Monica survived three days of Imagine India, the first 2 days being eventful. The next two days not much but a few good movies to be seen. Now totally exhausted, she goes for the 4th day. The first day experience can be found here and here, while the second day is here and third day account is here.
19th May 2006
Today is the day to have lunch at an Indian restaurant (Annapurna). I have eaten here just once before and I liked it so much that I have been waiting for the chance to come to Madrid and repeat the experience. I suppose this is a good opportunity to go and give this week a complete Indian flavour. The place is quite nice, they have a courtyard with plants although I have read in a guide that the only way to get a table by the courtyard is booking it in advance.
The courtyard inside Annapurna restaurant.
I don’t know if I will survive today’s schedule but I will try. My plan is watching three movies. I must be mad. It seems as if I haven’t learnt my lesson. To make things more difficult, the first two films are at Cine Estudio whereas the third one is at Palafox and I hardly have time to reach there. I am not sure I will be able to make it but I’d rather not think about that now. I buy the tickets for both the films in Cine Estudio so that I don’t have to queue up twice.I have been going on at my friends lately to convince them to watch some films with me at the weekend. But they are reluctant.
I nearly convinced them to agree to watch RDB and Sarkar but then I discovered that RDB would only have English subtitles and they said they can’t be bothered. I know they might like Sarkar but it is at ten tonight and they say they will be too tired by that time and fall asleep at the cinema if they come. I understand it. Poor guys, after all it is not their hobby but mine.
So I start with Page 3 at half past four in the afternoon. This is another movie I’ve been wanting to see eagerly due to good reviews. I know Konkona is in this one and, as usual, she doesn’t disappoint me. I am impressed with the film. It is one of those movies that keep you thinking for a while after it’s finished. Again, I can tell people did like this film a lot. There are certain funny moments in the film and people react quite well. I can hear a guy sitting next to me having a good laugh with certain scenes. He’s really enjoying! People comment about the film at the end of it, they all praise it.
I think Iqbal, Amu or Page 3 are potential winners of this year’s award. 1942: A love story starts at seven o’clock. I just have the time to go to the toilet, get out of the cinema, get into the queue for the other film and… here we go again! When I see Anil’s first scene I can’t help but smile as he looks so young in this movie. When the first song starts people start laughing. They are definitely not used to watch this kind of musical film. This reaction will repeat throughout the film. Some people leave the cinema before the movie finishes. I thought this was just a lovey-dovey film but it turned out to be too bloody for me.
After watching some scenes from the blast in Page 3 this is too much blood in a day. I still have to watch Sarkar and I have a feeling there could be some blood awaiting there too!Anyway, time to run now! I have less than half an hour to reach Palafox cinema. I very much doubt I will get there on time but everything goes well. Free ticket for Sarkar and another receipt for the raffle. Today there are more people attending, you can tell it is a Friday.
This is the view of Palafox entrance hall. Flags from left to right:India,Spain and Madrid. A car brand is sponsoring the festival and apparently they are the ones organizing the raffle. Therefore the car next to the box where the tickets for the raffle are placed. Otherwise it wouldn’t be usual to find a car inside a cinema, would it?
Despite being so tired I enjoy Sarkar. There are not as many disturbing scenes as I was expecting, which is good. This is the first time I see Amitabh Bachchan on big screen. All the films I had seen starring him were on DVD and I could not appreciate how beautiful eyes he’s got. His expressions in the movie are fantastic, what a great performance! I love the scene in which he is having tea from the plate. Wow!
I like Abhishek’s performance too and it is nice seeing father and son working together. I don’t think anyone left the cinema before this film finished, at least not that I can remember. Or maybe I was engrossed in it and didn’t notice. It’s a pity my friends finally didn’t come. I know they would have certainly loved it. Never mind, maybe one day…
So… I survived! But I have a terrible headache. I have been in the cinema for nearly eight hours and, what’s more, I have been reading subtitles for nearly eight hours. Should I be surprised to feel dizzy? This certainly cannot be healthy. Once again I won’t be having dinner. Just the thought of chewing anything makes my headache bigger. However, the temperature outside the cinema was wonderful and it made a nice night walk before going to bed.