I have not seen any movie starting with the letter X. I know there are some, like XXX etc but I have not watched them.

So what do I do? (Scratching head)

Ok, how about this? I will tell you a few extra titbits about my movie watching memories that don’t exactly fit into any category.

Does that sound interesting? Read on…………..

Let me take you back to a time in my childhood when we had to turn to radio or music tapes for our music hunger. It was not the time of CDs or Internet radio or MP3.

There was another thing that is now lost in the annals of time, just like the tapes and tape recorders.

Those were the small booklets of the lyrics of songs of movies. Oh! Yes. There were tiny books that were sold on the roadside for 2 rupees or less. The printed lyrics of songs of popular movies sold like hot cakes.

There was one Telugu movie Shankarabharanam which became hugely successful. It was a movie that put Carnatic classical music in the center stage and its songs too became popular.

My parents took us to this movie when it was released and Amma also bought the booklet with its lyrics after that. Now comes the fun part of this story.

I and my sister took the booklet and we divided up the songs between ourselves! The pact was that I couldn’t sing “her” song and she wouldn’t sing “mine”. Even humming the other’s song was barred and so was bathroom singing.

For example, if you remember the songs, “Ragam taanam pallavi” was hers and “Omkaara naadanu sandhanamau” was mine! We kept up our bargain for a really long time. What nuts we were! πŸ˜€

Whenever we went to movies, we made sure to stand in the queue way ahead of time for the tickets. But there was one time when we bought tickets in black to watch a movie. It was only once so far in my life. But as they say, once is enough.

I, Amma and my sister reached a bit late for the tickets and the movie became sold out. It was Gone with the wind. Yes, that iconic, Oscar winning movie. It was a special screening and there would be no repeat the next day. So in necessity, we paid extra for tickets from a shady young fellow and found our seats in the theatre. Though I enjoyed the movie, I was on the edge the whole time. I was expecting someone (police maybe!) to come up and tell us to get out because we bought the tickets in black! LOL

After Avatar, 3D movies are a norm nowadays. Of course, people like me who wear glasses have to go through a little bit of discomfort to watch, because we have to perch 2 pairs on our noses! πŸ˜€ . I am digressing….. 3D came to India with the movie 1984 Malayalam film My dear Kuttychattan, dubbed as Chota Chetan in Hindi. It was a huge grosser at that time. No one had seen anything like that before! It is a story of a ghost who befriends a bunch of kids while trying to escape a magician trying to capture him.

When our parents took us to the Malayalam version of the movie, I was super excited to wear the 3D glasses on top of my own. The 3D glasses now are much more wider and more easier to wear. But in 1984 the 3D glasses were so flimsy and not of a good design. I had to hold them up on my nose so that they would not fall off! πŸ™‚

The story of the ghost was entertaining enough. The 3D special effects of things flying at you etc drew loud sounds from the audience. It was an entirely novel thing to experience then. I am sure if it is seen now, the effects may not draw that reaction from the new gen.But for us, it was a great thing. How many of you have seen it?

A movie that is close to my heart is The Sound of Music. It is one of those evergreen movies that will be remembered till the end of times. The songs are still so popular. I went to this movie as a part of a treat from my school. I was in my 7th standard at that time. The movie was being shown in the city townhall as a part of some film festival. Our school arranged a bus for all students of 7th and booked tickets and we all trooped off to see it. I had not seen this one before. I thoroughly enjoyed this film. I own a DVD now and still like to watch it occasionally. Julie Andrews is a pure delight in this movie. I just love her!

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. E is for Enter the Dragon. F is for Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them.G is for Galimathu.H is for Hidden Figures. I is for Ishq. J is for Jaaane bhi do yaaron. K is for Kshana Kshanam. L is for La La Land. M is for Mirch Masala. N is for Newton.O is for Once More. P is for Preminchukundam Ra.Q is for Qurbani. R is for Roja.S is for Saudagar.T is for Terminator 2- Judgment Day.U is for Umrao Jaan.V is for Village Rockstars.W is for Why oh why!