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Bollywood, My Son and I


Bollywood, My Son and II remember growing up enjoying and laughing through movies like Golmaal, Amar Akbar Anthony and Khushboo. And, I remember my parents rationing my TV time during exams. I remember buying tapes of and listening to the latest tunes of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (Aamir Khan’s debut movie and a big big craze). I remember the excitement of watching my first ever movie in the theatre – Mr. India. I remember cajoling my sister to take me with her to her friend’s house to watch Kranti (and eating aunty’s famous home-made pani puri)…

What I don’t remember is asking my parents to download the latest songs on their phone even before the movie is released. What I don’t remember is asking for the pirated DVD to watch the movie at home. What I don’t remember is having to shell out 2000+ for a theatre experience. What I don’t remember is my parents wondering if the extreme violence or lack of clothing in the movie were appropriate for me!!!

But, I can say with certainty that I am undergoing all these feelings as a parent now, and I find myself in a quandary. I am not the kind of parent to deny my child any entertainment or enjoyment, but I do draw the line at a nine year old watching item songs in great detail and trying to emulate the dance steps and costumes! I do love the good defeating the bad and would want my son to grow up believing the power of good, but I do draw the line at having to watch people butchering each other mindlessly every other scene with all sorts of torture mechanisms.

Where are the Bollywood movies meant for family viewing – with a little bit of fun, a little bit of romance, a pinch of adventure and a whole lot of laughter? With my son demanding to watch Hindi movies every Sunday, I have now taken to re-enjoying the oldie goldies with him – we watched Shaan, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar and I next plan to watch the classic Sholay with him!!

Disclaimer: This post may not appeal to readers who have not watched Hindi movies!!

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Like most mothers she knows, Ramya juggles between finding something that satisfies her inner self and doing something that satisfies her family! Mother of two children, a boy and a girl, her parenting philosophy is not so much to be a popular, cool parent as to bring them up with values that she holds dear. When not donning her 'amma' hat, she switches between being 'manager of Digital Learning at IIMB', 'payer of bills', 'cook', 'cleaner' and 'reader of PG Wodehouse and Georgette Heyer.'


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