My Favorite Movies!
This is a list of my favorite movies, made in India and primarily for the younger viewers.
Kairee: I must have watched this movie 20 times. It was released in 2000 but I first watched in 2003. The movie is set in a small, remote village and is about a young girl, who has recently lost mother and comes to live with her married but childless aunt. Kairee, the raw mango, is all about this girl’s childhood and nice experiences with her loving aunt. The aunt has a troubled marriage and the niece has the inkling of that but when they are together they talk about memories and things that please them. The aunt makes a plan with her to visit a shrine, where they’ll have kairees and will take rotis, yogurt and cooked aubergine with them. The plan never materializes but the mere thought of it brings happiness in their lives. Keeping in view her rotting marriage the aunt sends back her niece.
It’s a beautiful story, the locales are awesome and the acting is fabulous. It is recommended to those who like alternate cinema.
Rockford: Okay, I had bought Kairee and Rockford together and I was lucky enough that this movie too turned out to be wonderful. The story is about a Hindu boy and his arrival in the Christian boarding school located in the picturesque hilly area of India, called Rockford. The boarding school life transforms the boy and teaches him many things such as never sneak on your friends… that is the fundamental rule. He has his first crush and then first love there. Rockford chronicles the life of a typical boarding school and the way boys interact and behave with each other. The dialogues and some scenes might seem offensive to certain viewers but it is every realistic nonetheless. The movie is in English.
I liked it because I always wanted to study in the boarding school, like Murree Convent 🙂 it never happened but that movie was fun and entertaining.
This movie had a very popular song called, Yaaro Dosti Badi He Haseen HaiI liked the song too and used to watch it a lot on MTV in 1999 😀
Makdee: Makdee, the spider is yet another movie for younger viewers basically, released in 2002. The story is set in the village and revolves around the twin sisters. One of them is sharp and naughty while the other one is simpleton. And then there is one haunted, abandoned haveli where the villagers claim lives a witch called makdee jadoogarni or the spider witch. The people think that whoever enters that old, rusty mansion never returns because spider witch turns that person into an animal. One day one of the twin sisters, the simple one goes to the mansion and the witch turns her into a hen. Now the the other sister cries after her and repents for teasing her. She makes it her aim to get her sister back. But it isn’t easy to coax the spider witch since she is a witch after all.
The role of the witch has been played by Shabana Azmi. Although in the heavy makeup she isn’t recognizable but she played the role brilliantly so did the girl who played the role of twins. I liked the movie because it is very well made and it brought me back into my childhood when I had read countless stories based on such theme.
This movie is thrilling, adventurous and has the element of suspense as well. That was a fabulous watch!
Halo: Released in 1997 but I got to watch it in 2005. The story is about a young girl Sasha who lives alone with her father and misses a good friend in life. One day, a small puppy enters her life and the two become friends. She named her Halo thinking it to be a God’s gift. Everything goes fine but the twist in tale comes when Halo disappears and then begins Sasha’s relentless search. The end of the story totally takes the viewers by surprise as it is very poignant.
I liked the movie because it is based on very innocent and unadulterated feelings besides I loved the cinematography. The lush greenery looks awesome on screen. I wonder is Mumbai that green?
The girl who played Sasha has grown up and now she plays a pivotal role in Star Plus serial called Ba Bahoo or Baby or something. Pardon me if the title is wrong because I am totally out of touch from TV and never watch Indian soaps. But I had seen the trailers and recognized the girl 🙂
Do you like any movie that is special to you, especially children’s movie?