Festivities on celluloid

September 1, 2009

It is difficult to live in Mumbai and not get a whiff of the Ganesha celebrations on in the city.

In fact, if you live in India, it is difficult to be in any city this time of the year and escape the festive air that pervades everything.

Suddenly everything gets a Ganesha/Durga Pooja/Onam flavour, including work. And since my work pertains to the magical world of movies, this time of the year gets me thinking of both things — festivals on celluloid.

Who can forget the iconic climax in Ram Gopal Varma’s “Satya”, as the camera snaked through the crowds of Ganesha immersion, or Sunil Dutt walking with the crowds in “Dard Ka Rishta” with a Ganesha idol in his hands?

Indian films have always made use of the backdrop of these festivities, especially during the climax of the films — since the inherent drama in these scenes adds to the overall look. Remember Amitabh Bachchan in “Agneepath”? Or even the Holi sequence in Sholay?

As recently as “Delhi 6″, director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra used the Ramlila in Delhi to showcase an important theme in the film.

But my favourite festival moment on celluloid is the ‘Deva Ho Deva’ song that Mithun Chakraborty and Amjad Khan sing in “Hum Se Badhkar Kaun”.

Invariably that song would be played on television screens as soon as Ganesha arrived in our homes, and for me it became a part of those memories.

Which is your favourite festival moment on celluloid?

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I like the Ganesha Chaturti song sequence in Don (with Sharukh Khan ;-)

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