Posted by: kcgadiyar | June 7, 2009

Movie memories from the 90’s

Just saw “Crank 2: High Voltage”, if a movie ever made less sense while being more entertaining than this, i am yet to see it. After watching the movie, i was sure that critics online have bashed the film, just to get a sense of what the internet bloggers thought of this movie, i used blogsearch and stumbled upon a post which led to me posting here. The post was about a person reminiscing about the classic films of the Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee era in the 1970’s when the author was growing up.

I realize that i didn’t grow up in what we would exactly call the golden era for creativity in cinema (the 1990s were by and large the black hole of creativity in cinema), but while growing up, there are always memories of some movies which stay with you, and some movies which influence the cultural zeitgeist as a whole. This is a list of those films that i remember (no particular order):

1. Alladin: This movie is, as far as i can remember, the first film i saw alone(as in, i was not accompanied by any family member) in a theatre. That is not the only reason this makes the list. This film was, to the best of my memory, the first widely publicized animation movie to relase in India. The story of Alladin had already been made famous by the DD show “Alif Laila” and i remember being excited to go and watch this movie. To this day, i have not rewatched this movie after seeing it in the theatre, but i can still recall most of the scenes from the movie.

2. DDLJ: Talking about a cultural impact, this movie has to rank somewhere near the top. It is a part of growing up for the people in the 22-26 age group currently. Aditya Chopra has yet to reach the heights of DDLJ again, the movie single handedly changed Shahrukh Khan’s image from an anti-hero to a romantic-hero, and catapulted Kajol right to the top. The impact of this movie can be seen in the fact that saying DDLJ is enough to refer to this film. In fact, i have only met ONE person who hasn’t seen this film (he hasn’t seen Sholay either, so he is more of an abberation in any case)

3. Jurassic Park: Hindsight is a funny thing, i remember watching the Oscars (or at least the oscar results) the year of Jurassic Park and being angry that this did not win Best Film (you have to remember, the Filmfare awards,till recently, were more about which film is more popular rather than which was the actual best film), and that the Best Film had gone to a Black & White movie. 15 years later, i have seen “Schindlers list” and recognize it for the masterpiece it is. But in India, the year 1993 was the year of the Dinosaurs, i recall that most shows on DD had managed to somehow associate themselves with the dino craze going around at that time. This was truly a phenomenon in that one year.

4. Titanic: Yes, we may all find plotholes big enough to drive the Titanic through now, but the 11 oscars helped Titanic become the ONLY english movie to stay in theatres in Mangalore for over a 100 days, and also is second in the list of movies to stay longest in the theatre “Newchitra” (The longest movie cannot be mentioned here)

5. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai: The release of this movie had the makings of an event. This was probably the first high profile movie to be released after Cable TV had proliferated into every home, thus improving visibility for the movie a hundred fold. The movie itself set new records and is still quoted, maybe not on the level of DDLJ, but very close nonetheless.

That was my list of 5 movies i remember from the 90’s. Any films to add? Feel free.

Just saw “Crank 2: High Voltage”, if a movie ever made less sense while being more entertaining than this, i am yet to see it. After watching the movie, i was sure that critics online have bashed the film, just to get a sense of what the internet bloggers thought of this movie, i used blogsearch and stumbled upon a post which led to me posting here. The post was about a person reminiscing about the classic films of the Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee era in the 1970’s when the author was growing up.

I realize that i didn’t grow up in what we would exactly call the golden era for creativity in cinema (the 1990s were by and large the black hole of creativity in cinema), but while growing up, there are always memories of some movies which stay with you, and some movies which influence the cultural zeitgeist as a whole. This is a list of those films that i remember (no particular order):

1. Alladin: This movie is, as far as i can remember, the first film i saw alone(as in, i was not accompanied by any family member) in a theatre. That is not the only reason this makes the list. This film was, to the best of my memory, the first widely publicized animation movie to relase in India. The story of Alladin had already been made famous by the DD show “Alif Laila” and i remember being excited to go and watch this movie. To this day, i have not rewatched this movie after seeing it in the theatre, but i can still recall most of the scenes from the movie.

2. DDLJ: Talking about a cultural impact, this movie has to rank somewhere near the top. It is a part of growing up for the people in the 22-26 age group currently. Aditya Chopra has yet to reach the heights of DDLJ again, the movie single handedly changed Shahrukh Khan’s image from an anti-hero to a romantic-hero, and catapulted Kajol right to the top. The impact of this movie can be seen in the fact that saying DDLJ is enough to refer to this film. In fact, i have only met ONE person who hasn’t seen this film (he hasn’t seen Sholay either, so he is more of an abberation in any case)

3. Jurassic Park: Hindsight is a funny thing, i remember watching the Oscars (or at least the oscar results) the year of Jurassic Park and being angry that this did not win Best Film (you have to remember, the Filmfare awards,till recently, were more about which film is more popular rather than which was the actual best film), and that the Best Film had gone to a Black & White movie. 15 years later, i have seen “Schindlers list” and recognize it for the masterpiece it is. But in India, the year 1993 was the year of the Dinosaurs, i recall that most shows on DD had managed to somehow associate themselves with the dino craze going around at that time. This was truly a phenomenon in that one year.

4. Titanic: Yes, we may all find plotholes big enough to drive the Titanic through now, but the 11 oscars helped Titanic become the ONLY english movie to stay in theatres in Mangalore for over a 100 days, and also is second in the list of movies to stay longest in the theatre “Newchitra” (The longest movie cannot be mentioned here)

5. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai: The release of this movie had the makings of an event. This was probably the first high profile movie to be released after Cable TV had proliferated into every home, thus improving visibility for the movie a hundred fold. The movie itself set new records and is still quoted, maybe not on the level of DDLJ, but very close nonetheless.

That was my list of 5 movies i remember from the 90’s. Any films to add? Feel free.

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Responses

  1. Hmm i remember the Longest movie to stay in “Newchitra” , KCG used to tell use every week “Dude that movie is still running … “. I should Confess here even though we used to talk about almost every next day during our travel to our college , I ( not sure about KCG ) saw that movie 😛 .

    • Hmm Major correction I ( not sure about KCG ) “never” saw that movie.

      • Or was that a Freudian slip? 🙂


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