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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Narmad International Film Festival Inauguration

10 : 25 am
Sleep deprived and rain drenched, i reach the place where i'll get the pass for the inauguration. I've been advised to reach early or else i might not get a place to sit.

6 : 15 pm
I'm there. The pass says that the inauguration starts 7 pm "sharp"... i seriously doubt that.

7 : 13 pm
Finally we got to go inside the theater. I've no problems finding a seat. More than half the theater is empty at the moment.

8 : 24 pm
Still no signs of starting the inauguration. Some guy says the guests are on their and will arrive in a few minutes. They plan to have a screening of Subhash Ghai's "Cycle Kick" after the inauguration. This is threatening to go past midnight.

8 : 37 pm
An old couple, 5-6 rows in front of me, start clapping sarcastically along the with their daughter to protest the delay. Youngsters in the last 2 rows follow suit. Unfortunately by the time i gathered the courage to join in, they stopped. Groups of people are beginning to get up and leave.

8 : 50 pm
The awesome old couple have had enough. They leave with their daughter. i think i should too.

8 : 55 pm
I see a girl at the other end of my row. She is all alone, just like me. She's typing furiously into her mobile, just like me. I wonder if she's typing for the same reason. I wonder if she has a blog. Could her blog be better than mine ? Naah wat am i thinking.. i've got jokes, comics, philosophical ideas and shit.. my blog is awesome. Suck on that lonely girl ... man am i bored !

9 pm
Finally.. it begins. Subhash Ghai enters.. people clap.. some kid yells "yeh kaun hain ?". Bunch of dudes and deepa mehta on stage now.

9 : 15 pm
I've lost count of the numb of dudes that have come on stage so far. Deepa Mehta still the only lady there. Epic music plays in background as they light the whatever-u-call-it thing. From the sounds of it one would think the entire human race has just been brought back from the brink of annihilation.

9 : 20 pm
Some super old film historian is called on stage and the first thing he says is - "In matters of punctuality, it seems we have a long way to go ! " or something. Crowd goes wild.. claps all around. Its official - old people are awesome !

9 : 40 pm
Subhash Ghai ends his speech and with that my patience. To hell with his movie, i'm outta here.