28 January, 2021

My Prelapsarian Blockbusters

Discourse on bus No. C2, and how I ‘entered’ the screen of the times

Illustration by Sorit
My Prelapsarian Blockbusters

I heard it on my school bus, number C2. Rajesh Kwatra from West Patel Nagar would tell it to me like it is. Sholay, Do Jasoos, Pratigya, Chacha Bhatija, Hera Pheri, Kalicharan. En route from Pusa Road to New Rohtak Road, between leftover lunch, choorangoli and mortal combat over window seats, Rajesh Kwatra was my eyes, ears and a balcony seat to a world populated by Amita Bachchan, Amjaad Khan, Dhan Tan Taan and Dhishkyaoooon. It saved my family money and gave me social acceptance as demonstrated by the following dramatic revisualisation:

Conan the Barbarian from East Patel Nagar: “Oye Bangali tune wo wali pichchar dekhi hai?”

Skinny Bong from Karol Bagh: “Dekhi hai” (white lie).

CBEPN: “Oye wo wala scene jisme ‘Halicopter’ crash hota hai!”

SBKB: “Oye wo wala scene jisme uska tauliya gir jata hai!”

CBEPN and SBKB (in unison): “YaaaBhissshummm. YaaBhisshuumm.” (Exeunt, in a frenzy of...



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