The spelling of Friday has been altered for me irrevocably. In my personal slang dictionary, I spell Friday as FriYAY because it is, hands down, my most favourite day of the week. Fridays are FriYAYs because they not only herald the beginning of the weekend, but also symbolise the day when a brand new movie sees the light of the day for the first time in the form of a film release!
Kinjal and I are self-confessed Bollywood buffs and are unabashed about it. In fact, at the age of 16, when we visited the Madame Tussauds wax museum in London, our excitement rocketed through the roof when we saw the lifelike wax statutes of Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
We love Hollywood too, and were thrilled to see the life-like statues of Zac Efron, Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio but Bollywood will always remain our first love because our tryst with theatres and Hindi films began way back in 1997 when we were just four years old! The first film we saw in a theatre was the Anil Kapoor- Sridevi- Urmila Matondkar starrer ‘Judaai’.
Just imagine- 4 year old boisterous twins with a one minute attention span; at the movies; for the first time. Even now, after all these years, our parents fondly recollect that we were quite a handful when we were young. Dad still jokingly calls us ‘double trouble’ to this day!
Anyways, my mother, being Mother Courage, took us along to the theatre . She was all prepared to come back home midway if we were bitten by the boredom bug and became cantankerous. But Kinjal and I surprised our parents with alarmingly excellent theatre etiquette (which according to mom meant that we maintained silence, did not ask to go to the washroom every half hour, abstained from incessant arguing and let her and dad see the movie in peace.)
Well, that was mom’s perspective about our first movie outing. As for me; I must confess I do not recollect much about the plot of the film but what I do remember with surprising clarity is the fun experience of watching it. I was completely enraptured and in awe of the big screen. It was the very first time that I experienced vicarious thrill through the medium of film and according to me it is this quality of engrossing its audience into a vibrant and dramatic world that gives Bollywood its allure.
Since the age of four, I have been indubitably attracted to all quintessentially ‘Bollywood’ features like colorful songs, energetic dances, mood creating background scores, high octane melodrama, thrilling action sequences, comedic dialogues, heart -warming romance and of course my personal favourite- happy endings!
After our first rendezvous with Bollywood, there was no going back. Over the years Kinjal and I became ‘Big-time Bollywood Buffs’. In fact my fascination for films and Bollywood inspired me to take up research on the portrayal of Gujaratis in Bollywood during my post graduate studies at Xavier Institute of Communications (XIC). Kinjal too researched on the Treatment of Romance in Bollywood for her post graduate research module. I personally loved the module on film critiquing at XIC and currently I am studying adaptation theory (theory and study of films adapted from novels or other mediums) as a part of my Masters in English Literature. So it’s pretty evident that I ‘seriously’ love movies, especially Bollywood.
Through the 25 years of my existence, I have seen some exceptionally well made films and picking a few favourites seems like the toughest task. It’s like asking a person with an incurable sweet tooth to pick just one sweet from an array of delectable sweet dishes! But this is a sweet dilemma that the kktwins want to indulge in.
After much deliberation and rumination, Kinjal and I have decided to create a blog post series titled- ‘#Throwback to Classic Bollywood Films’. This series will include our pick of 3 Bollywood films which according to us are outstanding and above all immortal in their own right.
In the upcoming three posts, Kinjal and I will be giving you all the reasons why we are utterly convinced that these three Bollywood masterpieces are timeless works of fine art. We can’t wait to share with you guys all the lovely reasons why we have been smitten for the longest time with these three classics. The great ‘reveal’ will be next FriYAY. Till then keep spreading the Bollywood mania and keep bingeing on all things Bollywood! <3