A much needed Bollywood dose

Watching a Bollywood movie takes time. Most of them are at least 2 hours long. Imagine watching 3 Bollywood movies, after being on the night shift.

Yep, that’s what I did. 

I just didn’t want to waste my day sleeping. Weekends are short enough as they are.

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The movie selection process was done completely random. Usually, I would look up one of my favorite actors and see what new releases they might have. This time, I just went with whatever I found available. 

I was not disappointed.

My first choice was “Kidnap” with Sanjay Dutt, Imran Khan and Minissha Lamba. 

Sure enough, it had drama, action, eye candy (for both sexes) and the most important thing, a happy ending for everyone involved. Yep, a true Bollywood movie. Even the bad guy, Kabir Sharma played by Imran Khan) was off the hook for kidnapping Sonia (played by Minissha Lamba). 

The second choice was “I hate luv storys“. 

I think I picked this one because I liked Imran Khan in Kidnap. But, I also liked Sonam Kapoor in Saawariya. With this one the selection process was not so random. I must admit, I was just curious and I like pretty faces.

Usually, when looking for Bollywood romance I always go for old movies. All of them will be compared against “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” (my all time favorite). With “I hate luv storys” I had moments where I skipped forward. This usually happens when I just don’t have the patience for certain scenes. 

It was cute, but not cute enough. 

The last one I enjoyed! I really did. I stumbled on it, and I am glad I did. It was “Chalo Dilli“. 

It was cute and funny. It was relaxing and it had a train ride! It deserves more than what it has on IMDb. This lil gem actually made my day much better. I considered my time (almost 8 hours, with breaks included) well spent. 

What struck me, is that all of these movies are old. 

Chalo Dilli was the most recent one. It came out in 2011.

I really need to get my sh*t together. My life is revolved too much around work. It should be the other way around. I should work so I can live, not live to work. That and I really need a new job, something that has nothing to do with Customer Service, Sales or anything related (if possible).

India’s Frontier Railways

Watching BBC Documentaries: India’s Frontier Railways has become one of my favorite pastimes.

India's Frontier Railways

Each morning when I come home from work, I take the dog out, make coffee for Johnny and in some cases I do some cleaning.  But, before bed I watch TV, for half an hour or so. I’ve found that on TV1 (national television) they air documentaries. This is how I’ve become hooked on BBC documentaries about India.

I love India and its culture. It’s one more my favorite places in the world, with its good and bad parts. I’ve never traveled there and I hope that some day I will have the chance. It’s on my list, along with Japan and South Korea.

It relaxes me and it makes me forget about my daily responsibilities. The documentaries are slow paced and for me its very nostalgic. It’s been years since I’ve been on a train. Ever since Johnny got a car, we gave up on trains.

There are three parts out, and each is beautiful:

1. The Maitree Express

2. The Last Train in Nepal

3. The Samjhauta Express

I never thought I would be the kind who would enjoy documentaries so much. I guess it really matters the content of the said documentary. I’m sure, Johnny would not be as interested in them as much as I am.

There are other documentaries about India that have caught my attention and I plan on watching them. I also love the fact that I can enjoy them early morning, when is just me, Pluto and Marlanu’. They just sleep with me while I get to indulge in a few moments of relaxation. These are the moments that I cherish the most, the moments when you can relax and forget about your worries.

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

I should be at work right now but I made a bad decision yesterday: I ate something I shouldn’t have and here I am, enjoying my extended weekend.

Since I have plenty of time to waste and no way of going out, I’ve decided to watch a Bollywood movie. I had so many to pick from but I wanted an oldie sKuch Kuch Hota Hai it was.

The movie stars Kajol, Rani Mukerji, Shah Rukh Khan and a lot of ’90 fashion. In fact there was so much ’90 fashion it was actually embarrassing at one point.

kuch-kuch-hota-hai

This movie was a big hit back in its day. It has all the elements of a Bollywood hit: a love triangle, tragedy, children and songs. Quick summary:

During their college years, Anjali (Kajol) was in love with her best-friend Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan), but he had eyes only for Tina (Rani). Years later, Rahul and the now-deceased Tina’s eight-year-old daughter attempts to reunite her father and Anjali.

I liked the movie, it was fun to watch but there were so many moments when I felt like Bollywood would incorporate anything in movies without taking in consideration if actors can do it or not. I almost stopped watching the movie after the first basketball scene between Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) and Anjali (Kajol). I’m not asking for perfection from a Bollywood movie, but at least make them practice till a decent scene is shot.

It was clear they never played basketball until this movie…

It was an OK movie. I really can’t complain, I wanted something to fill up my time and the movie did it. I must admit I skipped some parts of the movie (songs, or the running in the rain scenes) because it was a bit tiresome, but over all it was good. I got to see a Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan movie, so that was nice as well.