Nowadays I don’t get influenced by Hindi movies, but when I was a kid, the only way for a new idea to take roots in my brain was via Hindi films, and mostly it was the special occasion of watching an Amitabh movie. I guess no other film has impacted me more than the movie Deewar.
Amitabh’s character Vijay in Deewar is how I modelled myself, along with a strong influence of Bruce Lee my other Hero. Our household wasn’t very religious, but someone in the house would light agarbatti and diya in the morning and evening at our house. I had nothing to do with it after I saw Amitabh blaming GOD for all the hardships his mother and he faced when he was a kid.
I also conveniently blamed the invisible Gods for all my childhood problems, cause my childhood wasn’t normal like other children in the neighbourhood, I couldn’t blend in.
Check out this scene from Deewar, its sounds almost funny now, and I cant bear to watch it.
Lately, I have stumbled upon some Merchant Ivory movies. My favourite so far was this movie called “In custody” where the theme is about the loss or less use of Urdu language. Check out this song, its can be a consoling song when you cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel.