Growing up, I only watched Hindi and English movies, and if I look at the Hindi movies that I loved and find myself watching over and over again, they’re all movies that I watched with my Dad. Till I was around 11, almost all my decisions depended on my father. I used to follow him around everywhere. I would base my likes and dislikes on his likes and dislikes. Until someone pointed this out to me one day, I didn’t even notice it and I definitely wouldn’t have changed it for a long time. This ‘lost puppy’ thing I had going on even extended to my so-called ‘taste’ in movies. Even if I found a movie really boring, I would say I loved it if my Dad did. But I don’t remember the ones I hated, I remember the ones I enjoyed and have found myself watching repeatedly over the years.
My favourite among these would be Sholay. Honestly, the first time I watched this one, I must have been 8 or 9 years old, and I found it really boring. The only part I enjoyed was the song ‘Ye dosti hum nahi todenge’, where Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra are on a bike together. I did like the song, but what made it more memorable was how happy it made my dad to sing along. The next time I watched it, I liked it more and that happened every time I watched it. Now, I find myself really enjoying the movie, firstly because I’m sentimental about everything, and secondly because I actually understand everything and enjoy it (This time, my own decision).
The only other movie that’s really worth talking about would be Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, because these are the only two that I can watch any time, in any mood, without wanting to shoot myself. I think my Dad is sick and tired of this one now, but I still really enjoy it. I love the scene where Rahul is running on the bridge (Yes, it was dramatic. But I still loved it) to get his daughter Anjali. The characters I loved the most in this movie would definitely be Col. Almeida (Johnny Lever), because he’s just so cute and so easily bullied and the little boy (The sardarji) who doesn’t talk. They may not be the main characters, but they’re the ones that make me want to jump into the TV, and go hug them (Yes, I just said that). I find everything that happens outside of the college and the summer camp, completely irrelevant. I hardly even remember those scenes despite watching the movies so many times.
I guess my puppy dog phase was not all bad, but I’m so glad I got over it, because my Dad would hate the movies I love today.