Movie Rec

by GfG on June 22, 2009 · 8 comments

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For the last week I have been obsessed with a movie. A fantastic movie. It has romance. It has drama. It has humor. It has dancing and singing. It had an underdog sports challenge. The movie swept me off my feet and had me twirling and vocalizing around the house for days. I was so enamored with it that I sat the kids down Saturday afternoon saying, “I’d like you to watch a bit of a movie and see if you like it. If you don’t, we’ll turn it off.” It didn’t take long to see they were enjoying it. We turned it off to entertain guests, but as soon as they left, the kids begged (I’m not exaggerating) to watch a bit more. We finished watching the epic length movie (it has almost four hours of film, but honestly, it doesn’t feel like it unless you start it at 10pm) yesterday morning. Papalou even loved it.

Now all that may not seem so surprising since we love musicals in this family. All kinds of musicals. Proven by the fact that this movie is now a big favorite.

This musical that is entirely in Hindi. Yes, you read that right. The movie is a foreign film (nominated for best in 2002 by The Academy) made in India: “Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India”. It’s a Bollywood hit. Don’t run!!! I’m telling you, this is a super duper movie. It was like “West Side Story” meets “The Natural” in Hindi. Faith even loved it, even though she couldn’t read the subtitles. We filled her in when necessary. She cheered, she covered her eyes in anxiety, she giggled. (FYI: We didn’t let her and Cutie Pie watch scenes surrounding worship of the gods; there were two.)

So… please add this movie to your queue. I mean, come on… why not take a four hour Bollywood challenge this summer? As a personal favor to me, watch “Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India” and come back to report.

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