One of my favorite pastimes is watching movies, whether it is a silent film, a foreign film, a cult classic, or a new action packed blockbuster, I’ll watch just about anything once. I had just gotten out of a long day of class on Thursday, October 19 and I was casually sitting on campus and decided to scroll through my Facebook feed, unwinding for a bit. I saw an event pop-up on my timeline from the Indian Student Association (ISA), stating that they would be showing the film Baahubali: The Beginning. I realized I had no plans, and nothing to study for (relatively speaking, this is college there is literally always something to study for), so I decided to head over and watch the film. I have never been to an ISA event on campus, but I was not too worried, you don’t have to know people well to sit around and watch a film with them. Baahubali is actually a Tollywood film, which simply means it is apart of Telugu Cinema, which is another film market in India where the films are typically in the Telugu, or Bengali.
Growing up as a kid, my mother and I used to watch Bollywood music videos on Saturday mornings, so going to watch this movie was an nostalgic experience for me. Whether it’s Tollywood, or Bollywood I adore the vibrant characters and colors within the films. I love the exaggerated acting, the fast-paced romantic developments, and of course the choreography and melodic tunes, of the musical numbers. If you ever find yourself in a bad mood, I would strongly encourage you to watch an Indian film, you will laugh, cry, and rejoice with the characters onscreen. Also, it just offers a differing experience from some of the monotony from many of the films produced in the United States currently, don’t get me started on our film industry though, that could be a whole blog series. All I’m going to say I throughly enjoyed the movie, and will be watching Baahubali 2: The Conclusion on Netflix soon. So, if you are debating whether or not you should go to a new event by yourself I say go for it, I had a great time and made a couple new friends.