Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Impromptu movie evening

I reached home late last night, not looking forward to eating the dinner I’d prepared in the morning. But I guess I’d cooked under a favourable planetary alignment. The vegetable-daal was quite tasty.

Fortified with good humor, I asked my cousin if he wanted to catch a late night movie some where. Pat came the reply, “I’m not watching ‘Luck’.”

I sputtered something in alarm. Kids these days have no sense of what’s good and what’s not. I insisted that ‘Luck’ would be a great movie, considering its stellar cast.

Like who?”, he asked solemnly.

“Sanjay Dutt, that’s who!”

For the next five minutes, there was laughter. I’ll just put it down to ignorance of youth, to novice dismissal of unparalleled expertise, to not knowing great talent when it’s staring down your gullet, etc. etc.

In any case, I threw a little tantrum when he suggested we watch ‘Transformers’. So, as a compromise we decided on ‘Night at the Museum-2’.

Now, I don’t get newspapers at my place, so I was generally wondering whether we should make a quick dash to Gaiety-Galaxy or Globus or Suburbia. In the mean time, my cousin was checking his mobile. A minute later, he came up with a listing of where the films were being screened, etc. with ticket prices. “Just Dial”, he informed.

And then he went on to tell me that if we went to PVR-Juhu, we’d get free Coke and popcorn as well. I didn’t know ‘JustDial’ gave you that kind of information. If I wasn’t suitably shocked already, cousin coolly asked me if I’d like to know which seat numbers would be balcony aisle seats! I mean…WOW!

Of course, I don’t know if he was serious or if such sarcasm was to strategically get back at family who don’t go watch Transformers, but man, was I impressed! So much so that I left my mobile phone behind at an ATM. (Very nice of the sweet security guard who’d locked up my phone in some red cabinet and handed it over to me with a grunt.)

As an aside:

The movie: the first part is tepid. The second part – man…is it funny or what! The guy who plays the Pharaoh – he is absolutely fantastic. In fact, he plays Phoebe’s scientist boyfriend in a couple of F.R.I.E.N.D.S.’ episodes. Oh, and those fat, singing cherubs…too cute!

All in all, it was a very nice evening. But I sure miss multiplexes.


omnithere said...

though i feel i have reached my comfort .. something .. in hyd, i think i'd really like it if the universe makes it possible for me to move to mumbai some time in the future .. though it seems highly unlikely now .. :)

Priyanka said...

Was wondering about the movie - will def go watch now.
Oh, and the guy's name is Hank Azaria and he takes this brief but hilarious parts in a lot of movies.
I love your blog, btw. I guess this is my first comment, but I really liked the Sanjay-Dutt-laughter part :)