Back to Titanic

‘You have gift Jack. You see people’ – Rose
‘I see you’ – Jack

A forbidden romance blossoms on an ill-fated ship R.M.S Titanic and the iceberg collision leaves scars of pain, separation and tears in the minds of survivors including Rose. James Cameron’s ambitious dream – Titanic swept the Oscars, making it a nostalgic experience for the movie viewers worldwide. Conceptualizing Titanic’s collision as a backdrop, James Cameron drafted a story of ill-fated lovers – Rose and Jack who cross the path on board R.M.S Titanic. Some reviewers criticized that the romance overshadowed the disaster which claimed the lives of several passengers onboard. For me, the love story onboard Titanic connected with the movie lovers. If it didn’t had romance, Titanic would be no less than a boring documentary.

Even after 19 years of its release, Titanic holds a special place in my heart. What attracted me towards the movie was the lead character – Rose Dewitt Bukater. The older part of Rose was played by Gloria Stuart while the young part was portrayed by Kate Winslet. The 100 year old Rose recounts her memories of the Titanic disaster and the movie rewinds to 1912 when Titanic was ready to make her first maiden journey, unfortunately the last. By a stroke of luck, a poor painter Jack Dawson wins the ticket to board Titanic and the lives of Rose and Jack are destined to meet together.

Though I missed seeing Titanic on big screen, I saw it on Star Movies Channel on 31st Dec 1999. Somewhere I have a nostalgic feeling that I may have boarded the ship ‘Titanic’ in my previous lifetime. Did Rose ever board the ill-fated ship? Was Jack a fictional character in movie? Or was he a real passenger? I had recorded all these thoughts in my 2007 diary. The article on Titanic was my first blog post which I had written before starting my wordpress blog.

People remember the movie for the sensual painting scene. For me, it was more nostalgic because it is the same painted picture of the young Rose which surfaces lots of hidden stories submerged in the ocean of memories. Did Jack survive? It is through memories of Rose that we see Jack the penniless painter who teaches Rose to break free from her chains of aristocracy. In return, Rose unleashes her emotions by posing as a model for Jack’s painting.

The collision spells a doom for these star crossed lovers. What left me in tears was the scene when Jack encourages Rose to start a new life even when he is freezing to death. I hardly see such passion in today’s lovers. Had Jack survived, the story would have been different. There is an old saying that love lives forever in memories and Jack lives forever in memories of Rose.

What live you in memories are the scenes when the violin players keep on playing the instruments even in hour of death. There is another scene of old couple holding each other emotionally on bed in hours of separation.

In the climax, Rose drops the heart shaped diamond locket in the sea and returns back to rest in her bed. The scene then moves in dream where Rose again sees Jack waiting for her on Titanic. They melt in each other’s arms with a kiss. Whether Rose dies or memorizes her feelings is left to the imagination of the viewer.

Sometimes we don’t just watch the movie, we live it. My ears always crave to catch the flute’s sound played in the background. I have revived the memories of Titanic through my words. Someday I hope that in my next lifetime I will definitely meet Rose on a ship. Even if the ship sinks, I won’t let my Rose die.

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2 thoughts on “Back to Titanic

  1. If only the rest of humanity could love movies as poignantly and passionately as you do, Prashant! While I am no fan of ‘Titanic’ myself, I really found your passion and admiration for the film to be stunning and convincing in its power. Anyone, who has loved and admired this film time and again, will be besotted with the heartfelt praise that you have showered on it. Bravo!

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