Memories of 1980’s Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations

Social networking doesn’t connect people, festivals do. Wishing friends on festive occasions through messaging apps is not a big deal. Festivals bring people together under one roof. When it comes to celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi festival, no city can compete in vibrancy like Mumbai does. Mumbaikars are applauded for their never say die spirit. Be it any calamity like Monsoon floods, buses strike or political Bandh, the citizens face it bravely. I have closely witnessed the changing phases in celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi right from 1980’s to the 2018’s Instagram age where more emphasize is placed on branding of God Ganesha. God is beyond branding.

Today Ganesh Mandals compete for the best Ganesha Idols with exquisite decoration. I appreciate the competitive energy, but it should be it taken in sporty spirit without getting too much ambitious. Ganesh Chaturthi is festival of devotion, togetherness, happiness and foodie delightfulness.

Back in1980’s, the city’s infrastructure had a very simplistic look. There were no smart phones, gadgets, multiplexes, shopping malls, credit cards or corporate culture. Life was down to earth and so were people. People ran their family within their minimal budget. No matter how debt ridden the 80’s Mumbaikar may be, he used to have separate savings for celebrations of festivals. The bread earner used to eat meal only time and saved his money for his family’s needs. Since I stayed in chawl system and small buildings too, I have closely noticed the enthusiasm of people during eve of Ganesh Chaturthi. Ganesh Idols used to be booked one month in advance. Our building owner used to organize a big event during the Ganesh Chaturthi. After welcoming Bappa in home, prayers were offered along with chanting aarti. What I waited most was the big prasad event when guests were offered puris, modaks, dal, vegetables and sweets. I and my brother used to relish on the prasad like hard core foodies. In the evening, my maternal uncle used to take us to the Sarvajanik Ganesh Mandals to view the beautiful Ganesha idols. In those times of 80’s there was no concept like branding. There used to be special events where small stories were shown with help of idols and lighting. As a kid, I was so swept away in the festive spirit of Mumbai.

During the last day of immersion, I couldn’t stand the view of God get immersed in lakes. The moment was too emotional for me. As I grew and understood the cultural concept behind the festival, I was always keen to celebrate the festival with aplomb. Today people are becoming environmental conscious and prefer to bring eco-friendly Ganesha idols. Especially in cities like Pune and Konkan, Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations are in full swing. Since Mumbai is the business hub, Ganesh Chaturthi festival is more vibrant than any carnivals or festivals held in foreign nations. Even foreign tourists are enthusiastic to enjoy Ganesh Chaturthi festival. The beaches of Mumbai have a philosophical feel to it. During the immersion of Ganesha idols, the beaches itself become a sea of people. The immense crowd, the setting sun, the devotional cries of ‘Bappa Morya’ becomes a venue of emotional farewell.

Such is the charm of this festive occasion. Some things do disappoint me during the events are the partiality done on the common masses during this festive event. Bollywood artists, political personalities and business tycoons are given VIP treatments while commoners have to wait 8 to 10 hours, hungry and thirsty. Why this biased behavior? Isn’t every human being equal in eyes of God? I personally feel that these publicity hungry celebrities, tycoons and political leaders should be made to wait in line along with the commoners compulsory. The Ganesh Chaturthi festival of 1980’s Bombay had its own nostalgic memories. The 1980 was the year where people had time for each other in every occasion. Be it festival or any difficult moment, they stood for each other. I lived that moment of 80’s Mumbai. Today I feel lost in the crowd of corporate class people.

Regardless of changing phases, I still wait for the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations every year.

Bappa Morya!!!


In defence of freedom – A short film on creative independence in writing

Recently months back, I watched a short film – In defence of freedom on Youtube. It was directed by acclaimed actress Nandita Das. The short film shows celebrated Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto addressing a class. The role of Manto is played by versatile actor Nawazzudin Siddiqui. While sharing his thoughts to a class of students, Manto justifies his stand on writing. He had been accused for writing provocative stories with substance of obscenity. All his stories have been criticized for being hard-hitting, vulgar, disturbing and brutally honest. He even had to face court trials for his short stories.

Be it Madame Bovary or Lady Chatterley’s lover, the writer of those books had to face criticisms for writing obscenity. In this short film, Manto addresses lots of issues on censorship in writing. When asked why his short stories are about prostitutes, Manto defends by saying that aren’t prostitutes a part of society. When people visit brothels, then it is no crime, then why shouldn’t a writer highlight the pathos of prostitutes through his stories? He even justifies his stand about writing abusive language in his stories. In day to day life, everyone mouths down filthy swearing words. Through his short stories, he only reflects the scenario of people and their lingo. In the short film, one of the students in the class points out that people get depressive and mentally drained by reading Manto’s stories. On hearing his question, Manto advises the student to speak only what he personally feels and not on basis of other people’s opinion.

The short film highlights the democratic rights and freedom of expression for writers in world of literature. Writers are criticized on every front – be it the writing style, story, grammar, structure or any technical aspect related to writing. Today there are several writing platforms and publishing houses that give writers’ opportunity the creative freedom to voice their ideas through their words. In times of Manto, opportunities were less and publishing houses paid very less. Despite the odds, Manto made his work stand out apart from the crowd.

If I recount my experiences, I had written an article on love affairs and justified my stand on that issue. Lots of people, especially my colleagues personally criticized the article giving it a thumb down. According to them, it was a trash write up that focused lot on infidelity, unfaithfulness, and steamy relationships. I was so morally down and discouraged by the bitter response that I decided to give up writing. Observe any segment of society, love affairs or extra-marital affairs happen. Be it a corporate office or a university campus, love blossoms among teens and adults coming from various walks of life. Many people advised me to give up writing, but the rebel writer in me couldn’t resist himself from putting his ideas, thoughts and emotions on his word document. Watch any movie like Bridges of Madison County or The English Patient, these movies narrated the stories of failed relationship of people and their quest to find true love in arms of other individual. They were hailed as masterpiece in world of movies. Even the 2005 movie – The Brokeback Mountain a tender love story between two cowboys was highly appreciated.

No story is good or bad. Story is a story. People make their opinions based on their thinking. Even a talented writer like Thomas Hardy was so heavily criticized for his novel that he gave up writing full length novel. Despite facing criticisms, writers like Thomas Hardy, Ernest Hemingway, and Stephen King continued to write.

A still from Biopic Manto

Even after several years, Manto’s stories are relevant and been read worldwide. Had Manto survived, he would have definitely fetched a Pulitzer Prize for his contribution towards literature. Ironically, after the partition, he had to leave India and especially the city Bombay he loved the most. Lack of writing opportunities, poverty, court trials, and alcoholism took a toll on his life. There is Manto hidden in every creative person – writer, painter, sculptor or fashion designer. I personally recommend every creative person to watch this short film – In defence of freedom.

A still from movie Manto

To know more about Manto, read his books – Radionaama, My name is Radha, Mottled dawn, Bombay Stories, Kingdom’s end: Selected stories, Why I write and Stars from another sky & his masterpiece story – Toba Tek Singh. Manto didn’t write stories to create sensation. His stories were dark and true reflection of society.

Saadat Hasan Manto’s life is ready as a Bollywood biopic – Manto and is scheduled to release in September 2018.

Why female ghosts are so scary? – A glimpse at the spooky urban legends

Frankly speaking, I am not scared of ghosts, but shudder at the sight of female H.R. (Human resource executive) who keeps you haunting till the last round of your interview and rejects you at the last round (Reasons unknown) . Now coming back to the main topic – why female ghosts are so scary? Female empowerment is also seen in ghost world. Here too women want to dominate the spirit world. Nothing scares men more than a woman in a white saree waiting for a lift in midnight. (Why can’t the female ghosts hire an Uber or an Ola Cab?) Nowadays even cab services have their own mobile app. These female ghosts prey on lonely men in dark of night. (May be their ghost boyfriends didn’t pay for their shopping bills  ) Whatever reasons may be, these female ghosts hunt down their victims – especially cab drivers, taxi wala, a rich spoilt brat or a flamboyant superstar).

Recently I was reading a scary short story by Ruskin Bond titled ‘Wilson’s bridge’. The short story had a gothic feel and an aura of scary melancholy. The scary story is about a village girl named ‘Gulabi’ who is victim of her husband’s infidelity and commits suicide by jumping from a bridge. After that incident, the village people witness the phantom figure of Gulabi jumping from the bridge. The story takes an interesting turn when writer Ruskin Bond himself encounters Gulabi and what happens next is shocking and intriguing. The short story ‘Wilson’s bridge’ reminded me of movie – Sleepy Hollow revolving around a headless horse rider. Even writer Rudyard Kipling’s story – The Phantom Rickshaw was about a female ghost haunting her lover. I found this short gothic story very unique.

Now coming to movie section, movies like Conjuring and Ring have created a lot of buzz. The 2002 movie Ring was trending due to it unconventional storyline about a videotape. Once you watch the videotape, you are sure to die after 7 days. Before dying, the victim gets a phone call and the creepy female ghost Samara comes out of the television to hunt its victim. The movie Conjuring has created its own series – Annabelle and the upcoming ‘The Nun’. Here too the family is haunted by a ghostly entity – A scary nun and a mysterious doll named Annabelle. Even the movie Ragini MMS revolved around a female ghost. Now a new horror comedy ‘Stree’ is hitting the screens this weekend on 31st August 2018. Based on a spooky Indian urban legend, it revolves around a phantom figure of a woman who preys on men. The story is set in a small town based in Madhya Pradesh. It is a hilarious spoof with some scary jumps to keep you entertained till the intriguing climax. Actress Shraddha Kapoor’s role is kept in wraps. Is she really the ghost? It is best to be seen on the big screen.

Even movies like Chandramukhi, Bhaghmati and Madhumati had a supernatural element in it. But the scariest of all was ‘Woh Kaun thi’ starring actress Sadhna as the ghostly figure haunting Manoj Kumar during her night trips. It was loosely based on novel ‘Woman in white’ written by Wilkie Collins. There are several haunted forts, mansions, bungalows and Havelis in Rajasthan and scariest of all is the haunted fort Bhangarh. There are also some ridiculous rumors about ghosts of Rajasthani queens roaming around in Chittor fort. No one knows how much truth lies in these urban legends about the ghosts and apparitions of queens during the ancient times.

If you are scared of going to bathroom after watching a scary movie, then the fear is not about the scary female ghost but the grumpy face of your demanding boss which keeps hallucinating in your mind. Nothing is scarier than preparing power point presentation on Mondays. No wonder, Mondays are more fearful than Halloween day or Friday the 13th. Ghosts and apparitions are conjured fantasies of mind that should be restricted only to books and movies. If anything is scarier in the world, it is your mother-in-law who always comes uninvited or the relatives who appear suddenly nowhere out of the world during the examination results.

Satyamev Jayate: A vigilante against corrupt cops

Do vigilante in real life really exist? Is there any crusader fighting against corruption in system? Such masked heroes or crusaders only exist in movies. The 2018’s action movie ‘Satyamev Jayate’ is a fight of Veer (played by John Abraham) against the corruption happening in Police system. The opening sequence shows the vigilante torching a corrupt cop alive. As movie progresses, the body count starts. Many corrupt cops are torched to death by Veer, a painter with a haunted past. The horrible murder of corrupt cops shakes off the police system. Deputy Commissioner of Police Shivansh is summoned to bring this ruthless vigilante to justice. Thus begins the clash between cop and the vigilante. Despite the sharp mind, technology tracking, no one is able to trace his whereabouts. The crusader is always one step ahead of the Police. More the cops try to trap him, more smartly the vigilante outsmarts them with his strategic moves. In one of the killings, the vigilante burns a corrupt cop to death in the police station. As DCP Shivansh pieces together the clues and loose ends in the murder of corrupt cops, he discovers that the vigilante is leaving clues through his actions. Veer is unstoppable and so is DCP Shivansh. What will be the outcome of this clash? Will Veer succeed in wiping out all the corrupt cops? How DCP Shivansh will bring him to justice forms the crux of this patriotic action movie with a social message.

Do takke ki jaan lene nau millimeter ki goli nahi … chappan inch ka jigra chahiye – Dialogues from the movie

‘Ek shapath aapne li thi … apni vardi, apne farz ke liye … ek shapath maine li hai baba … is medal ki khoyi hui izzat lautane ki … jinhe khakhi pehenne ka haq nahi … unhe khaak mein milane ki’ – dialogue from the movie

Veer is haunted by a dark past – the suicide of his father who is accused of taking bribe. Despite being an honest cop, Veer’s father is framed in a false case and terminated as a corrupt police officer. The false accusations on his honesty provokes Veer’s father to burn himself to death. Thus begins the transformation of an innocent boy into a ruthless vigilante against the bribe-hungry and criminal minded cops working within the Police system. The match stick becomes Veer’s weapon to reduce the corrupt cops to ashes. Satyamev Jayate will remind you of several movies like Death Wish, Law Abiding Citizen, Hindustani, Gabbar is back, Aaj Ki Aawaaz and the recent movie – Bhavesh Joshi Super Hero. Bhavesh Joshi Super hero was a realistic story of a vigilante against the corruption prevailing within the system. To seek the vengeance of his friend’s murder, the lead hero Harshvardhan Kapoor become a dark knight styled hero against the criminals. Sadly, this movie didn’t get the due it truly deserved for. Looks like the audience expected some raunchy dance numbers and ‘Dabbang’ styled fake 3D action in Bhavesh Joshi Super Hero.

‘Choti machli bahut pakad li … ab magarmach pakadne ki baari hai’ – dialogue from the movie

Veer reminds you of DC comics’ hero Batman. The murder of his parents in broad daylight shatters the childhood happiness of Bruce Wayne. He later goes on to become Batman – a masked crusader against the Mafia and the petty criminals lurking in Gotham city. What clicked for audience in this movie is the 90’s masala action, cheesy dialogues and fast paced storyline. John Abraham as the vigilante against the corrupt cops is really believable. His feat of tearing a tyre apart in action sequence is worth applauding. Though the vigilante’s action in the movie is not worth advocating or approving, the audience still feel a soft corner for the crusader with a haunted past.

Through Satyamev Jayate, one can see the corruption happening internally within the law. Not every cop is honest and not every cop is corrupt. Our city is safe because somewhere an honest constable or a cop is on duty non-stop, safeguarding our citizens from crime. Vigilantes like Zorro, Robinhood, ‘V for Vendetta’, ‘Batman’, ‘Green Hornet’ etc are limited only to books and movies. As far as honest cops are there, truth and justice will always prevail.

Satyamev Jayate

Celebrating 150 years of Little Women

Some books are so familiar, reading them is like being home again’ – Louisa May Alcott

Poster of BBC’s mini series – Little Women

A celebration of feminine spirit, author Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel – Little Women completes 150 years in world of literature. Since its publication in 1868 and 1869, Little Women was published in two volumes. It has never been out of print and the charm of ‘Little Women’ has been passed on from generation to generation. Though Little Women’s theme was feminine, it universally appealed to both genders.

The new movie adaptation of Little Women (2018)

The endearing story of Little Women – Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy became memorable in minds of readers and still finds a place in bookshelf of Bibliophiles. The novel Little Women was based on Louisa May Alcott’s life and her family. The characters in the novel are actually based on sisters of Louisa. The character Jo March is a replica of Louisa herself. Louisa was a tomboyish type girl who had a sharp tongue and a fiery temper. When I had initially brought this book, I thought it to be similar to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. After completing the book, I had changed my assumptions towards Little Women. If Pride and Prejudice was about match making, marriages and love, Little Women was about friendship, compassion, togetherness and courage to endure life’s odds smilingly. Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is a reflection of every woman who aspires to do something big in life.

Poster of 1994 movie – Little Women

Little Women had been adapted countless times in movie and television. Among all adaptations, Actress Winona Ryder’s movie – Little Women is hailed as the best movie adaptation that succeeds in capturing the spirit of the book. Winona Ryder received Oscar nomination for her role of Jo March in the movie. Off lately, BBC ONE channel has telecasted a two part mini-series featuring new star cast. Debutant actress Maya Thurman Hawke is portraying the role of Jo March in the new adaptation of Little Women.

A still from 2018’s movie Little Women starring Sarah davenport as Jo March

‘New generation, Same sisters’

There is one more movie adaptation scheduled to release in September 2018 and will celebrate the 150 years of beloved classic. The 2018 movie adaptation is a modern version of Louisa’s classic based in Instagram age. Definitely there must be some magic in Alcott’s writing and so that’s why Little Women is adapted newly every time to a new generation that is yet to meet the timeless March Sisters. From Winona Ryder, Maya Hawke to the new star Sarah Davenport, every actress is seen enlivening Jo March to a different set of audience.

Every time I read Little Women, I discover a new perspective in life. The character Jo March has been my role model to help me sustain myself even in tough times of adversity. To know more about Jo March, you have to read Little Women. Through this small write up, I am celebrating 150 years of Louisa May Alcott’s delightful classic – Little Women.

Dhadak – A new dark chapter of honour killings

‘A pair of star-crossed lovers take their lives’ – excerpt from William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy ‘Romeo-Juliet’

The word ‘Dhadak’ means beat of heart. Heart skips a beat when you glance at your sweet heart every time she passes through your sight. Love happens, love birds swear to stay together till the last breath of life. Only the lucky ones survive to tell their love stories to their grandchildren. Not everyone is lucky as Raj and Simran from movie – Dilwale Dulhaniya le Jayenege where Simran’s understanding father allows her daughter to elope with her lover. Had Raj and Simran been killed, the movie wouldn’t have got the universal appeal. Real love stories are different from reel love stories. There may be a happy ending in a romantic Bollywood flick, but in realistic love stories, such instances are rare.

Out of 100%, 80 percent of love birds become victim of honor killings. Taking this issue as a topic, Producer Karan Johar is all set to release his new tragic love story – Dhadak featuring fresh debutants Ishan Khattar and Jahnvi Kapoor as the love birds struggling to survive in the hate-driven society obsessed by caste, custom and orthodox beliefs.

Dhadak is remake of 2016’s blockbuster Marathi movie – Sairat which highlighted the dark horrors of honor killings. The movie was applauded by both critics as well as audiences. A fisherman’s son Parshya falls for Archi, a politician’s daughter. Obviously, this relationship is not accepted by the politician. The lovers elope, rebel and get married secretly. The climax ends on a disturbing note when the girl’s family kills both Parshya and Archi. Movie Sairat had two remakes – One in Kannada and other in Punjabi. The Punjabi movie – Channa Mereya was equally entertaining as the original. The 2018 movie Dhadak has a different climax which is more chilling and disturbing than the original movie.

Movie – Sairat is inspired by several honour killings case. Even today inter-caste love is a taboo in India.

The premise of movie ‘Dhadak’ is based in Rajasthan where a commoner boy Madhukar played by Ishan falls in love with a politician’s daughter Parthavi played by Janhvi Kapoor. Tension erupts when the politician gets a wind of the love affair of her daughter with a petty middle class boy. The boy is thrashed by the politician’s goons but the girl rebels against the father and elopes with her lover. The real test of love begins when Parthavi and Madhukar escape to a new city away from their family, facing hunger and loneliness. They fight, quarrel and separate only to realize that love can endure any hardships. Madhukar and Parthavi get married and start living a happy married life. Little do they realize that a dark past from their life will come chasing to break their nest of love. Will Madhukar and Parthavi face the same fate as Parshya and Archi in original movie ‘Sairat’? Will the families of Madhukar and Parthavi unite? Is family value, tradition, religion above everything? The upcoming movie Dhadak will highlight the dark chapter of honor killings this July.

William Shakespeare was the first author to highlight the issue of honor killings in his romantic tragedy – Romeo & Juliet. Despite aware of their warring families, their children fall in love only to die horrifying death. The circumstances force the lovers to end their lives on a tragic note. Even today, love marriages are not acceptable, especially in India. Though Romeo-Juliet’s story ended with suicide of lovers, today’s young lovers are killed miserably by their parents. This heinous action is termed as ‘Honour killings’. Even today inter-caste love is a taboo in India. Every year several lovers are brutally murdered somewhere in the name of honor killings. According to statistics, 1000 honour killing cases are reported every year in India.

Though love starts on a happy note, it definitely ends on a violent note in India. Even after several years of independence, our people are still stuck to false honors, customs, religion and traditions

In countries like U.S, children are left free at age of 16 by their parents. They are free to choose their partner. Once the son completes his graduation in U.S, he is gifted a car by his father. There is open-mindedness among parents and children in foreign nations. Even a girl is given freedom to choose her partner. She can learn, travel and party freely with her friends. But in a conservative family of India, a girl has to reach home by 7 pm. Even if she mistakably decides to marry a boy of a different caste, either the girl is severely thrashed or the boy is kidnapped and beaten to death. For a family in India, their honour is greater than their child’s happiness. They would prefer to kill their daughter, but never sacrifice their emotions for their child. This is grim fact that honor is greater than emotions in rural and urban areas of India.

The most shocking case of honour killings occurred in India in 2007. A newly wed lovers – Manoj and Babli were kidnapped and brutally murdered by the girl’s family.

Manoj and Babli had rebelled against their families and got married. Even the boy’s family was against this relationship. The killing of this couple was ordered by a khap Panchayat, a religious based council in rural villages of Haryana. Though the accused were arrested, but the lovers paid a high price at the cost of their lives. Especially in rural areas of India, such heinous judgments are passed by the Panchayat. I strongly feel that law system should take severe actions against honour killings and put a stop to these violent brutalities.

The 2015 movie – NH10 was loosely inspired by Manoj and Babli honour killing case in which couple witness an honour killing. Though the couple tries to protest against the incident, the killers become hell bent to kill their witnesses. The 2012 Yashraj movie – Ishaqzaade was based on inter-caste love conflict where the couple shoot each other to avoid falling in hands of their blood thirsty families. Even the 2010 movie – Aakrosh focused on topic of honour killings.

Produced under the banner of Dharma Productions, Dhadak is scheduled to release on 20th July 2018 and marks the debut of late actress Sri Devi’s daughter Janhvi Kapoor in Bollywood.

The thrill of watching a mythological movie in cinema hall

Before the arrival of mythological T.V shows like Ramayana and Mahabharata on Doordarshan channel, movie audiences were eager to watch Hindi mythological movies like Jay Bajrangbali, Jai Santoshi Maa, Nala Damayanti, Har Har Mahadev etc. Mythology was a successful genre in 60’s, 70’s and 80’s era. The mythological movie on Goddess Santoshi Mata was so phenomenally successful in 70’s era that the cinema halls were no less than temples for devotees catching glimpse of Gods and goddesses. Even biopic on Shirdi Ke Sai Baba was a blockbuster in mythological genre. 60’s and 70’s was the time when mythology genre was a successful formula for movie producers.

It was in this era when wrestler Dara Singh had made his cinematic debut in Hindi movies and was an icon in his own times. He was more popular than the WWF wrestlers like Dwayne Johnson and John Cena. He became popular for portraying mythological figures like Lord Hanuman, Bheem, Balram and Shiva on screen. Bajrangbali was one of the successful mythological movies of 70’s featuring Dara Singh as Lord Hanuman. Dara Singh’s personality was synonymous to courage, strength, masculinity and bravado. He was an idol for youngsters in wresting grounds. After playing role of Lord Hanuman in movies, Dara Singh once again portrayed the role of God Hanuman in Ramanand Sagar’s TV serial – Ramayan.

During my childhood times, there was a single screen cinema called ‘Jawahar’ near my residence. My grandfather and maternal uncle were serious movie lovers. Be it a historic, romantic or a typical Bollywood masala movie, they were a sucker for it. Nowadays apps like Bookmyshow, PVR Cinemas make it easy to book movie tickets from the comforts of home. Earlier newspapers had a separate page for the details of newly released movies in city. The black and white movie posters in newspapers had their own charm. My grandfather and uncle planned an afternoon show on Sunday. Even I and my younger brother couldn’t resist the thrill of watching a movie in theatres. It was the mid 80’s era when Ramanand Sagar’s TV show – Ramayana had just started on Doordarshan Channel. The Sunday’s morning time was scheduled only for Ramayana serial. It was a thrill for me to watch the story of Lord Hanuman on 70 mm silver screen. Since it was Sunday, the queue was obviously long for afternoon slots. Unlike today’s multiplexes, it was a cinema hall minus the air condition. The old shabby seats, bugs and tiresome ceiling fans were all the single screen cinema hall could afford. The cheap pop corns and stale hot Samosas were relished by audience during intervals. The Samosas of cinema halls have their unique taste.

I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Bajrangbali’ with the audience and clapped at every action sequence, special effects in the movie. Watching God Hanuman on silver screen gave me the feel of praying before God in a temple. As the end credits began, I was too emotional to leave the cinema hall. I cherished that moment of watching an interesting movie in cinema halls. Today’s kids are crazy for stuffs like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Avengers, Superman, Batman etc but lord Hanuman is father of all super heroes. Sadly, the old cinema hall couldn’t continue screening movies due to lack of maintenance and arrival of posh multiplex movies. It got closed down in late 90’s. Wish I could bring back the joyful moments of my childhood times!! I just have to close my eyes and rewind to that golden age of childhood innocence.