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Wednesday, 18 July 2012

450 Kilometers For A Film



As I write this post, I have on my desk, a couple of pens, scattered pieces of paper, an email printout from www. Book My Show.com and I've just closed the windows of the official website of Indian Railways. Not more than 24 hours ago I sat hopelessly without any means to watch Chris Nolan's most anticipated movie of the year (The Dark Knight Rises). I had been informed that its not releasing anywhere in my state. But probably God heard my yearnings, for they were so loud, courtesy three years of waiting. If all goes well I'll travel about 450 kilometers from my hometown by train, watch the film at Inox, Elgin Road, Kolkata on the day it releases, board the return train on the same evening and reach back home the next morning.

I can't even begin to describe the seemingly insurmountable hurdles that me and my cousin brother overcame to be finally able to book our tickets for the film at Inox, Elgin Rd. What remain are the ongoing and return train tickets. Hopefully they would be booked tomorrow. I've applied for official leave and talked to my professional counterpart at Kolkata for any last minute requirements (who by the way was speechless for a few seconds when I narrated my purpose).



At times I too startle myself with this fact. That I'd be travelling to Kolkata to watch Batman - Dark Knight Rises. But then I guess that's the profound liking I have come to nurture for Chris Nolan's movies. The Batman trilogy would perhaps be the most exceptional cinematic experience that I'd have for years to come. It surpasses everything else. Partly because I'm a movie buff and partly because he represents everything that I ever dreamed of.


I'm praying, that after all this, God lets me watch the film and lets me come back home safely with nothing else on my mind except a dreamy space where I marvel over the film & take bows for Nolan for days to come.


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41 comments:

  1. nows dats a true fan.....me too slated to watch 1st show but not in Kolkata in durgapur...
    Am sure we wnt be disappointed by Nolan :)
    happy watching Darknight :)

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    1. Yeah Saikat I wish the same for you . Thanks

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  2. I have heard of desperation... lol! Have fun! Should be a movie you wont forget!

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  3. Worth it dude... I can totally relate to what you are feeling right now.. The Film is the darkest, dreariest and the most gloomy among the set.. Add to it the compelling sense of a Final Showdown with a fierce nemesis like Bane..ITs gonna be a visual treat.. Go for it!1..:)

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    1. I hope the movie lives upto expectations

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  4. Brings back memories of olden days when I'd cycled away 120 kilometers, to and fro, to watch Enter the Dragon. The thing is, I had already watched that movie two years back! Cruise ahead, man!

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    1. Oh !! So Mr. Umashankar, you too are / were in the gang. Good to know.

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  5. Can't wait for this weekend to watch it!! Am hoping it just takes me a few 50 or so kilometers in delhi!!! :) Good luck!!!

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    1. Absolutely Shreya. Thanks & I wish you too enjoy it thoroughly.

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  6. wow, 450 kms for a film, you must be a die-hard fan! enjoy :)

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  7. haha! Totally worth it. And I firmly believe that nothing would have stopped you even if the shortest distance to a nearby theatre was twice of what you are willing to cover now. All the best brother.

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    1. Ha Ha ..Had me there for a moment. Thanks man !!!

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  8. I have not seen even one of the Batman series and so not able to judge why one would take all that effort to watch it. :D Wishing you a great experience watching the movie :)

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    1. It's OK Jayashree. You need to have a way of fondness for certain things to like Chris Nolan's movies. None in my family except me watches his films.

      Thanks anyways Jayashree

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  9. Well I have not seen a single Batman movie but that is not the point. I can understand the mind of a true fan.. ! I would have done something like this too had I admired it. I once paid in pounds at the London Airport to buy Khaled Hosseini's book -which I could have got later at a much cheaper price in India had a waited. But who can explain that to a fan?

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  10. Well, I can't help but envy your passion for cinema. I hope and pray that the movie lives up to our expectations. By seeing your love for Nolan's body of work I am tempted to recommend to you movies by Luis Bunuel, Ingmar Bergman, Federeico Fellini, Andrei Tarkovsky, Akira Kurosawa and Stanley Kubrick -- if you already haven't checked them out!!! :-)

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    1. Thank You so much Murtaza. Please send me the names of the films that you want me to see. The point is that the place where I live, its a bit difficult to get such films. Still I'd try.

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  11. haha! :P Its crazy - the dark knight rises is.. I hope you don't disappointed, just like I don't wish to :) Have a great time!

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  12. I understand your feelings! Nice!

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  13. It won't feel derogatory if I call you a DESPO!! :P This is what Nolan is all about! :D Have fun mate, and hope you remember this as an experience to be told to your kids!! :D :P

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    1. Ha Ha !!! No it isn't derogatory because you wanted to call me crazy but ended up calling me Despo.

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  14. Amazing man .... even iam catching it today..Waitin for ur review ...

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  15. wow. had no idea that you were this fond of cinema. hope you had a safe trip and are back with your review. it was amazing to read your post, but in some ways i understand. i second what murtaza said about exploring some of the masters who have actually influenced both nolan's storytelling style and his visual style.

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    1. I absolutely agree. Its always great to know the source of greatness. Thanks for reading Subhorup.

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  16. u are crazy. and only crazy people live life king size :) Go Man!!! Rather Go BatMan:) or BlogMan:)

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    1. I wish I cud actually be that crazy what you think me to be,,,

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  17. ha ha some one as fanatic as me! but i traveled 630KM from Chennai to Hyderabad to see it on IMAX! :)

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    1. Thanks Jayant. Its good to be in company now.

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  18. The movie is superb,,,batman rocks .

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  19. I can totally understand this sort of determination! It reminds me of those years of waiting for Harry Potter :P I watched the Dark Knight Rises to see what the hype was all about and I got out of the theatre all wide eyed and dreamy.

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  20. you are a true Nolanite. Hats off.. :)
    I spent nearly 1500 to watch this FDFS and I did it. So hwz ur Movie experience..

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