Lagaan got released when I was in college..yes yes I am THAT old! and I have extremely fond memories of the movie
Of watching it in the theatre with cousin K, taking along our next door neighbour girl who was about 12 pleading to her mom that we would take good care of her (It was her first movie without her parents in the theatre)
Eating that oily, horrible tasting samosas in the intervals…We watched the movie in a cinema hall and not in a multiplex…
Screaming at every ball which Aamir played..so much so that the aunty sitting next to me had to tell me ‘oochu barada pad, kale taru awaaz nikadshe nahi’ (Shout a bit less, tomorrow morning your voice will be gone) and it was true it did happen…all the screaming, I couldnt speak for a couple of days…but what fun it was to watch a movie in a cinema hall…it was a rare treat for cousin K and I because we didnt watch too many movies in the hall 🙂
and then of course, going crazy everytime the songs came on TV…I loved all the songs of the movie…starting from o ri chori, to ghana na ghana na ghan to madhuban mein to kaniya kisi gopi se mile…all of them…
Getting excited about it getting shortlisted for the Oscars, discussing furiously in the dance class, if we could celebrate the Oscar win by surprising the teacher with a Madhuban dance, getting so upset about not winning it, but getting all proud that Aamir got up to congratulate the winner..it was all the Lagaan mania…I dont know how many people in India liked the movie, found it too long, found it boring, etc etc..but I liked the movie..and loved the songs..
On Friday, I heard R humming something like ‘hai magan, chandni, chanda‘ in the tunes of ‘O palan hare’ the bhajan in the movie sung by Udit Narayan and Lata Mangeshkar
What are you singing R? I asked her curious
Aapko nahi aata amma, yeh to naya song daycare teacher ne sikhaya, bhagwan ka bhajan hai, she told me
What is it? I asked again
And she sung the same three words, in tune…
I was estatic…life definitely comes to a full circle eh? I hummed the song along with her and she was so shocked that I knew it..
Aapko aata hai, par aap toh old ho, kaise aata hai…Gah! on the old part..but anyways…I told her of course, I know the song…
Then RD got it off youtube and we watched the song on his big fat phone 🙂 and then RD put up the next song ‘Madhuban mein jo kaniya kisi gopi se mile’ all the old memories of dancing on that song, choreographing it in our own way, everything came back…R loved the song and she loved Gracy Singh dancing on it as well…
Thanks to R’s daycare teacher, I got back my lovely Lagaan memories 🙂
We plan to dance on Madhuban together for Rahul’s first birthday 🙂 Lets see how that works out 🙂
Does anyone else have such Lagaan memories?