By Shivansh Gupta
The Indian Cinema has a history aged more than a century which encompasses within many milestones but few are those gems which went unnoticed, largely due to the propriety prevalent in those times.
Just recently I had watched the 1989 cult comedy In which Annie Gives it Those Ones (which was the first movie in my list of ‘movies to watch’) about a group of architecture students in Delhi in their final year of college, an institution which the orthodox smarties of India will call a hub of anti-religion and anti-nationals.
The students speaks crossbred English i.e. the Indian English having a hue of Punjabi & Hindi and most of them live in hippie style.
This movie was never meant to be watched as it was ahead of its time and remained lost in the Doordarshan archives, telecasted just once on the national television more than twenty years ago, and then never again.
True Picture of Hostel and College Life
The screenwriter is the widely known author Arundathi Roy who also plays a role in the film. She is as usual at her witty, sexy, clever words which would have sacrilege the “pure and pious” Censor Board if it had been released in today’s time and that too with many statutory warnings .
The classic English Rock soundtracks in background makes it cooler. The messy hostels, student geniality and concord, love stories in young and naive hearts that are ordained to die as soon as their course ends makes the film closer to reality. The film was both ahead of its time as well as timeless.
The movie has many witty remarks as one time when Annie (a student who is in his fourth time in fifth year) loses his pet rooster then Arjun says that Annie has lost his “cock” which is replied by Radha by a fake moan, imitating the symbolic Aa Aa calling to search the rooster. There is also a sarcastic professor Y.D. Billimoria , known as Yamdoot for his unfailing and uncanny ability to butcher a student’s endeavours with sarcasm.
Yamdoot rejoinders a student who has submitted an ambitious plan about a resort as “My dear donkey, have you forgotten all about orientation” and calls Annie an Animal.
The credits too at the end of the movie has a tinge of smartness and quirk, you will ever see in Indian Cinema.
The film has notable actors as Shah Rukh Khan(his first movie) and Rohan Seth(worked in Gandhi as Nehru).
It is one of the rare cult classics of our country and is the next thing you should watch before you judge Indian Cinema.
This will go definitely from me to anyone as a recommendation with a tag “must watch” and 4.8 and not 5 stars out of 5 because it takes some time to set its pace at the outset.
Forget 3-idiots and go for this .
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