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This is the beginning of a series of blogs, pictures, lists and videos about Indian cinema, for a completely personal point of view and based on my experience watching, reading and researching about it.
It was one of those afternoons at the office that I went down to the big library of the Embassy. I liked to find some time and see the books available, then one of those days that I was called by the lady in charge of the so-called cultural section, I open one of the places in order to help her to organize.... MOVIES, yes, many of many DVD and VCD's she had there sent by the Government to each diplomatic mission. Many of them with English Subtitles and as an Employee I was able to take many of them for watch... any time. At that point I do remember that I was only saw like 3 or 4 movies, and I remember they were really long, but I didn't mind. It was like having my own (and I don't know why I think it was my own) Indian Blockbuster for free. Since then my relationship with the Indian movies started, not only for copy how they dress (which was already an advantage for me), but for remembering the name of the actors, loving the stories and starting to what took me years to do, understand the production and its industry.
I cannot describe how it was to watch some videos with the officers in anticipation for the Festival of Indian Cinema that would be held in our city, and receiving as well the big wheels of the original movies to be screened in our city, and see them talking about the actors as if they were their long time neighbors, the time that I found the book which explained in detail a comparison between the production of the different version of the same movie: DEVDAS, or how amazed I was to read in the Indian Newspaper that we received how an entire city was stopped for the celebration of the marriage of two of the biggest Indian Stars.
Living here made the thing different, as you are no more an movie fan from outside, you get the information sooner and experience how they enjoy and judge their own industry, they, the producers, the actors and the fans, is a whole different world, and they don't turn their heads so much into Hollywood, or any other industry. Many of them don't even realize it exists.
Do you remember that scene in "Slum-dog Millionaire" where a boy was able to remember the name of an actor in the contest of "Who wants to be a Millionaire"? that scene reminded me how important is the indian cinema in this society and its contribution to its country, it has the recognition and the respect of the government, is a society inside a society and people here is happy with that.
To be continued.