The Dhakaiya movies and us
Entertainment - one very important factor in our every-day lives. Well, what I'm trying to mean here is that 'entertainment' is one factor which should not be absent from our minds, given the fact that our thought-process is jam-packed with our busy schedules.
We have quite a few number of entertainment facilities here in Dhaka - starting from watching televisions to going to clubs. But the list is definitely limited!! The television is an 'essential meal of mind' in our day-to-day life. And I guess that's it; that about it. Nothing more.
Once upon a time there used to be so many things to entertain oneself - roaming around in parks, flying kites in the blue sky and the most fascinating and exciting one - going to the CINEMA. Yup, the word 'cinema hall' seems to have disappeared from our entertainment vocabulary. Except for the stories, books etc., I really grieve to say that in our country (large middle+upper class) majority of the population do not go to cinema halls or even don't know what cinema halls are like these days.
Of course, there are movies being made. But they are more like wasting one's valuable time to watch a movie and bear the insolence of a bunch of uncivilised people (?!) at the hall. Just the other day, my parents suddenly told me to get ready as we were to go to a cinema hall (Garrison cinema hall inside the Dhaka Cantonment) to watch a Bengali movie. First, I thought it would be something like "Matir Moyna" or "Srabon Megher Diney" but the moment I heard it was "moner majhey tumi", I was absolutely dumped! I was like "ammu are u OK? are we gonna watch "Moner Majhey Tumi" by Riaz and Purnima? No way, I aint going there, sorry!" But later I went. It was a watchable movie than what I saw on TV. But, I hate to say it, but I simply HATED the crowd. During the national anthem, not a single person stood up except for the members of my family. I couldn't believe it! My parents always taught me to stand up to show respect when the national flag is being shown along with national anthem being played. Then, oh my god, the screaming and shoutings - they belonged in the jungle. I swear! One of my cousins, Sayeed, doesn't even know what a cinema hall is. He has a DVD player in house and watches movies on them. The other day I asked him: "Sayeed, do know what a cinema hall looks like?" He replied: "Uummm, appi, what is a hall?" So then I described a cinema hall to him and he was quite fascinated at thinking about such a gigantic 'TV' and such a big 'drawing-room' with sooo many seats. And he also asked me whether people would try to steal things in the darkness or kidnap children. I felt pity for him. Actually there many like him. And its actually not their fault. I blame the entire thing on the faltu and uninteresting Bangladeshi directors and producers. What do they think of themselves?
Just because you are not creative enough (or shall we say less educated?) doesn't mean that you can produce any type of movie you want to. I don't have enough IQ to think of a good script so I can sit down to watch a Hindi movie scribbling on a paper and the very next day start shooting!!
Plus, you bring onto screen, actresses as though they nothing but a "aloor bosta"! Huh, when will Bangalees ever learn?
By Armeen Kabir
Have you ever tried hanging out with groups or crowds other than your own? Or which is not your type? It might actually be pretty interesting! Of late, I have tried listening to bits and pieces of conversation amongst various types of crowds. I would like to share a few.
Socrates' and Platos:
Ones with Complicated Lives (!):
Cool Practical Jokes
1. Shove a raisin in the opening of a tube of toothpaste so that it will take some effort to squeeze then... POP. Out comes a nice stream of toothpaste, hopefully on victim's clothes.
2. Some of the least elaborate practical jokes are the most effective. Go with a couple of friends, stand near some busy street corner, and take a great interest in some point near the top of a tall building, or maybe just up in the sky. Watch the reactions of people around you.
How to get rid of telephone solicitors and other people you don't want
to talk to: Say "Hold on one minute while I turn off the stove"
(or your favourite appliance), and then leave them hanging. For added
fun, time them to see how long they take to hang up, and you can keep
a record of who takes the longest.
This one's actually a *harmless* practical joke. My favourite telephone
gag is to call someone at random, and with an official tone rattle off
this warning before they can interrupt: "This is the telephone
company calling. There is some trouble with your line. Please do not
answer any calls for the next five minutes or the person on the other
line may be electrocuted. Thank you." Hang up, and wait about two
minutes. Call them back. When they answer, just scream "AAAAARGH!"
and hang up.
are you sure you love me and no one else ?"
is more important to us, the sun or the moon?" Pupil: "The
moon". Teacher: "Why?"
you like your coffee black?"
A man and his wife were having an argument about who should brew the coffee each morning.
The wife said, "You should do it, because you get up first, and then we don't have to wait as long to get our coffee."
The husband said, "You are in charge of the cooking around here and you should do it, because that is your job, and I can just wait for my coffee."
Wife replies, "No you should do it, and besides it is in the Bible that the man should do the coffee."
Husband replies, "I can't believe that, show me."
she fetched the Bible, and opened the New Testament and shows him at
the top of several pages, that it indeed says . . . . . . .
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