One of the greatest martial art films of all time is Enter the Dragon. It stars the one and only Bruce Lee.
This movie was released in 1973 and Bruce Lee died tragically the same year.
As were many many people, my mother was also a big fan of Bruce Lee. When Enter the Dragon was re-released somewhere in the 80’s for a limited time in my city, Amma wanted to see it again. I was very young at that time, not more than 10, I am sure. My sister even younger than me.
Anyway….. My parents took us (me and my sister) also to the movie. The theatre was far from our house. By the time we reached there, most tickets were sold out, and we could get seats that were placed very near the screen, may be the 4th or 5th row. We had to buy the tickets in those rows.
The times have changed now. The theatres now are ergonomically done, so even if you sit in the front row, the images will not appear distorted. But back then, that was not the case. The images on the screen would appear abnormally large from the front seats. In fact there used to be 2 or even 3 different types of fares for the tickets. The cheapest would be the ones nearest to the screen and the costliest ones were the balcony seats. My parents always preferred the balcony because the front ones were mostly taken by the unruly mob kind of persons.
But for this movie, there was no choice but to sit in the “gandhi class” as it was called. Amma sat in between me and my sister. The screen appeared very large since we sat so near. As soon as the movie started, I remember my mother grabbing both of us and putting our heads in her lap and closing our eyes with her palms. She said the images are distorted, our eyes will get affected. She did not allow us to see the movie.
However much I tried, I could not get free of her iron hold! I remember only one fight scene where Bruce Lee came in through a gate. That’s it. I have absolutely no other recollection of the movie but this! I tried to peer through her fingers but to no avail. 😀
I have no grudge against my mother. I can only sense her love for us. It is a mother’s instinct to protect her kids.
Love you ma! But, you know, seriously?!
The A2Z challenge 2019 is going to be all the movies that have left an impact on me someway or the other. Some have made me think. Some that I like a lot, some that I really hated. But all of them have left a memory behind which makes the movie more special than the rest. They may not be all classics or iconic but they are close to my heart.
A is for Andhadhun
B is for Bazaar
C is for Conan, the Barbarian
D is for Dushman