Monday, September 23, 2013

Good ol' days!!

I happened to catch an old song from the movie Aashique (yep, it's the old one I'm talking about, the Annu Agrawal-Rahul Roy one..) and it opened a floodgate of memories. I remember watching this movie with the people in our apartment. We were quite a large group, must've been around 35 people, young and old. It was a long weekend and my neighbour's turn to sponsor. That was how it was, one of us sponsoring the movies every other month... So we all assembled at their house post lunch, waiting to know which movie we would be viewing today. The neighbour announced the name of the movie and we gave a collective whistle of approval.

We all settled into our "seats", the kids on the carpet on the ground and the elders occupying the chairs and sofas, waiting for the movie to begin. Oh, did I not tell you that we were watching it on VCP? The 'VCP' or the 'video cassette player' was the most 'in' thing those days and we didn't even have to own it...it was available on rent for a mere Rs.70/- for 24 hrs!! So we would select a weekend when we could 'fully utilise' the VCP for all it was worth! Meaning, we would rent out at least 3 video cassettes to watch in the 24 hour span even if meant putting all other work on the back burner! If the VCP was brought at 2pm, we would catch one movie in the 2-5pm slot and return for the next one in the night for a 8-11pm show. The last one would be post breakfast the next day, finishing just in time for the return!

In case you haven't seen one before- that's the VCP for you!


In between a potluck of snacks from all the members and cups of hot ginger tea, it would be so much fun watching movies together like that! No amount of PVR movie watching with bags of butter popcorn and cola, can give me that high ever! In between repeating songs that we wanted to view again, fast forwarding scenes that could be even slightly considered adult in nature, amidst shared knowing glances and suppressed smiles, to pausing when someone had to visit the washroom, it was the most exhilarating experience ever!!

This brings to mind something else too....watching a movie in open air with an entire colony!! During Ganesh-Utsav, the colony would rent a screen-projector and we would all be out in the open ground, hurrying to catch a coveted seat and watch the movie together...and erupt in collective applause when Rajesh Khanna would coax his elephant with a melodious "Chal chal chal mere haathi...."

My kids would never know what it would be to gather like that. This kind of community living is totally lost on them! Maybe they'd even think it was annoying! Makes me wonder if I really belong to the stone age!

13 comments:

  1. If it was the stone age give me THAT any given day over this Silicon age :) It was way more fun then than I even see the kids having these days :)

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    1. couldn't agree more.....im glad i was born in that lovely golden era when life was much more meaningful!

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  2. Yes the good old days... didn't realize Aashiqui was 'old' till you mentioned it... guess the things you grow up with never turn old ! :)

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    1. bingo!

      gosh! makes me even more nostalgic now!

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  3. with the technology advancement and nuclear family concept those thing is surely a miss ! Liked the way you presented it .. :)) and songs of aashique 1 are always nostalgic !

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    1. and i was surprised i could still sing along the whole song...each one of them!

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  4. Good old days. The simple funda of sharing that gave immense happiness. :)

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    1. yea, sharing and caring was what it was all about!

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  5. Ah! your post opened the floodgates of my childhood memories... we two-three families always got together on one of the Sundays of every month or any holiday to watch movies on VCP.
    I remember watching "Dil" with my family friends...and an uncle pulled some strings so that we could keep it for another day. We watched the movie thrice, with parental guidance. :P

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    1. ah! so there's someone who knows what it was like!! 'dil' with parental guidance! and now even 2 yr olds watch 'sheila ki jawani' with absolutely no guidance!

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  6. It seems that things were so much simpler in the old days...or maybe it was that we were simpler - such little things brought so much joy! Thanks for the memories, Princess.

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    1. ur right Corinne... simple things brought us great joys!

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  7. This took me down the memory lane! We did the same too. Watching movies like this in a big group was so much fun. But we used to do it mostly with small kids, girls and mom and neighborhood aunties. And the lady who hosted this movie viewing would make wonderful dishes for the whole group. Some ... good old days....

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