I am a big movie buff. Movies just have that effect on me, they make me live the characters and give me things I can cling on to. Long after a movie has ended I keep thinking of how it could have be differently made, the actors could have acted better, music, editing; everything remains with me It would be difficult to choose one movie but I am happy to share the one that changed me the most. Be it a rerun on satellite Television or watching clips on YouTube, the movie I cannot get enough of is Lagaan!
Lagaan, a movie where Mr. Perfectionist is the protagonist, the ‘heroine’ was a newbie and most of the second half was …well a cricket match!
Prior to Lagaan; like all dreamy eyed teenage girls; my favorite sport was Lawn Tennis. I wept to bed when Andre Agassi lost and admired Pete Sampras win one title after the other. Tennis was the glamourous one and cricket was the desi one; also tennis was for us girls while cricket was for boys. Cricket had me all confused with long on, gully, LBW and what not!
I had actually bunked my school to watch Lagaan. It was less because of the movie theme and more because of hot abs of Aamir!
The best thing about a well-made movie is besides you get the paisa–wasool feeling you think the movie should have been longer. This movie had the exact effect on me. Songs just came at the right time…. devotional, romantic, motivational all of them! It was a very secular and progressive film too with the team having people from all over India. I loved the way Kachra for one was accepted as part of the cricket team and the society. A subtle and strong message! The performances were such that I really thought of the era being pre-independence while Aamir was really the gareeb kisan—Bhuvan.
The movie changed my perspective towards our nation’s most loved sport—cricket! Second half of the movie had me nail biting and understanding all the little things about the game. It seemed as though the winning of Bhuvan and his team meant everything to me. I wept when they sang ‘O palanhaare…!’ I jumped in the hall when they hit a boundary; I loved the word ‘daud’ for runs! So much thought was put to create an absolute masterpiece.
Post Lagaan, I started following cricket often and became an ardent lover. My craze became an obsession, so much so that I even watched reruns of matches between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe!
I have never got the opportunity (read free passes) to watch a game live, but that does not make me any less a fan! I paint the tricolor as nail art, and burst crackers and clap out loud when Virat completes his 50, 100 (I also clap for Shikhar Dhawan, it is not related to good looks I assure you). But I am not a stupid fan; I mean I don’t post on facebook after every 10 overs knowing fully well that those interested are watching the game and those not, well they won’t care.
But my cricket craze is also turning into nightmare for my family and friends. The day of an important cricket match is filled with excuses to take day off from work and kitchen. If the match happens to be between India and Pakistan then there are several things that happen: totkas are adhered to, like wearing pink, not watching match from 20 to 25 overs, leaving the balcony door open and eating Chinese no matter what etc. (yes I am seriousJ)!
Once two monkeys entered from our balcony and we had a human versus monkey match at home; they pounced on all my furniture and even raided my fridge! On another occasion the Chinese food had to be ordered from such an expensive restaurant that my husband suggested that the cable bill would be unpaid for at least 6 months. Lagaan has made me patriotic cricket lover and with a loving family to back me, it has made me happier J