For parents, a movie outing with younger kids is like a roller-coaster experience. One does not have any idea how the journey would pan out. So, normally we go for family movies – read movies where a lot of other kids are present so that your child’s din gets drowned out in the commotion. Or go for afternoon shows on a weekday that are likely to be low on population. Better still closer to your toddler’s lunch time nap. And be prepared to walk out if the child cannot/will not keep quiet.
For us, movie outings are rare though luckily both the kids are past that howling/crying stage. Only if a movie has been positively endorsed by many reviewers do we risk venturing out. Luckily, Satellite TV gives you options like Movies-on-demand and recording of movies at home that do a great job of watching them in peace. But, when you have Gautam at home, you can never say!
Gautam loves asking questions. He just rambles on and on. Even for a TV program, he does that. The other day, “Jab tak hai Jaan” was coming on TV. I recorded it and wanted to watch it to see how bad it could get. There is a draw that we experience towards the very worst and repulsive just like those diabetic Sooraj Barjatya movies, don’t we? Besides, I could fast forward the songs and other stuff which was a saving grace.
The movie, which is quite intolerable, became rather hilarious because of Gautam’s observations. There was this romantic scene in which SRK drops the coffee cups and rushes to hug/intimidate Katrina. Gautam starts, “Doesn’t uncle know that he should not throw cups like this? And all that hot coffee could have hurt someone. He needs to find a dustbin to throw those :-P” *Absolutely Gautam, passion is no excuse for shoddy civic behavior!*
There is another scene where he says, “Why has aunty not finished her food? How can she leave so much food on her plate?” *My sentences come right out of his mouth, I feel!*
When he saw SRK kiss Katrina, peck I mean, Gautam says, “Why do they kiss each other on the lips? I saw that in Star Wars as well.” *eyeroll*
And then there are questions like What is he eating? What is he drinking? How are they letting him into a train where there is a bomb? Why does this uncle have so many accidents? Why why why…
I could watch the movie sans songs and did not wish to kill myself by the end only because of Gautam’s funny observations. Of course, he can be quite a pain when it is an interesting movie that I wish to watch. My favorite excuse to him then is, “You can’t watch the movie. It is not for children :).”
And that helps out a lot when I wish to watch my favorite serials Law & Order and Crime Patrol. BTW, he loves watching Masterchef India with me and Sid :).
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