lament the general indecency and lack of etiquette shown by the young people. That said, I regret not having confronted them. As another film crazy person said that a group of young people buying popcorn compared the fabulous Shadow to Bahubali. I liked Bahubali, but this comparison is so pathetic, I just don’t know what to say to them… You decide:
Am going to be at the beautiful Le Reve cinemas today. Watching Nancy, Transit, Fahrenheit 11/9 and Generation Wealth.
If you have thought of creating more than a single identity for yourself on the Internet, then you would want to watch Nancy. The premise of multiple identities and all the emotions that accompany the deceit, which include lust and love and empathy and intimacy and trust p promises to make one uncomfortable, because of its very subject. Psychological thrillers help explore the deep dark desires that lurk within us all. Not a film i’d watch first thing in the morning, but not complaining!
People who have the wherewithal to enjoy a Champagne breakfast in Paris, do a dim sum lunch in Hong Kong have their Tiffin and tea in Chennai and Kolkata and then have caviar dreams in Tokyo are blessed with the latest technology, but as The Beatles have said,’Money can’t buy me love’
But are the wealthy really looking for the love common folks like us spend their lives looking for?
Transit is a German film that examines the relationships we have by using an unusual relationship of a woman desperately searching for her missing husband and finding his impersonator - a man without papers fleeing Nazi scrutiny.
When you have a loved one at the mercy of laws being ill used by a president who has scant regard for democratic institutions, there will be Michael Moore with his megaphone trying to make sense of the MAGA hat wearing trump supporters. in the documentary Fahrenheit 11/9 he talks to Trump supporters trying to make the state of the union. i always wonder about freedoms we as Indians have. Could we make a documentary like this one?
My mum calls as i write this for you. Dad and she are visiting Mumbai starting sunday. i groan and she understands, with a beloved relative called Mumbai Mami visiting, how will their movie mad daughter have time for anything else?