Nov 20, 2007

'Rahul' is back

'Rahul' is back

9 comments:

Hirak said...
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Hirak said...

My memories of movie watching are mostly from the extremely non-plush Vijay Theater which had(has?) the worst seats, worst sound and the best movies. A perverse place where stalls was actually better than balcony.

I am sure you have memories like hearing the rain on the roof while watching John Travolta in Pulp Fiction.

George said...

Kaun in a matinee screening (after being twice trumped by sold-out shows and tickets hawked in black); the poster of Masoom (?) that refused to come down; catching matinee shows in 1992 on Wednesdays thanks to a very short official day at Fergusson College; The Little Mermaid, Jurassic Park; the sense of having watched a really wonderful film after walking out of a Satya show; then there was the sadness at seeing an all-English theatre go Hindi (Alaka was another); the cream rolls and that strange samosa; staring at posters and movie stills while leaning against the metal pipes lining the wait for the ticket counter; the large crowd streaming out (all those two wheelers) after a screening ... it's good to see the non-multiplex relic return (I remember also the reopening of West End with Honey, I Shrunk the Kids)

Sandeep Limaye said...

Vijay, Alka, Neelayam, Mangala and Rahul - places I still cherish in my memories. Too many fond memories of the movies that I saw at these places to mention here. Blame it on the childhood / teenage nostalgia or the fact that the multiplexes today lack a character of their own - the cinema hall itself is no more an integral part of the movie-watching experience (at least, for me).

Great mention of the cabbage-stuffed samosas at Rahul! :)

Ramanand said...

Hirak: as you have blogged before, Vijay deserves a separate post to itself! The ratio of entertainment value to lack of sophistication/ambience is probably the highest among all theatres :-)

George: Indeed. Can't remember the last time I saw a "man in black" i.e. a munna.

Sandeep: sadly, the multiplexes have a certain sort of culture of their own. However, I'd be hypocritical if I said I didn't sometimes like that plushness, but sometimes it also gets in the way.

daemon said...

Ah! for a moment I thought, your post was about Dravid hitting ton after ton :-)

Aditya said...

Me too...was expecting to read something on Dravid :)

anup said...

Thank god it wasn't another cricket post.

Rahul was one of my favorites, being the closest to my house. But it soon lost out to Vijay, where one could get balcony seats for 45 bucks even when we were in COEP.

The samosas are something I'll always remember though :)

roamingpanda said...

You write really well. :) Enjoyed reading this post... I too have some memories of 'Rahul' - as a kid, visiting my cousins in the summers.

There was a fountain right outside the university. We'd even splurged in it to beat the heat.