Happy 4 days to Thanksgiving!!!! Or three days? How do you count these things? Anyway, soon!
As always you can ask me anything from the personal (“what are you doing for Thanksgiving?”) to the specific and factual (“the ‘Indians’ at the first Thanksgiving, were they the same as the Indians in these movies?”) to the general and discussion (“is it appropriate to do a blog post about Thanksgiving if you are writing an international blog?”).
Now, question for you! Thanksgiving is a time of family get togethers, and also a time of family sedentariness in front of the TV. Making it the perfect time to attempt to introduce others to Indian film. What movie would you show your family if you wanted to make them like Indian movies?
Now, I have actual personal experience with this. Many many Thanksgivings ago I came home from college with three DVDs, Kal Ho Na Ho and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and Hum Aapke Hain Koun and my sister and I forced our mother to sit down and watch all three over the course of one very long day. It worked well, because she also had the flu and Hum Aapke Hain Koun is about the perfect movie to watch while curled up on the couch under a blanket drifting in and out of consciousness. Dad on the other hand was healthy enough to escape and only caught bits and pieces which has lead to minor confusion between all 3 movies that lasts to this day.
On the other hand, were I to do it all over again, I would probably limit it to one movie and 3 hours instead of 3 movies and ten hours. And I might pick something a little more accessible than 90s classics. Daawat-E-Ishq might be my first choice for my mother, and Soorma for my father. For both together, it’s hopeless, they will never react the same way to any movie. I suppose the best plan would be to show Mom Daawat-E-Ishq while Dad makes Thanksgiving dinner (for some reason, he always does the majority of the cooking), and then show Dad Soorma while Mom does the dishes (she’s the one who insists on using the fancy china, so she’s the one who gets to handwash it).
(Bonus, Soorma has a very good soundtrack to hear from the other room while doing dishes in the kitchen)
(Defensive footnote: I would have done it that way at Thanksgiving during college, the past 10-12 Thanksgivings my sister and I have actually done most of the cooking or else Grandpa has taken us out to restaurants. Now it would be more a matter of setting them down in front of the TV and hitting play and then going into the kitchen to do stuff. But then they would just turn off the TV and read books instead, so that doesn’t work)