Friday, February 10, 2006


Movies I will never watch again!

In my post on the nine quartets tag, I'd listed 4 movies that I could watch again and again. But these are not necessarily my favorite movies, they're my favorite movies that I can watch again and again. Let me introduce you to another of my quirks...

There are 3 kinds of movies that I know I will never watch again.

1. The really bad ones, right from the B/C grade 1990s Mithunda type movies (I loved his '80s stuff, but his southern stint is quite unwatchable) to the A category big-budget duds like Mela (this will turn-off even the die-hard Aamir Khan fans), Shabd, Kisna, Kaal etc.

2. Horror flicks like Bhoot, Pet Semetry, Vaastu-Shastra etc. Confession time: I seldom watch horror films, get totally scared, and my over-active imagination ensures that the after-effects continue for at least 2-3 days. So, I know I won't be watching again the few that I've watched!

3. Movies that have made a deep impact on me, movies that are beautiful works of art, movies that touch my core, movies that make me cry. There are some movies that have affected me so powerfully when I watched them that I simply don't have the courage to watch them again. Moreover, each of these movies is stored in my memory as something special, associated with a unique period in my life. The minute I try to revisit these movies, I fear that those movies might not remain that 'special' anymore. E.g. Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa is one of my all-time favorite movies. I watched it in 1994. I'm sure I have changed in the last 11 years in terms of exposure to good cinema, technique, camerawork etc. Today, if I try to watch it again, I might not find the movie to be as great as I thought it was when I saw it. Don't want my memories of these films to be shattered, hence I will never watch them again! Here are a few of them:

Khamoshi: Asit Sen's classic with Waheeda Rehman in possibly her career's best performance. Hemantda's music was haunting (Tum Pukar Lo, Woh Shaam Kuchh Ajeeb Thi, Hamne Dekhi Hai Un Aankhon Ki...), and when I saw it more than a decade ago, it brought tears to my eyes.

Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa: Again, possibly SRK's best film ever. This low-budget movie failed to find distributors when it was ready. Shah Rukh believed in the movie so much that he decided to distribute it himself. It was the story of every young man, and so I fell in love with the movie.

Anupama: Hrishikesh Mukherjee's masterpiece with Sharmila Tagore and Dharmendra. This too has one of my all time favorite songs(again by Hemant Kumar): 'Ya Dil Ki Suno Duniya Waalon...'. One line in the antara of this song kind of defines the concept of the movie: 'Ye phool chaman mein kaisa khila, maali ki nazar mein pyaar nahi...'(What flower is this in the garden, that even the gardener doesn't love it?). Anupama's mother dies while giving birth to her, her father brings her up blaming her for her mother's death. _

Hazaaron Khwaaishein Aisi: Too powerful for me to handle!

Rang De Basanti: When I came out of the hall, my intial reaction was that I've got to watch it again. But when I got the opportunity a week later, I realized that I just couldn't!

The Usual Suspects: What can I say about this Bryan Singer legend? It left me so amazed that I want to retain that experience forever!

A Clockwork Orange & Natural Born Killers: An open invitation for mind-effing! If I watch either of them the 2nd time, the society will see another sociopath rebel being born! I really don't want to go out that way!

May the Force be with you!

Quite a nice selection of movies i'd say.
Ok I am laughing real hard now.Horror films are a joke man.Its just music and sound.Try blunting the effect and you will find them hilarious.
But I can understand what you mean.The only 'genre' of movies that have a deep impact on me are war/war related movies.They come back to haunt me.Though I don't enjoy the after effects, I cannot stop myself from watching them anyway.
Finally, here's something personal about Obi Wan now! You are either doing tags (thanks to me) or movie reviews. Good post! Can we expect something on the same lines with books as well?
Hey how did the launch go?What is the feeling like?Hope all good.
Good post! I completely agree with you on the classification of movies that you do not want to watch again and again.
But in my case, there are some absolutely inane movies that I can watch n number of times. Dunno why :P
Do you have such movie in mind? :)
tcp: Thank u Saar:-)

EU: To each his/her own. I don't believe in the supernatural, but still, the atmosphere built in movies affects me badly! What to do???

AFJ: I thought I am the one who writes the most personal stuff, especially the novella that I wrote for Beth's 9 quartets tag :-)
A post on my favorite books??? 'tis difficult, but not impossible. Will write something as soon as I can, promise :-)

EU (Round 2): Everything's cool. Thanks. The channel launched officially yesterday, I had a mad Sunday, but its quite stable today. And I really can't feel much right now, totally drained, will probably be in a position to react after I'm back from my 1 week vacation to the Himalayas (dream karne mein kya harz hai) :-)

Rita: Thanks. Of course, there are Hazaar such movies. I've watched Aatish 10-12 times, Yalgaar 7-8 times, Ghatak 15 times, Jalwa 18 times, Agneepath 20 times. Some of these were good movies of course but...
Rita: I forgot to mention Vishwatma & Mohra :-)
MOTHER INDIA, Office Space, Dil Chahta Hai are my all time favs that I can watch any day!:)
You do write personal stuff but this is by far the most personal one!
I loved your observation that there
are some films that have affected
you so powerfully - that you
don't have the courage to watch
them again...
I understand! Beaufifully said.

Hmm, refer to wikepedia..A blog is a journal mainted with regular intervals, or some such thing.Please to note the word regular.
vamsee: Another confession- I call myself a movie buff but I still haven't watched Mother India. Disgushting I say!

AFJ: Achha whatever you say. Happy? :-)

madelyn: Thank you, great that you understand. btw, bhelcome to JDMHC.

EU: Noted milord (milady doesn't quite have that Bollywood court waali feel) :-) Pls to be waiting just a few more minutes!
I quite agreed with your category 3 - movies that at different points in life for some reason appealed tremendously,but may not have quite the impact now, nevertheless you would want to continue to cherish them!
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