Thank God it’s Friday

April 17, 2009

For most people, Friday is just another day to get over with before one settles down for the weekend.

Not so for a film journalist. Friday is the day you watch the releases of the week (sometimes as many as three in a day), form an opinion about each of them and then put that opinion to paper (and then wait for everyone to disagree with you).

Sometimes, the film viewing is divided between Thursday and Friday, when the press shows are held.

Sometimes, it means scrambling between one movie theatre to another in terrible Mumbai traffic.

Mostly, it means watching a movie by yourself in an empty cinema on a Friday afternoon, with some college students and ushers for company.

“I can’t believe you complain about this stuff,” my friend tells me. “Most people would kill to be paid to watch movies every week.”

Yes, I love my job. But I must confess, when I heard there were to be no releases after April 4, I breathed a sigh of relief.

At last, I would have Friday evenings free; I wouldn’t have to watch mindless films that no one should be subjected to. I could do other stories; wouldn’t it be a nice change from having to watch Himesh Reshammiya execute mid-air kicks?

Two weeks later, I find myself feeling exactly the opposite. Every time I pass by a multiplex, I have the urge to go in and buy a ticket. I check newspapers for movie listings before stopping myself. And I actually miss Himeshbhai.

I have now come to terms with myself. I cannot do without movie watching. DVDs are now my succour and Friday nights are back to being movie nights. Finally, things are back to normal.

What about you? How are you faring in the absence of new Bollywood releases?


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I think you are absolutely right. If your passion becomes your job, you don’t tend to enjoy it. But, on the flip side, the forbidden fruit is always more tempting!

Posted by Hanit | Report as abusive

The last movie I saw was Delhi 6 in February… It is very depressing. The producers and multiplex owners need to come to a truce so our weekends and dinner table conversations can be made more interesting!

Posted by Sakshi | Report as abusive

i think the producers are justified in carrying out the strike. its imp to settle the issues fr once and fr all.

Posted by Dale Bhagwagar | Report as abusive

It was good to see people from different categories in film industry came together for a cause to solve the matter in an amicable manner!

Posted by Bank jobs in Indi | Report as abusive

I think that is nice. Is human life just a dream, from which we never really awake, as some great thinkers claim? Are we submerged by our feelings, by our loves and hates, by our ideas of good, bad, beautiful, awful? Are we incapable of knowing beyond those ideas and feelings?… for that share on Friday

Posted by bankexams | Report as abusive