Updated: May 22, 2020
What's there to write about right? It's pretty much just watching movies in theater or OTT right? Yeah, now with the COVID-19 scare it would be pretty much binge watching movies in OTT. Guess what? You are right! But that's not all.
Let's talk about a day in my life - a self made cinema lover. I was not one till a few years back. Thanks to Kamal Hassan I have become a cinema buff. Since then there has been no looking back. So, apart from watching movies what does a day in my life look like? I believe, I will be speaking about every cinema buff if I say that every moment I create a scene. That may sound not so cool and even corny to an extent but that is the truth.
Let us take an example. This happened as recent as last Monday, when along with my colleagues I had gone out on a tea break. All of us remember the scene from the Kamal Hassan classic, Panchatantiram where Simran misunderstands that Kamal and Devayani are having an affair and accuses him of impregnating her. Kamal misunderstands it further and says, "Adi kalli! Sollave illa? (Roughly translated to, "Sly woman! You hid it from me all this while?") thinking Simran is pregnant. The context where this scene got revived was not relevant at all. The conversation was about a person who was known to keep things to herself and this came up.
Well, this is just one instance. All of us get reminded of dialogues from movies no matter how out-of-context the situation is. There is more to the life of a cinema buff. Music!! Yes. I can't remember the number of times I have had the Maestro Ilayaraja's songs playing in my mind in different points of time. To give you an example, there was a point in my life where I was quite overwhelmed with how my life had become aimless apparently. The song that came to my mind was, "Engey sellum intha paathai... " (Where does this path lead to...) from the movie Sethu.
Again, people this is just the tip of the ice berg. Starting from the break of dawn till the death of the night my mind comes up with referential dialogues, earworms, sly smiles, bg music filled tears and so on. Not just that, even when I see some picturesque lighting (natural or otherwise), I get reminded of movies that have shown such lighting. For reference, think about the low lighting Maniratnam shots of his love scenes, the breathtaking locations in K.V. Anand's movies, the rustic nature of Bharathiraja's scenes and the grandeur of S. S. Rajamouli.
I could go on and on. But let me stop here. Here is an appeal. Let us all watch movies, celebrate them and finally, perceive them as we at celluloidtales.com do.
Until next time guys.
And yeah! Don't forget to wash your hands! Stay home. Stay safe. #gocorona