An Ode to Rewatching Movies

A still from Wake Up Sid

It was an irregular day in my life. I had not watched any new movies or tv series in the last 4-5 days on any of the OTT platforms I had religiously subscribed to. This is huge, considering I never went a day without new content.

I realized the moment you subscribe to something, your mentality shifts in that direction of wanting to make the most out of it. You want to get your money’s worth. And once things turn into a habit, there’s no looking back. OTT platforms had become a habit. Not watching new movies or series in the last few days didn’t stop me from zealously adding new items to my watchlist, but I wasn’t tempted to start any. Was it saturation? Was I tired of the new?

Out of the blue last night, I felt like rewatching a 2009 Hindi movie – Wake Up Sid. I remember loving it the first time I watched it. I did not remember any of the dialogues. I only vaguely remembered the feeling it gave me back then – the mushy, soft, warm kind. I was curious whether I would feel the same way again. So rewatch the movie, I did.

It’s a rarity nowadays to watch a movie twice, mainly because you are subjected to many choices. Why go for the old when you can make way for the new? With the rise of OTT platforms, we have more on our platter. We add items to our watchlist, just like a shopping cart. We start multiple movies or tv shows and taste a bit of each, just like a buffet. Movie watching is no longer an immersive experience. It feels like a chore we need to finish quickly because we are already eyeing another.

There was a time when we used to watch and rewatch our favorite stories. By the time we were done, we were able to crack dialogues in the movie as effortlessly as the actors themselves. I do not remember lyrics or movie dialogues nowadays, but that’s understandable. Things stick only when there’s repetition.

I feel when we have more choices, we tend to become confused. Human nature is such that we are tempted to try everything readily available. Nowadays, surrendering yourself to one experience has become rare. There’s a mishmash of multiple experiences that you are driven to partake in simultaneously.

I couldn’t stop smiling while watching Wake Up Sid. The emotions are all contemporary, very now. It has aged like fine wine. Everything in the movie from 13 years back is still relevant today – the angst of a man who’s disinterested in regular office work, his journey to understand himself and his goals, and gradually falling in love with a passionate, ambitious woman. A woman who says with conviction that she’s not interested in him but her actions and expressions prove otherwise. Sid is very relatable, and so is Aisha. When the characters fall in love, you end up falling for them too. Their charm is such. The magic of good storytelling is such.

We don’t make such movies anymore. Is it because love stories are nowadays made with the male gaze in mind, or is the female gaze less fashionable? I doubt it’s the latter.

Would I get back to any of the movies released nowadays ten years or maybe twenty years from now? Would I sit and rewatch with a smile or cringe at the corniness of it all? Only time can tell. I think it’s about time our Hindi filmmakers resumed making feel-good movies again — so that the romantics, like me, have a decent movie to cuddle up to on a dreary, overworked weekday night.

Bollywood Buzz: Netizens Speculated Alia Bhatt’s Pregnancy Before it Became Public

Source: instagram/@aliaabhatt

I am a big Bollywood fan – a fact I’ve never given away in my blog till now. I wonder why because I have always been a keen observer of Bollywood, indulging in my Filmfare, Stardust, and Cineblitz magazines since a very young age.

As a kid, it was my guilty pleasure since most my age were into Hollywood. Hindi movies were considered uncool.

As an adult, I still stalk Bollywood and everything Bollywood-related. It is how I relax and give my monkey mind a break from overthinking. Needless to say, I am one of those people eagerly waiting for the new Koffee with Karan season on Hotstar.

I think my blog would be incomplete without some Bollywood gossip and banter (nothing toxic; I hate that) because it is as much a part of me as my serious, philosophical side. Two sides of the same coin. With the amount of Bollywood content I consume, maybe I could share something new?

The latest news to hit Bollywood is Alia Bhatt’s pregnancy. Some say she’s due in November. Some say December. But we will never know until it happens (much like her wedding).

A blind that was posted a few weeks back on Miss Malini got it bang-on. Most readers speculated the couple to be Katrina-Vicky Kaushal, but well, we now know the answer.

So, this Bollywood couple who took the plunge recently is all set to be parents. The leading actress and actor are pregnant and expecting the baby in December. Well, we aren’t naming them as removing the cat out of the box will almost be like stealing their thunder. But, you don’t have to wait longer as we hear that the official announcements will happen soon. We are supremely happy and excited about this news and are only waiting for the announcement day now!

You can read the whole post here.

Apparently, as per sources, the news was already shared with a few by Ranbir Kapoor himself during Karan Johar’s birthday party. Viral Bhayani and Manav Manglani will now have a new kid to stalk — unless Ranbir and Alia follow the Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli way and they deny their fans and media any access to their kid’s photographs. Parents know best but I love celebrity kids’ pictures, so I am a bit salty.

P.S: Reddit had predicted the pregnancy way back (in April?) though I have personally not seen that post. The pic below was shared 12 days back by a Reddit investigator. Got to love social media.

A Reddit Investigator Predicting Alia’s Pregnancy from Search Results