Bertolucci, Kurosawa, Allen and Majidi—if you can roll these names off the tip of your tongue, you’re probably meant to join this club. For film buff Ashish Bhasin and his friends, Tuesday nights have become a cozy affair.
The setting is romantic, the food delicious and the film, completely of their choice. Dinner and a movie—that’s what they like to call the nights—has become a weekly affair to wash off their mid-week blues.
With films being privately screened for the last six weeks at the Global Arts Village, the community is gaining quite a momentum.
“I started this concept in 2000. A few of us got together to see a world movie every week and would also bring something to eat,” says 41-year-old Bhasin, who, by day, is an international supply chain consultant.
“While the group became larger since we’d call friends’ friends as well, I had to discontinue organizing it since I skipped town in 2004,” he says.
“Now that I’m back I thought why not re-start this at a more fun scale?” He assures us, the club is choosy as ever in its second outing. “Yet it’s still a very exclusive crowd. With the discretion of viewing lying with us.”
The concept is simple enough, the core group, which consists of Ashish, Ashwin Aishwarya and K.S. Siddhant decide the movie that they’d like to watch that week.
They even decide a menu, which is normally a delectable continental spread and then send an email out to people on their networking sites.
“On an average we get about 15-20 people, all of those who really like films,” says Ashwin, the director of Global Arts Village.
“While the movie is free, we do charge about Rs 250 for the buffet.” People have to mail in their confirmation for dinner so that there’s no leftovers. Dinner begins at 7.30 pm for people who stream in straight from work and the movie begins
by 8.30 pm.
So far, they have shown films like Woody Allen’s The Front and Husbands and Wives and Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers. And they’ve got films like Amelie and Cinema Paradiso in the pipeline.
“We just want to make sure that we see happy films. Something that is uplifting and fitting with the ambience,” adds Ashwin.
And the ambience is the best part. Tucked away on Mehrauli Gurgaon Road, watching a movie on the backdrop of the Global Arts Village is a part of the charm.
Plus with mattresses and floor cushions laid out across the floor, it’s a very comfortable way of watching the movie of your choice.
You could even cuddle your lover, I’m told. The added plus, ofcourse, is the networking.
The Dinner and a movie night draws in a lot of expats —Germans, Greeks, Australians, all of those who share a passion for world cinema. Which is why the mix is very eclectic, something reflected in the food as well. (see box for last week’s menu).
So why Tuesdays?
“Well, Mondays we’re still blue, Wednesdays there’s ladies nights and by Thursdays the weekend begins,” says Bhasin.
“So we were left with Tuesdays and so far it’s been the best day.”