COUGH SYRUP AND SRK
can be very stressful. I'm a cook - or better, I was. One day
something happened that pushed me into quitting: my health!
When I quit, I came down with the worst cold and cough I'd ever
had. I was sick for a month and a half. So, one Sunday, I stayed
home because I was feeling so bad. I was also bored out of my
mind. Zapping through all the TV channels, I couldn't find anything
that held my interest. And then, on a Dutch channel, I came
across something different.
didn't know it was Bollywood. (Later, I would realise that in
the past I had seen, and liked, clips from Bollywood movies
before, but they had seemed so inaccessible that I hadn't known
how to follow through.) I didn't even know it was a movie. I
couldn't understand the language, and actually had no idea which
language it was. If the goofy looking guy hadn't been so darn
funny, I would have continued to zap. But he was funny,
and I could do with cheering up, so I decided to give it ten
minutes. I learned that this goofy looking guy was called Raj
and he wanted to go on a trip across Europe. Ten minutes turned
into twenty. I learned that a girl called Simran wanted to go
on a trip across Europe too, but afterwards she would have to
go back to India to wed!
decided to leave it for thirty minutes. I still had no clue
that it was a movie, but I was very amused by what I saw. Suddenly
the goofy looking guys started to sing and dance (at the time,
not knowing about the lip-syncing but, I thought wow, these
actors sing well!). I just loved the part where Raj drops Simran
at the end of the dance in Paris. Anyway I knew these two would
fall in love and of course after an hour and half later I realised
it was a movie.
was simply blown away by what I was seeing and hearing. I thought
it was a musical or something, but from what country, I didn't
know! The afternoon grew late; I didn't notice it had become
dark. I kept thinking, this isn't fair, she doesn't love this
guy who she's supposed to marry! He didn't look like a nice
guy, either! I wanted to know what was going to happen, I needed
to know. I don't cry easily, but at the end when Raj got beat
up, I pinched a few tears away!
the movie I wanted to know what I had seen, but all I could
discover from consulting the TV guide was that this movie -
the most beautiful movie I had ever seen - was called DDLJ.
For a month I couldn't stop talking about it. I was so excited
and taken with it. I wondered if there were any other movies
like that out there. It wasn't until some months later, when
I was reading the Empire, that I saw a picture of SRK. Excited,
I told my mom that this was the goofy looking guy in the movie.
Finally, I knew his name - and that this cinematic revelation
was called a Bollywood film! A year later, they played that
movie again, andI taped it. Sometime later they played Devdas,
but by that time I had already seen Lagaan.Of course I taped
Devdas and later bought Lagaan. Thus began my love affair with
Lagaan and Devdas I got a computer and started to look up Bollywood.
I couldn't believe the wealth of information that I found, but
getting hold of those movies was very difficult. Asoka and KKHH
cost me a fortune - but one I gladly invested. I got my parents
to watch Bollywood movies with me and they actually like them
too. But for me, as I'm still learning about them, it simply
opened up a brand new world to explore, not just movie-wise,
but India-wise too.
movies encourage me to pick up another language. I've started
to dance more, to broaden my horizons and listen to filmi music.
It's a hobby in a way to learn about these films and about India.
But as opposed to the poverty we get to see in documentaries,
it has made me see the more beautiful side of India, like the
landscapes, the cultures and religions and customs. Through
these movies I've grown to respect India, its people (and its
film industry) even more than before. Its splendor, its magic,
its spellbinding cinema, the music, the dance routines, and
the actors have hooked me for life!
can't use Bollywood or India in my profession, but I sure can
use Bollywood and India in my life. I feel richer and wiser
knowing things others seem to ignore.