Saturday, November 11, 2006

At the movies

My roommate at the guesthouse and I decided to go see a movie on Tuesday. We settled on the new Martin Scorcese film “Departed” playing at the INOX. There are a few things that are different about going to a movie here.

First, we went for the 9:55PM showing of the movie …. ON A TUESDAY NIGHT! Even more shocking than that, we discovered that the movie was actually SOLD OUT. This tells us a couple of things. Indians love movies and late nights. We ended up buying tickets for the same show on Wednesday and returned to the guest house.

The theater was inside a mall (Garuda Mall). This was my second visit to a mall in three days. Those who know me well, know that shopping malls are not high on my list of favorite destinations. But I must admit, these malls were different and fun to hang out at. I might get tired of them after a couple of dozen visits, but for now they are a good place to spend a couple of hours. The theater was very nice. The concession stand had an interesting selection. You could order anything from nachos & cheese to hot vegetable samosas! The place looks no different than an AMC or Mann. Tickets are pricy by Indian standards (Rs. 130/- a pop).

But I have heard about another theater chain (PVR Cinema) that appears to offer a unique experience. I will make it a point to blog my PVR experience when I am able to make it out to that theater.

15 comments:

Vijay said...

Pervez,
PVR has a section of seats that comes with full service lunch/dinner.. I think the tickets are Rs. 500 a pop...

Mick said...

pervez

does it look like they edit the R rated movies there?

if it's there go see 'Borat' (it is the funniest comedy ever). Unlikely if the funniest scene in the movie makes the censor board though but still worth it.

aanish said...

do movies come out earlier there or later

Anonymous said...

We took the whole family to Inox (here in Mumbai)to see Casino Royale. I was thoroughly impressed with both the film (or "pill-em" as some locals say here) and the theatre. Caramel popcorn for a dollar? I couldn't help it, i got 2! Intermission, i must say, was a real treat. No need to hold it in for a long movie and a chance to stock up on the food stockpiles. In some ways, India is indeed more progressive than its western counterparts. Food for the whole family cost a mere $6 (USD) - what a bargain. Standing up for the national anthem at the start of the movie was strange (and very unexpected) but I could see that it helps to instill a sense of patriotism and pride that seems to be very much needed in such a hodge podge of ethnicities, cultures & languages. Even the obvious Chinese tourists seated behind us respected the anthem and stood up for it.

Mick

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