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My first movie memory #TadkaTuesday.

Year: 1990

Theatre: Eros, Mumbai.    

Movie: Pretty Woman. 


   Aged seventeen then, with youth and its vigour  inundating me with dreams that sparkled like the countless twinkling stars in the night sky, I was raring to explore the world, learn about things I had only heard of. And, in the midst of it all, a movie like Pretty Woman gets released.  Like the proverbial cherry on the cake, if I can call it so!

  A movie that boasts of having at its helm the most charming, breathtakingly handsome, uber-sexy Richard Gere and the sizzling hot  fire cracker, Julia Roberts. I hadn't seen any "adult" movie until then, but heard a lot about those from friends. Well, what else do we discuss in college, if not films?! And, Pretty Woman being the latest release, it was the talk of the town, the hottest topic of discussion. So, of course, I was interested in watching it!

  I and my best friend, Priya, decided to go see it at Eros. It's one of the most famous cinema halls in Mumbai - a place we are extremely proud of. Although, now, I am not sure about its status; haven't been there in decades! Sigh.

 So, we decided to go watch it, after seeking permission from our respective parents, of course. You see, we belonged to the era when children "lived life" with prior permission from parents. "Lived life" as in had fun, socialised or partied. I would rather not blabber about the kind of socialising and partying we indulged in, lest we get ridiculed and mocked at!

  I begged my father to buy the tickets for us, for it was a place we had never been to, ever. And, dad, who was pretty chilled out by then and become a buddy, agreed to do it for us. We were thrilled, to say the least! Dad was also thrilled, for on the day he was to buy the tickets, he returned home with a sad, guilty look on his face. He feigned memory loss and apologised profusely for not having bought the tickets! But, the next moment, on seeing my droopy face, burst out laughing and showed me the tickets, teasing me no end! Dad! You are the best!

   Fast forward to the theatre,  there we were, two young girls waiting eagerly to get in and watch the first ever movie without our parents in tow! My heart beat had doubled up as I entered the hall, took my seat and waited with bated breath for the movie to begin. I remember our nervous giggles, our anxiety and our curiosity as we awaited  the entry of The Man, Mr. Gere. And, whoa! He sure didn't let us down!

  The story took us far away, to another land - a land where the handsome, charming and caring hero, sweeps the heroine off her feet in one swift move. Everything is all hunky dory, until the arrival of the bad guy. But, our hero - the  knight in shining armour - has aces up his sleeve as he knocks the villain out of the picture in quick seconds and saves his lady love, like a true gentleman! Ah! I am swooning just thinking about it all!

 I may have seen the movie many a time over the  years, but it failed to up my heartbeat the way it did the very first time! Oh, and I admit, it also gave me ideas about the kind of man I would want to meet in life! The magic of the movie and the actors was such, it still makes me go dreamy-eyed! The peppy title song still makes me want to dance to its tune and Julia Roberts' uproarious laughter and devil-may-care attitude does rub off of me, but I stop short of emulating her for fear of falling on my face with a loud thud! None could have carried off the role so perfectly as she did.

  And, Richard Gere, ah, they don't make men like him anymore, do they? His was the first movie I saw as a young adult, and again, it was another movie starring him (Shall we dance?) that I saw as a forty year old, and fell in love all over again! Fell in love with Richard Gere, I mean!  Psst...he figures on top of the 'Best looking men EVER' list, and chances of him being replaced by  anyone are rare.

  So, that's my very first movie memory -  I did watch many movies before that, but this one figures on top for reasons I raved about throughout this post!


 Which was the first ever movie you remember watching and for what reasons? Do share with me... I would love to hear all about it!

P. S. 
 In case you are thinking of talking about Richard Gere, then let me warn you, he belongs to ME! So, kindly keep your emotions in check, or else....! 
 Don't say you weren't warned!

Hahaha! Just kidding!
*wink wink*



 With Love

SHILPA...

*This post has been written for #TadkaTuesday.




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  1. I remember those days when most of my plans would be vetted by my parents too and after answering innumerable questions, we would be allowed to go where ever we wanted.

    As for Richard Gere *Swoon*. I know he is all yours :)

    Thank You for sharing this sweet little memory Shilpa.

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    1. Ah, yes, those were the days, Jaibala! Parents these days are so much more lenient.
      :) Yes, Richard is all mine, so, sorry! :P
      Thank you for the lovely prompt!

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  2. Its my all time favourite movie Shilpa and loved Richard gere in it. Agree with you that he is the most handsome man alive and I am sure all girls must have had a crush on him after this movie.The movie’s tagline? “She walked off the street, into his life and stole his heart.” Awwww. Thanks for writing for #TadkaTuesday. :)

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    1. Yesss, that tagline! And, the movie! One of the cutest movies, ever!
      Thank you for visiting, Deepa!

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  3. Oh I loved Pretty Woman. I liked it not just for Gere but for Julia Roberts too. They were perfect together.

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    1. Yes, Tulika, they were simply perfect! And, so was the movie! :)

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  4. My my! You remember every small detail of your first movie (Ofcourse, the reason is obvious:P)! I don't even recall which movie it was that I saw first :O

    Great description!


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    1. Hehe, yes, Sampada! Some memories seldom fade away with time!

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  5. You do love Gere, don't you? I have to agree with you, though. The man is delicious! As for Pretty Woman, no surprise there. It's one of my favourites too. Your dad is so cute! How sweet of him to play that trick on you.

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    1. Wow! Now 'delicious' is a word I forgot to use for Gere! Thank you for the adjective, Shailaja!
      And, yes, dad is cute, super cute! :)

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  6. Nice memories shilpa, yea, we had to take permission from our parents those days. Now things changed.

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    1. Oh yeah! How things have changed! For the better, I would like to hope!
      Thank you for visiting, Mahathi!

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  7. Hahahaha that's such a sweet memory. I remember watching DDLJ and HAHK when I was around 10 with my parents in the nearby army cinema hall. After that I used to go with my sister. Two little kids walking hand in hand, going to cinema hall. Now that I think of it, my Dad was so cool to have allowed us that indulgence ;)
    I haven't watched Pretty Woman yet... Yeah I know sounds ridiculous... I should watch it today. Richard Gere uffffff. <3

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    1. You haven't seen it yet, Raj?! OMG! It's like when I say I haven't seen/read Harry Potter, the kind of reaction I get, is how I may be reacting to your comment! :P
      Do watch it, you will enjoy it, I am sure!

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  8. How well you remember the movie from more than 20 years ago, Shilpa. I watched Pretty woman pretty recently, not more than 7 years ago! Loved it. Watched it many times since then. But when it comes to movie stars I am so unlike anyone else. Never felt those feelings for any star even when I was a teenager. But yeah, Richard Gere is handsome, I agree. :)

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    1. :) There are some things I remember pretty well, others I forget, even if they happened 20 minutes ago!
      You are quite the chilled out girl, I must say, for not getting affected by movie stars! :)

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  9. I watched Pretty Woman a little later in life, but loved it! I think that scene where she walks into a store with the freedom to buy anything is every woman's fantasy!

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    1. Oh yeah! It's my fantasy, too! Just get into a store, buy stuff and care a damn if the sales person acts all high and mighty!
      Loved that scene...loved all the scenes!
      :P

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  10. Aaaaah Pretty woman!!!!!!!!!!!!! I remember the uber sexy Mr. Gere too. ANd you are right, they dont make them anymore like this......

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  11. I loveeeeeeeeeeeee this movie. The last scene <3 <3 <3

    Julia Roberts was just too perfect in this movie. And Richard Gere, I'm sorry I need to see your proof of ownership of him :P

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    1. Hahahaha, Soumya, the ownership seal is stamped on my heart! *wink wink*
      What ridiculous stuff we talk about! :P

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  12. I watched it recently on Tv from start to end and it was still as lovely as I remembered. They really don't make romantic films like these anymore. For me, this, Notting Hill, You got Mail, Dirty Dancing, Runaway Bride, Love Actually... these were a class apart.

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    1. Oh doc, I love those movies you mentioned! Notting Hill (and the song from the movie,'She", and You've got mail...yes.beautiful movies, the kind romance films must ideally be! :)

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