Monday, February 27, 2006

Mutterings, Movies and Free Popcorn

Okay, so after another week slogging in the office, managed to escape at 10.00pm Friday night, and to celebrate decided to splurge my time and not work on Saturday for a change (hurray!). So, having a rare free Saturday we decided to go catch some movies. J and I both agreed that this year's Oscar shortlist offers great choice for movie lovers. So having had a leisurely brunch we sheepishly borrowed the newspapers from the neightbours and scanning through the list, headed out to adventureland. Rushing out of home a half hour before a show on a weekend is never a great idea, and definitely not when there is major confusion on the venue. So rushing through the mad traffic, parking and racing across the streets, we did get to the show - only either we were at the wrong venue or at the wrong time (hmm..or was it both). Anyway, we couldn't care less in the mid-day sun so bought tickets for the next show of Crash and hung about in the mall, watching people watch other people hanging about. Major giggling fits at being searched by a very embarrassed looking security woman (girl!) we headed to the theatre for a very satisfying two hours of movie watching. The movie was great but interrupted in between with the girl next to us giving instructions on locating files on her computer in a very loud voice to someone on the other end of her mobile phone (WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE????). She seemed genuinely puzzled at being asked to shut up, but did nevertheless. Great movie - go watch it folks.

J was keen to catch in another show and used major persuasion which ultimately resulted in us entering the theatre a few minutes later (being hurriedly waved in this time by the same embarrassed looking security girl, - as soon as she realised we were about to break into another round of giggling fits). This time we saw 'Mixed Doubles' or was it Mixed-up Couples, or Mixed-Up Direction, or Mixed-Up Boring Jokes...anyway something like that. The concept was great, Mr Kapoor unfortunately couldn't follow it through. Determined not to fall asleep we entertained ourselves with shutting-up people who kept talking on mobile phones, but gave up after being outnumbered by the punjabi ringtones blaring out from all diretions. J had requested the usher to give us seats in the last row in case noone turned up, and sure enough about 10 min into the movie we were moved to the middle seats in the last row. Which was great as the seats had mucho leg-space but unfortunately the seats also had mucho airconditioning blast. (My knees started aching by the way (early signs of rheumatism?) and while walking out I had to pretend my leg had gone to sleep..) J's mumblings on the movie being boring and my musings on how thin Konkana was looking in the movie and how much weight I had put on, were interrupted by the usher coming over and asking if we wanted anything to eat. What?! Uh where did that come from? J said a quick No (always think before answering I say, yes Sir I sure do) but used the next half hour trying to figure out why he had asked us that question. I pretended not to be interested but kept looking out from the corner of my eyes at the usher picking and choosing people to ask them the same question. Oh Gosh, maybe we had won free food, maybe we were in business class seats and the service came free,...I gave up pretending as my stomach growled and the two aunties close to us got a massive bowl of popcorn and coke. We spent the next few minutes debating on how best to approach the usher and finding out what the mystery was (or rather, what was the 'majra') and discovered that it was an order-from-seat service as opposed to free food or a million rupees in prizes and oter such day-dreams that we had. Luckily our disappointing 'Ohs' were soon followed by KonkanaSS and the guy who was playing her husband (but came out as playing a badly raised pouty pre-teen) getting back home and the credits rolling on screen, and we rushed out of the hall to heated arguments on whether we should have watched this before Crash so as to have a good end to the evening, or maybe should have just watched one movie, ..oh whatever. A mad rush along the streets ensued and culminated in satisfying drinks (Stolinchkaya by the way, great vodka) and dinner. Followed by more plans to catch the other nominees..Keep watching this space for reviews.....

2 comments:

foton said...

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Thank you for visiting my blog and for your affectionate words.
Lamentably I do not speak the English language.
But eny way welcome to my house all the time.
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Encarna said...

Last post in Feb???? Comeon...
I know just what u mean in ur previous post about the "hey Sexy" thing...Those are the only 2 english words that north indian boys seem to know. Don't let them get away with it though...