How hard is it to entertain?

Tough question, I know. But as a viewer or consumer of entertainment, I have to say, it’s not that hard to entertain me. I don’t demand complicated stories or over-the-top, unbelievable settings. In fact, I want quite the opposite. Something I can relate to. Something I can believe. Something I can smile with or occasionally, feel sad with. Unfortunately, no Hindi TV channel can offer me this.

When I ask for the above, I know I’m in the minority. But this is a sizeable minority, I would like to believe. Pundits would have other opinions supported by floors of papers and polls and research. But hey, no one asked me. Or anyone I know! And all of us want something simple.

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Malgudi Days

The simpler times. The easier life? Maybe not always. But Malgudi Days does bring back memories of when I was a kid. All I had to worry about was homework and whether I’ll get to bat that evening. Which is perhaps why watching the show even today brings back sweet memories of a time that seems to have been lost.

It is also interesting to note the ‘arty’ nature of the show. It was perhaps the way ‘artistically inclined’ producers and directors wanted to show it, but it sure beats the heck out of the garish nonsense that is on TV these days.

Whatever said, Malgudi Days continues to enthrall and entertain. Saturday mornings for two hours on 9X.

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Why is Sarkar always interesting?

I don’t think Sarkar is one of those movies that has layers upon layers which the viewer will see everytime they watch it. But there is something about it that makes you want to watch it. Over and over.

So the awkward “Thaamba, thaamba” notwithstanding from the Big B, I power on for a fifth viewing. And continue to enjoy it over and over.

Incidentally, I would much rather have been watching the India v Sri Lanka ODI over the long weekend. Funnily, though, it begins tomorrow. On a Monday. Well, perhaps the administrators got it wrong? Or is there a divine plan and meaning that us mere mortals can’t see? Anyhoo, all I wanted was the match.