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Jhoom Barabar Jhoom!

Written on: Saturday June 30th, 2007

A journal entry from: Elective

Friday afternoon, we made a trip to the cinema to see our first Hindi movie. As I think I've already mentioned, Isla leaves Sunday, so we decided it would be nice to go. We went to the Kumari cinema, near Dilhi Bazaar, to see the latest Hindi release Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (which means Sway Away, or something like that!).

The cinema was nothing like I had expected, judging by the rest of Kathmandu so far. It was clean, quite big, and showing a variety of films. We paid 175 rupees for a seat on the balcony (which actually wasn't a balcony, just the highest seats, but still not bad!) and had our bags searched on the way in to check that we weren't smuggling sweets! I got told off for having a chocolate wrapper in my bag, but as I argued with them, it was obviously empty (since when do I save chocolate for that long?!), and they let me in!

We bought some popcorn and a drink for the staggering price of 55 rupees, and then headed to the hall which the movie was due to be shown in. Now, we had no idea what to expect other than some kind of 'romantic comedy', but we were quite looking forward to it as we knew it was subtitled from people passing it on, so we figured we'd be able to enjoy it no matter what.

When the film started, we quickly realised it was set in London, which was nice as we could see lots of British sights which were amusing to us (graffiti on Arriva buses for one thing), but nobody else seemed to get why we were laughing - oh well!

There was a lot of dancing in the movie, with flamboyant costumes and outrageous dance moves, but it was entertaining to watch! The story was predictable, but we actually really enjoyed it, and would definitely go to the cinema again given the chance.

If you fancy getting some more information about the movie, see here:


Later that night, we met Dr Renu's husband, Dr Prasai, who had optimistically placed a couple of beers in the fridge to share with us. We stayed up 'til around 10 (ooh, get us!) chatting and drinking cold beer, then we hit the sack ready for the early start the next day...