Bollywood is a word that is synonymous with not only India, but with glamour, excess, and perhaps more than anything else, fun!
While I was killing time in Goa waiting for a train (which turned out to be a nightmare) I decided to go and catch a Bollywood film in a nearby cinema.
As I lined up to purchase my ticket, I noticed the usual staring from the locals but when I reached the front of line to complete my transaction with the teller, I noticed the interest was perhaps more enhanced in this environment than many others in india.
The attendant first laughed, followed by a quick ‘do you speak Hindi?’ I do not, and after I assured him I would be fine I began fielding similar questions from the locals as I killed the 15 or so minutes before the start with a series of chain smoked cigarette.
… The film is about to start and I’m surrounded by my new friends waiting to see how I will enjoy the film with no working knowledge of Hindi. What followed (in the film) was truly extraordinary.
I have absolutely no knowledge of the blueprint for a great Bollywood film, but something tells me this followed the guidelines to a tee. The initial set up was a serious action film, but was soon ensued by a love film, a comedy, and a musical. Yes friends, I was truly amazed by the films ability to seamlessly flick from a seriously intense battle sequence to a several hundred person dance piece mid scene!
I found it utterly ridiculous, yet bizarrely exciting. There was enough basic English contained within (catch phrases seemed to all flow in English) to allow me to decipher the plot lines fairly clearly, but it was the open display of emotion presented by the audience that provided the true entrancement of this film as a live spectacle. It was the viewers sitting next to me that made me feel like like I was not in a cinema, but watching The Bodyguard unfold in real time, live in a theatre.
Now, I make no attempt of portraying this as a film review, head over to The Bodyguard’s review on IMDb for that. What I am trying to convert, is how much fun it actually is to see a Bollywood film while in India. It certainly is an experience I won’t be forgetting anytime soon!!