Theatre: Eros, Mumbai.
Movie: Pretty Woman.
Aged seventeen then, with youth and its vigour inundating me with dreams that sparkled like the countless twinkling stars in the night sky, I was raring to explore the world, learn about things I had only heard of. And, in the midst of it all, a movie like Pretty Woman gets released. Like the proverbial cherry on the cake, if I can call it so!
A movie that boasts of having at its helm the most charming, breathtakingly handsome, uber-sexy Richard Gere and the sizzling hot fire cracker, Julia Roberts. I hadn’t seen any “adult” movie until then, but heard a lot about those from friends. Well, what else do we discuss in college, if not films?! And, Pretty Woman being the latest release, it was the talk of the town, the hottest topic of discussion. So, of course, I was interested in watching it!
I and my best friend, Priya, decided to go see it at Eros. It’s one of the most famous cinema halls in Mumbai – a place we are extremely proud of. Although, now, I am not sure about its status; haven’t been there in decades! Sigh.
So, we decided to go watch it, after seeking permission from our respective parents, of course. You see, we belonged to the era when children “lived life” with prior permission from parents. “Lived life” as in had fun, socialised or partied. I would rather not blabber about the kind of socialising and partying we indulged in, lest we get ridiculed and mocked at!
I begged my father to buy the tickets for us, for it was a place we had never been to, ever. And, dad, who was pretty chilled out by then and become a buddy, agreed to do it for us. We were thrilled, to say the least! Dad was also thrilled, for on the day he was to buy the tickets, he returned home with a sad, guilty look on his face. He feigned memory loss and apologised profusely for not having bought the tickets! But, the next moment, on seeing my droopy face, burst out laughing and showed me the tickets, teasing me no end! Dad! You are the best!
Fast forward to the theatre, there we were, two young girls waiting eagerly to get in and watch the first ever movie without our parents in tow! My heart beat had doubled up as I entered the hall, took my seat and waited with bated breath for the movie to begin. I remember our nervous giggles, our anxiety and our curiosity as we awaited the entry of The Man, Mr. Gere. And, whoa! He sure didn’t let us down!
The story took us far away, to another land – a land where the handsome, charming and caring hero, sweeps the heroine off her feet in one swift move. Everything is all hunky dory, until the arrival of the bad guy. But, our hero – the knight in shining armour – has aces up his sleeve as he knocks the villain out of the picture in quick seconds and saves his lady love, like a true gentleman! Ah! I am swooning just thinking about it all!
I may have seen the movie many a time over the years, but it failed to up my heartbeat the way it did the very first time! Oh, and I admit, it also gave me ideas about the kind of man I would want to meet in life! The magic of the movie and the actors was such, it still makes me go dreamy-eyed! The peppy title song still makes me want to dance to its tune and Julia Roberts’ uproarious laughter and devil-may-care attitude does rub off of me, but I stop short of emulating her for fear of falling on my face with a loud thud! None could have carried off the role so perfectly as she did.
And, Richard Gere, ah, they don’t make men like him anymore, do they? His was the first movie I saw as a young adult, and again, it was another movie starring him (Shall we dance?) that I saw as a forty year old, and fell in love all over again! Fell in love with Richard Gere, I mean! Psst…he figures on top of the ‘Best looking men EVER’ list, and chances of him being replaced by anyone are rare.
So, that’s my very first movie memory – I did watch many movies before that, but this one figures on top for reasons I raved about throughout this post!
Which was the first ever movie you remember watching and for what reasons? Do share with me… I would love to hear all about it!
In case you are thinking of talking about Richard Gere, then let me warn you, he belongs to ME! So, kindly keep your emotions in check, or else….!
Don’t say you weren’t warned!
Hahaha! Just kidding!
*This post has been written for #TadkaTuesday.