The drama continued well into the evening but this time It was a different kind of drama, the cinematic kind. We had arrived at the Raj Mandir cinema where we planned to see a Bollywood film here. It was recommended by the lonely planet and with a description such as theirs; you couldn’t help but be curious. They described it as being ‘a huge big cream cake style building with a meringue auditorium, somewhere between a temple and disneyland’, ‘THE best place to see a Hindi film in India’. When we passed by it on our first day in Jaipur, It certainly caught our eye. The movie was a standard new release so our only input was the time- 6:50pm for 100 rupees. We were really hungry so we opted to get this ticket and hope to get food inside, and boy did we! Inside for tonnes less than you would pay at home, we got a pizza, a drink, crisps and at intermission even went t=out and purchased a slice of Black Forrest cake which was amazing.
The movie itself, when it began, seemed familiar to me and I had remembered seeing posters for it around India so far. By the hysterics of the audience, we gathered that it was a comedy, but with no subtitles we had to purely base our laughter on facial expressions and actions. It was hilarious and the plot was very easy to follow, very funny at times, very emotional at times and very dramatic at times as to be expected. The cinema audience in India was known to be very involved in the film, sometimes getting up and dancing, or cheering on a character which this audience did- not so much dancing though. The film centred around a boy who grew up to be an Olympic champion which turned out to be ‘based on a true life’. At one part of the movie, the Indian running team went to Melbourne for the Olympics and I was surprised to see a familiar face in Ruby from Home and Away, random or what! One of the funniest scenes was when she took the team to a local country bar and after a few beers he pulled off some crazy Indian/country dancing to the Aussie country band music, to which the whole bar joined in. I am downloading the soundtrack for this for sure It was quite cool how so many tourists were in the cinema and we felt a bit better knowing we weren’t the only one not being able to fully understand it. What an experience, and what a day of drama here in Jaipur!