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Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda

By on January 20, 2016

…”A story is a strange mix of truth and fiction”. And soon after he said it, we see Manik Babu walk into the mist and become a part of the stories he narrated. There couldn’t have been a better end to this film, and arguably, any story.

Suraj ka Satvan Ghoda was screened at Siri Fort sometime in 93/94. Which means I’d have been 11 or 12 then. My parents had fortunately bought extra tickets for the show and took my brother and me along. The theater was crowded so I remember we all sat separately and I found a place on the carpet laid down along the alleyway. This was my introduction to film festivals. The fact that I could watch a film in a cinema hall with my legs stretched out, without complying to the conformation of numbered seats was liberating in itself. I cannot claim to have fully appreciated Dharamveer Bharti’s parallel storytelling that Shyam Benegal brilliantly weaved together, or how beautifully Vanraj Bhatia’s background score resonated with the film. But a sense of a calm euphoria seemed to take over the cinema hall as everything seemed to come together at that moment. It is one of those vivid memories that would lie tucked away my own version of Bretodeou’s childhood memories box if I had one…

This film, in that moment, inculcated a love for cinema in me like no film appreciation course could ever have. And now that I can blabber at length about Pulp Fiction’s parallel cutting, or the easter eggs in Fight Club, it is that pristine awe that I don’t think I’ve ever felt again while watching a film. I’ve appreciated this film better whenever I’ve seen it more recently but every time I watch it, it’s almost with a subconscious fear of corrupting the original experience.

As the character of Charlotte had put it in ‘Lost in Translation’, I guess sometimes you should never visit the same place again..

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    Jaseya

    January 24, 2016

    What a delightful read. It makes on wonder the importance of enjoying the smaller things in life. I agree with you about not visiting the same place twice. I must thank you reviving my love for cinema. I feel inspired, an emotion that was long lost amidst the busy city life. Looking forward to more of your writing.
    Would like to know what you think of films by Lars Von Trier. I could not find words to relate to the experience. Do fancy a watch if possible – a request from your follower 🙂

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      Vatsal

      January 24, 2016

      Thanks Jaseya. Glad you liked it :). I guess all of us have been through that phase. There was a time I used on a cinema overdose, voraciously devouring films through whatever channels I could get my hands on them – Film Festivals/Torrents/bootlegged dvds. Whereas now, that initial fervour seems to be slowly giving way to just watching what’s playing on netflix or amazon. So yes this blog is an attempt to rekindle that love for films as well.

      As for Lars Von Trier, I’ve so far watched 3 of his films – The idiots, Melancholia and Antichrist. So while I don’t have a fully formed opinion yet, I really liked Melancholia out of these 3. Amidst all the different genres it touches like sci-fi, drama, pyschology – it manages to somehow succeed in building that feeling of pensive sadness throughout in its build up to that ultimate crescendo in the end. I remember watching it in a theater at MAMI and a lot of people around us covered their ears :).

      Any others worth watching? Would love to hear your recommendations.

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