Indian films were a delight in my house growing up. I recall with relish ”Love in Tokyo” probably the first Indian film I saw, on to “Karate”, Terimanibhaniyan, Mother India (we saw it first on TV and my Dad was so hooked, he got a copy), Toofan, Mard, Burning Train. I never saw Nagin and the famous Sunita movie I heard a lot about, I met a girl during service year who could still recite the vow.
It was fun to watch them, sing their lovely songs and devise means of making our hair long like theirs (my Sister did that with scarves). Looking back I wonder why almost every film was made in loving memory of at least a deceased.
Recently my Sister got me one of those famous 12 in one DVDs, thinking the Indian film I wanted to see again was a part of the collection as portrayed on the pack. Alas it was not ditto Mother India, so much for killing two birds with one stone but then it had Burning Train– fair deal. Thus began my journey to childhood, I particularly looked forward to seeing the two songs sang on the train. However my brothers from the east pulled a fast one, only one of the songs was dubbed however it was the one I loved- “the love song”.
The second time I watched the song I skipped to the scene, immediately my Mum heard it; she said “Burning Train” and started humming. My Dad who was in the toilet came out shortly and said “Mother India” – wrong answer, well he hummed along. Later he confessed the song made him leave the toilet faster and asked that the scene be rewound, this time the three of us hummed together and sang as much as we could.
I love Indian films especially the ones that incorporate their traditional songs and instruments. Indian films where no kissing was ever done so a little child could watch, you dare not try that now. Matter of fact my love for Indian films died a while back with the last set I watched being: Kal Ho Na Hoo, Mujhse Dosti Karoge, Taal, Khabi Khushi Khabie Gham, Hum Tum. I sometimes look forward to seeing them again. I cannot blame advancement for the Bollywood transformation as it is the way of the world but they lost me in it.