Monday, April 16, 2012

My Own Sinking Ship


This weekend was the centenary anniversary of the Titanic tragedy. Now I was a confused schoolgirl when it swept the Oscars back in 1998, who felt guilty of indecency for all the ‘adult’ content doled out on television, and yes, at that age, Titanic was as ‘adult’ as it could get. So as I sat through an embarrassing three hours, sandwiched between my parents, eyes wide shut, I counted each minute of what felt like a humiliating 5-day test match between India and Australia.

So when the 3D version hit the theatres, I could not help myself from watching the movie, only this time, it was bigger, better and sans any guilt. For a tragic epic, the second half had always moved me to tears, cursing the sheer callousness brought about by hubris, but somehow this time, the romantic in me took over. For a change, I soaked in the pre-interval camaraderie between Jack and Rose: the typical poor boy meets rich girl, girl looks down on boy but is attracted to him, girl is engaged, girl breaks off engagement, girl walks out on family to be with poor boy after knowing him all for four days, reeks of Bollywood absurdity, but yes, I am not ashamed to admit that I.LIKE.IT.

The seventeen-year-old in me wants to go on a cruise to a strange country and fall in love with a complete stranger who is completely unsuitable but unbelievably charming…

The rebel in me wants to break through the shackles and do things she is not supposed to do…

The naughty boy in me wants to be rude and spit on grown-ups…

The woman in me wants to give up everything for the man she loves…

The girl in me wants to be swept off her feet…

But the realist in me accepts that the ship has sailed

8 comments:

~ Mohit said...

A related piece of news from China says that some of the 3d scenes in the movie have been either trimmed or removed on account of discomfort that may be caused to other audience in the theatre lest movie goers attempt to touch the bigger,better,fuller 3d imagery ... And ofc nobody is going to watch the iceberg in 3d right ...

Nefertiti said...

@mohit
I read the China piece as well. Pretty ridiculous if you ask me. And what are you saying!!!! iceberg is all I watched in 3D!!!!

~ Mohit said...

Ridiculous it is indeed..
And,oh ok !

Kappu said...

//Now I was a confused schoolgirl when it swept the Oscars back in 1998, who felt guilty of indecency for all the ‘adult’ content doled out on television, and yes, at that age, Titanic was as ‘adult’ as it could get. So as I sat through an embarrassing three hours, sandwiched between my parents, eyes wide shut//

Whoa that was SO me back then! This perhaps why I follow you, you can just make me/readers go deja vu. Love it as always! Keep writing - this ship might sail too :)

Love,
Kappu

Nefertiti said...

@kappu

it amazes me how blase today's kids are. I was this meek little child, always scared that everything was MY fault...

and thank you for being one of my FIVE readers :)

Makk said...

so you recommend watching??

I have not, because I have it with me and have watched I-dont-know-how-many times.

Nefertiti said...

@makk
the 3D experience is definitely quite something. I would recommend it, just as a visual treat...

Kappu said...

Yeah, the "kids" are almost adults in kids' disguise!

On the reader part, de nada.. Pleasure is mine :)