was standing in the queue for tickets to 'the aviator' when i heard two twenty-somethings ahead of me, squeal something about going to the movies together. now films have always been a lonely occupation for me. just the screen, the coffee in my hand and me. used to hate the incessant chatter when movies have all the magic. but hindi films are another creature altogether. you need company to slay it, caress it, keep it or throw it. anyway, here they were to twenty something women discussing a new film which i was certain i was never going to see it, because the woman who usually drags us to these films had just found herself a new job. so i listened in happily.
"did you know he got it lasered?"
"yaa men. now he is all chicknaa. warnaa he was so hairy!"
(aah! so they are talking about anil kapoor, but why? i thought zayed khan was more their generation, but i listen on...)
"how could you see it without me!"
"sorry yaar, i had to take my mother!"
"how could you! you could have called me at least. i would have come with you! your mum knows me!"
"no re. sometimes she is just verrrry low. its been seven months since dad died naa. so she needed to be a little pampered."
"yahi film you got or what to see?!"
"aare baba but it was sooo baad! i'm telling you, tera sau rupaya bach gayaa!"
"aare...kareena's clothes are the only good thing about the movie!"
"lekin the promos are sooo hot --"
"they must have shot the promos separately!"
"aare...bol to rahee hoon, at least shbd they showed sanjay dutt's bare back. this one has nothing. poora waste of sau rupya!"
"what are you saying?!"
"there's no bewafaii in bewafa at all!"
(at this point they notice a huge smile across my face, and realise that i have been listening. they put a hand on their mouths and start giggling. i motion them to move forward as it is their turn to buy tickets. predictably, they are going to watch 'sins'!)