In Lieu of Reading

What does a compulsive reader do on a 14 hour flight without a working reading light?

He first wrings his hand, then switches on the movie channel in exasperation, watches two flicks, Salaam e Ishk and Vivah, thanks the Lord for having kept away from Bollywood cinema for long, wrings his hands again, changes channels and ends up watching two movies that morph the whole travail into a godsend gift.

Here is a trailer of the movie Pan’s Labyrinth (El Laberinto del fauno, in original Castilian Spanish)- the fantastical, if nightmarish story of a modern day Alice in the ‘wonderland’ of fascist Spain, and following it, that of The Painted Veil, based on Somerset Maugham’s novel and set in Shangai 1925 and, IMHO, should have been called Love in the Time of Cholera.

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Author: bhupinder singh

an occasional blogger

4 thoughts on “In Lieu of Reading”

  1. Hahahaa… completely commiserate!! Was on one of those flights earlier this month.. and thankfully chose to watch Children of Men, and Little Children.. Gave the hindi movies a wide berth… not because I don’t enjoy watching them occassionally… but because I already suffer from in-flight restlessness… Handwringing??? I might have been provoked to pick up the seat in front of me and smash my small screen in — given the length of time each little plot line takes to develop.. 🙂

    Btw, really enjoy this blog… Great writing!

  2. I dont watch very many movies, and almost none of the newer Hindi ones, and the reason is that everytime I do so, I feel I ‘ve seen the movie many times earlier. Most seem to treat the audience as dummies, IMHO.
    Glad you like the blog..thanks

  3. Yup. That’s it exactly.. From what I hear audiences are showing increasing disinterest at the boxoffice in the dumb oft-repeated storylines. So, maybe things will turn around soon, but I’m not holding my breath.. 😉

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