the silence on my blog has been because of my travels across the countryside and little or no access to internet.
i went travelling just when the discussion on the post regarding sanjay's film began exploding and hotting up. shall pick up on that with loads to add because i have spent the weekend watching four films addressing partition. but more on that later.
spacebar urges me to post a screening update. let me begin by saying that delhi terrifies me. everything is national level. you get off the train and take an auto through central delhi and you go down roads with ALL the party offices- the epicentre as it were, the prime minister, the president, they all live somewhat along the way. this is it guys- this IS the epicentre.
and then IIC, while waiting nervously before the screening you only accidently see the political/journalist/academic stars...its a very very different star watching. and then the audience trickles in to a FREEZING hall. nothing can be worse than the NFAI, pune and NCPA, bombay auditoriums, but IIC, it puts greenland to shame.
the audience came in, and as some familiar faces trooped in i calmed down. dear nisha spent the afternoon with me giggling at my delhi phobia, already making the phobia feel immensely and supremely foolish.
the screening began, i sat right at the front, not wanting to know who was coming in, or if anyone was leaving. my evaluation of a good screening is if i enjoy my own film. sounds very self preoocupied- it is, but i also bore very easily, so if its a good way to evaluate. and dheet that i am, i enjoyed this screening. i could not hear the loud laughter and the thumping and clapping that was there at NID, neither the boistrous laughing at KRVI. but then this is the IIC.
the lights came on,hmmm, the house was almost full. so i guess few people left while the film was on. good sign, i guess.
the discussion began with an ex-prof of george ( with whom i had spent the morning) wickedly raising his hand and asking who sanah george is. i end my list of thanks with her name. i weakly answered, just a little two year old who has spent more than a year of her life tolerating the editing of this film.
and then another question by anita- asking about remo, in not the politest terms. i did answer very well, even if i say so myself. his was the most difficult journey but thats a discussion we can have only of you have seen the film.
and a series of corrections by a lady who is trinidadian- i would open my mouth and she would say, no, not 25% but 20%, etc, you get the drift. she ended her series of correections by saying that this film was interesting for her because it was not the film that she would have made- now thats a good one, dont you think space bar? i thought of you in my head, giggled in my head, and politely nodded to her.
i had left sanah with naga, old old dear pal. and bravely urged anita to not babysit with him but to come along with me. he agreed and now naga had to look after their five year old and my two year old. he has a bad back, and has been in bed all week. and naga, being naga, smiled and said go along and have a good time. i am sorry but most of the men i know are like this- they are for real!
so off we went for the screening and post screening i got the news that the five year old was fast asleep. and my two year old was having a blast with naga, refusing to sleep.
so it was time to rush home, until other friends urged us to be bad mothers and come out for a beer. naga called and said- just go ahead, sanah refuses to sleep but we are having a blast together. two of us bad mothers were joined by two other bad mothers. one of whom had a baby, a cat and a puking dog alone at home with one adult. so a bunch of us film wallas just spent the hour giggling and catching up.
so it was a good evening, all in all. by the time i came back the child was asleep.
and the next day, after scrapping with auto guys, coolies, delhi puppies etc etc i was in the train back to bombay with sanah.
and once again she has brought a nasty stomach infection back from delhi. damn that city. but she also found two beaus. one was an adorable two year old who doted on her and whom she treated rather casually. the other was a five year old whom she tailed the entire time we were there, and he kept asking me, if i close my eyes will she go away?! how do i pass on this bit of wisdom to sanah- always go for the one who treats you like a queen. the two year old lovingly pushed the swing while she sat like cleopatra. the two year old was tmm's darling brat ( yes, i transgressed, i crossed the line between cyberspace and the real, i met the mad momma). the five year old, a very charming roshan, who does not like little girls.
so chalo, we can deal with the stomach infection, but any ideas of how to tell this girl about which boy to avoid and which boy to go for???
and she turns two tomorrow -