So, the upcoming film Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai is inviting us to forget the chocolate boys, the starlets, the flings and sweet one-liners....and return to an era of real men, divas, romance, and punch lines.
In short: they are proposing a rewind to the 70s, the golden age of Hindi cinema, the era that gets most of us well and truly hooked on Indian films. And even if it's not where your entry point was, those films will find you and grab you eventually. It is inevitable.
I love the theatrical trailer for the film. It is so delicious it makes my toes curl. And happily, it looks like the film is going to end up in a cinema in Toronto:
(Did anyone else think Emraan was going to kiss Prachi there for a minute? Hee!)
A while back, Ajay Devgn set up some contest for the film, something about writing a paragraph about the 70s era and its style in everything, I guess to get people pumped and thinking about it. I don't have to write about 70s style, because I lived it:
(yes, me, circa 1977)
And although for a long time, I really wanted to forget that era with its excesses in *everything*, the last few years have made me realize that I really am a child of the 70s, and I now revel in everything, from the fabulous shirts to the wide lapels, to the music, and to the glittery disco balls.
So sign me up for Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai. I am so on board that train.