Update for week ended 20 May 2011
Hillstation towns are usually quiet after sundown. And the sun sets earlier than in the plains. The salubrious weather attracts tourists, but the original inhabitants, other than the locals, were the British, who built manors, cottages, mansions in large estates, overlooking sanguine blue lakes, or ravines and valleys. They had manicured lawns, with picket fences, and stone steps that led to the main door. The patio would be large and the white painted door would have a brass knob. There would always be a cemetery in the woods, where wild flowers would bloom, and tombstones that would not tell the real story of the person buried beneath it. It is such quaint little hill towns that attract the movie directors to set a whodunit or a paranormal activity thriller. And with advanced technology, they don’t need to rely on gory makeup, or ghoulish masks to scare people. The silence, the squeaking gate, the garden swing would be perfect to essay the role of spooking the audience. At times, directors try and throw in some people into the movies to do the scary act – like in a movie that is currently raking in the moolah at the box-office. The hero is enough to scare the daylights out of the audience, so what if he has cut off his dreadly locks..
But in the hot summer, D Street was not looking forward to any spook. But they were wrong – scares don’t announce their arrivals, they happen. And unlike the past, when ghostly figures would strut across the street screeching, wide mouthed, with blood dripping from their fang-like teeth, these days, it was all about silence and subtlety. So the D Boyz were truly spooked out when nothing unusual was said by the Governor. They tumbled – tumbling the SENSEX along the way, and the scary silence in the street kept them down for long. Even when some folks in the East tried to “green” the environment, by splashing green “holi” colours everywhere and onto everyone, the Boyz could not get out of their fears. They shuddered like the handheld camera in some amateur scary movie video….. and the SENSEX tumbled 810 points, thus far this month, to be where it is today – at 18326.
I haven’t see an Indian movie in a long time, but perhaps that reflects the quality of films – such that leading international film festivals don’t have any films from the “most prolific movie making country”. And please save me those Oh So Indian movies that show the little boy jump into a gutter so that he can escape from the locked open air loo; or when single old men living in large Kerala houses, go catch rats and dunk them in the village pond. Those are not movies that I go after. Maybe instead of horror, or scary movies, I will catch up on cartoon films – like the colourful one that I recently saw, set in the idyllic Brazilian seaside city. And in this hot summer weekend, maybe some cooling ice maybe the ultimate treat.
Have a nice weekend … and do let me know what movies you saw this weekend….