Into the fifth day of the festival, Monica still has three days to go and to meet the star she wanted to see all this time. The reason she came to Madrid. Till now she had a eventful journey. Imagine India is turning out to be a rollercoaster of bad management. The first day experience can be found here and here, while the second day is here, third day account is here and the fourth day here.
20th May 2006
Today my friends are taking me to a Wok restaurant near their house. I have never been to a Wok, I wonder what it will be like. The place is a buffet where you can choose as much food as you like from a range of different things. There are several fried starters with which I have no trouble but when we get up for the main course I have a problem with it, because the food is not cooked. The idea is that you choose what you want and the cook will wok it for you. It is not that I have any difficulties seeing raw food, but the image of it in suspicious water in a restaurant (where, incidentally, you go in order to avoid the previous stages to meals) makes me a bit apprehensive. So one of my friends kindly offers to do it for me.
When my friend brings the food to the table it looks much better! When we finish having lunch I have not much time left so I have to rush to Palafox and decide to meet them at the cinema when RDB finishes. Obviously they are not coming, or… they are coming but just to collect me.
When I arrive at the ticket window I ask the lady if I can get the tickets for the three films showing today, just like in Cine Estudio but she tells me that it is not possible. I have to go through the ticket window every time I want a ticket. Does that make any sense? Considering that Da Vinci Code was released yesterday, that it is being shown at the same cinema (Palafox is a multiplex), that they have the same ticket window for three films and that timetables are quite similar, I think queuing again is absurd.
Anyway, I watch the first one: Amma Ariyan. This is the only film that has French and Spanish subtitles instead of English and Spanish subtitles. I find the film quite slow and dark. Many people leave before it finishes once more. This one also has some disturbing scenes for me although not too many.
When Amma Ariyan finishes I have to go out, queue again, get the ticket for Daivanamathil and get inside again. I simply feel like an idiot, and a proper one. If someone had recorded me I would have been interested in watching the scene. I am also embarrassed in case the lady behind the window thinks I am a weirdo that watches these films just because they are free, as if I didn’t mind what I watched. If only she had given me the three tickets at the beginning! Anyway, Daivanamathil is a simple film about terrorism. However the film tackles the issue from the point of view of a terrorist’s wife. Her reaction to her husband evolution from being a sweet shy guy to a violent person. It is a quite short film but even so some people also leave before it finishes. The film is good though I personally found there was something missing, I don’t know… Besides, a few minutes before the film finishes you can guess how it is going to finish. Predictable.
I am restless thinking about the queue for Rang De Basanti. I bet there will be too many people waiting to buy the tickets for the other two films.
Again, the same scene: a mental that leaves the cinema through the back exit, turns the corner and goes to the ticket window once more. Thank goodness the queue is not as long as I had expected. When I face the same lady and ask her for the ticket I can’t help but grinning. I am so embarrassed… and she looks so serious! Anyway, the job’s done!
You can tell this is a new film. Lots of Indians are coming to see it. I reckon they all have watched most of the films from the festival either on DVD or by satellite but maybe they hadn’t had the time to buy this DVD yet. It is amazing, the cinema hasn’t been so full for any other film. Nice environment, I had forgotten what the real atmosphere was at a cinema.
One thing that annoys me is that the film doesn’t have any subtitles when Sue narrates in Hindi or when her grandfather is translated into Hindi on top so that you cannot hear the English version. I wonder if this happens just in this copy of the film or if it is the same with the DVD. Surely it is a big mistake. I mean, if you have English subtitles throughout a film when there are dialogues, wouldn’t you expect the narration to have subtitles too? It just doesn’t make any sense to me. This way you miss half the film!
Another annoying thing is that some people are not switching their mobiles off so there is a mobile concert during the film. But what is most surprising is the fact that some of these people are in fact answering their phones in the middle of the film!!! So you can hear bits of conversations like:
– Yes, I am at Palafox… yes, Palafox…yes… Luchana street… yes, I am in the middle of a film… I will call you later… At the cinema! Yes!
Dear me! Oddly enough usually the person at the other end never can hear what they are saying.
These two things are enough to put you off the film!
Again, I didn’t know RDB had so much blood in it. I don’t know why I had imagined it a different way. It seems this festival is well supplied with blood! I have to make efforts not to dance on my seat with the songs, because I know them so well now and I like them so much!
I am too tired. I think I should have watched this film a different day: just this film, so that I am not so tired even before the film starts. Like yesterday, my day ends up with a headache. I have the feeling my head will explode. It might, from so much reading of subtitles. I don’t think I can see any other film for a long time. Please, don’t mention the words film or movie to me, thanks.
When I go out of the cinema it is around one in the morning and my friends take me to a cafeteria to have a sandwich and we talk about the festival. They laugh a lot imagining the sight of me going through the ticket window thrice in a day. I suppose it is a pathetic image to think of.
Tomorrow I will be watching just one film. That’s settled. Because I’ve got overdose now.