Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
Thank God it’s Friday
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?