Thursday, November 19, 2009

DDLJ at Maratha Mandir

Well, this is another one that was on my wishlist for quite some time.
This Sunday, Neha and I saw Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge at Maratha Mandir. Yes, the same cinema that has been showing the movie for the past 14-15 years.
I so wanted to see DDLJ on the big screen as I had missed out on it when I was young, and I really love the movie. So this Sunday, we landed at central station with that sole purpose. Both of us were a little excited and filled with that feeling you get when you are doing something that you really hadn't imagined yourself doing. We thought, the hall would be empty with us laughing and enjoying the sheer experience of this adventure.
Lo and behold, Imagine our surprise when we entered the gates of the cinema to find that it was HOUSEFULL!!! Years after the release of the movie, with the balcony rates reduced to Rs.25, DDLJ with its tagline of "Come, fall in love..." still goes housefull on a Sunday morning. So we did something (again) that we had never thought ourselves doing. We bought tickets in BLACK! For only Rs.30. Life never ceases to amaze you, does it.
The balcony was full, as expected, with a less-than-IIT ratio of girls to boys. The movie was, to say the least, entertaining. We were mouthing almost all the dialogues along with rest of the crowd. The cheering and whistling at some points was incredible, especially the legendary train scene. It was so much better than the crappy wannabe-Hollywood-cool movies that have no heart and originality that one gets to see these days.
After the movie, we decided to go and see the Chor Bazaar. The reason being that we haven't been there before. It is something. Not very unlike Chor Bazaars at other places in India, it still has a distinctive feel that I haven't been able to point my finger at. Probably the whole village feel and classic 'mela' style shops. Predominantly Muslim area, we came across a big and beautiful marble mosque which surprisingly we had never heard or seen before. It was grand enough to deserve a mention at least somewhere among places worth seeing in Mumbai.
The day ended like a typical day in Mumbai does. Journey back in a local. A day well spent (right before endsems).


Pratik Poddar said...

naaaaaaaiiiiiiceeeeeeee!!! :)

Aditya Somani said...

Moved to my wishlist too! :)

Anonymous said...

hehe...some day pardner!
*roundhouse kick*

Ishan said...

Can you tell me where exactly Maratha Mandir is situated in Mumbai?
I cant find it..

Reisender said...

Get down at Mumbai Central station. It's on the east. Ask any taxiwala for directions. Walkable from the station.