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Rediscovering classics

As cinemas run empty, young Delhiites start movie clubs and rediscover all-time classics, reports Itee Dewan.

entertainment Updated: May 26, 2009 19:38 IST
Itee Dewan
Itee Dewan
Hindustan Times

Rishi Bhalla, 23, sketches, stitches and designs clothes Monday to Friday, but on Saturdays he converts his drawing room into a mini-theatre — dim lights, popcorns et al. This is where Rishi’s movie club, which was born ever since the producers’ strike began, meets once a week. “It’s usually a 12 to 3 show at my place because all my friends like to party in the evening.”

HR professional Yousman Pandita, 28, loved going out to movies with her friends. But after the dry spell, she has been looking for options. “I thought of joining a movie club and logged on to social networking sites, but most of them were
e-clubs.” Last week, Yousman sent a mail to friends inviting them to join her movie club in Mayur Vihar. Like Yousman, IT consultant Chandrashekhar is toying with the idea of starting a film club. He’s got a name too: “MCP — Movie, chai, popcorn club.” Chandrashekhar has subscribed to a DVD rental website for a steady stream of movies. “For now, we watch movies in our conference room after office hours,” he says.

Then there are others who feel that the impasse has led not just to a rise in neighbourhood film clubs, but has also given an impetus to cultural and world cinema. Nitesh Rohit, 22, of, an e-world film journal, has organised several screenings in the past two months. “Our movie club on Iranian cinema just ended and we got a tremendous response,” says Rohit.

First Published: May 26, 2009 19:36 IST