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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Chulbul Pandey in XLRI

We at XL know one thing - to live life XL size! We have formal committees for the most informal of all things in the world. While the most popular committee ensures the absence of sobriety on the campus, Film Lovers In XLRI (FLIX) has pirates who screen awesome-quality shit on huge lecture screens. If it's a movie, it's on FLIX.

I'm one of the six pirates of the campus. We have screened all kinds of movies - from downrightly sleazy to cult classics with audience-of-five. But, this Tuesday was different. We screened Dabangg. The rest is history.

Marketing maniac that I think I am, this was the first teaser that I sent to the batch.

Normally, teasers cease to be anything more than movie posters. They aren't teasers, really, in absence of the tease quotient. But hype had to be created this time. The subject of the teaser read "SCREENING OF THE YEAR".

By 8pm, Anshat and I decided to spice up the movie watching experience. We got popcorn, cold drinks and 'thanda' paan!!! And I sent out another teaser with strategically placed fonts.

Next, I printed out the following and stuck it in the hostel elevator.
(Munni Zandu Balm hui, Darrrling tere liye)

2315 hours. Lecture Hall 2. The experience.

Imagine sitting in a theatre in Bengal watching a Mithoon-Da movie from the first few rows with the "mass audience", as we elitists call them. The atmosphere was equally electrifying in XLRI. The hall with a seating capacity of 70 had 90 people to start with. Whistles, desk-bangings, roars of "Why are we waiting, FLIX is masturbating!"

Chulbul 'Robin Hood' Pandey then took the hall by a storm, a tsunami rather. It was a cheap, sleazy, double-meaning dime-a-dozen flick with a difference. Colossal screen presence of Salman even when he breaks into a dance everytime between a fight, Gawd-level action sequences and "Makkhi" - it was more than we could take. [Makkhi happens to be the nickname of a batchmate Nitin Makhija whose name was shouted everytime "Makkhi" was mentioned onscreen].

Dialogues like "Dekhen, kiske batashe kitney gol hain!" [Let's see, who has the balls!"] flared the lecture hall more than what's happening in Kashmir.

And, among all this, there was Anshat, shouting out his sales-pitch "Popcorn-popcorn-popcorn"!!!!

A night to remember!

49 comments:

  1. wow!! Dabangg deserves that :)
    I watched it with my friends in a multiplex and first time I hared whistling and hooting there... that's the magic of chulbul panday...
    I am in love with him and will go to see him again :D

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  2. Life at 'XL' seems to 'rock' like Chulbul Pandey. :rainbow

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  3. wow.....visitin ur blog after such a long tymmm....
    nice template i must say...
    n dabangg....yet to see it yaar...
    imagine not having comany for a movie like this!!
    i gues il go alone if sum1 doesnt agree in the nxt 2 days!
    totally enjoyed d pot!
    jealous at how much ul enjoyed the screening!
    love the idea of placin fonts at attractive places...whose idea?
    :P

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  4. waaooo ..seeems like u having a great time ... ur teasers remind me of the fun on friday mails that we keep sending across the team to move rocks and make them participate in the various fun activities !!!

    they were really nice !!
    splly the hostel elevator one :)

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  5. glad that u put me on ur blog roll :-)

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  6. @ Sweta: Definitely!! Almost every plex across India has seen the same! Such is the magic of Pandeyji. Definitely worth a revisit.

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  7. @ Dandelion: Thanks for the appreciation! It has sure been a long time since I posted.

    Dabangg is a must-watch. Hurry!

    Fonts..I make all the FLIX teasers, so my idea, obviously! :P

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  8. @ vicious: Thanks! (: Send across some friday mails. Let me have some fun as well (:

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  9. @ Shyam Sir: It kinda does sometimes. (:

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  10. I like your munni poster....errr....teaser!
    I even like Badnaam Munni more than Chulbul Pandey! Cause, wo "Amiya se Aam hui, MERE liye!". What did Chulbul Pandey do for me? :P
    And thanks for the follow man!
    About, the domain, I hope you read my blog bout it. Cause you can get some great discount offers from BigRock. Need help? Do let me know! :)

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  11. Titbits available....aye haye...macha dalaa bhai...masto post....

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  12. Wow! A movie beyond excellence, excellent screening experience and a nice post.

    Chulbul Pandey rocks.

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  13. @ Addy: Amiya se aam toh woh hum sab ke liye hui hai bhaisaheb!

    Thanks, man! I'll surely read the BigRock thing and will let you know if you need help.

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  14. haha, must have been awesome! i didn't want to see dabangg but my brother dragged me to watch it on Eid day and i've never had so much fun at a movie i guess. it was totally entertaining! and the part when the shirt rips and flies off...that was just classic. lol

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  15. thank ur brother profusely then!! What loss would it have been!

    The shirt ripping had applause that probably lasted for a minute in our hall!

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  16. Trust you to write such an entertaining account of a night to remember. I guess an OTT Salman with loads of attitude worked. And I absolutely LOVE the Munni badnaam number!

    Yet to watch the movie though.

    Btw what's a thanda paan?

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  17. kya chulbulahat hui hai! wah bhai wah...khatrnak teasers poore marketing ke funde laga rahey ho....cool....movie to shandar hai hi....

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  18. You created lots of suspense and hype here. Looks like I missed a real entertaining experience. Wish I could have stayed that day :(

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  19. Man this is one film to be watched with a large gathering of people. Powerful punchlines and good songs. Chahe munni badnaam ho ya fir Amiyaa se aam ho, the film has become a hit.
    Rightly said, Live Life XL size, nahi to kyaa jeena.......:)

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  20. Thank you, mam! (: OTT, but in a good way. Something like it's so bad, and intentional, that it's good. Do not miss the movie for the sky.

    Thanda paan is a paan kept in the refrigerator for a few hours.

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  21. @ Shourav: You really did, man! Ask Ashish who stayed for another day and attended the screening!

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  22. @ Abhishek: Haan bhai, fundey lagaane ke liye hi toh hotey hain!

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  23. @ Jay: Exactly! Large crowd of people who do not hesitate before expressing themselves, like in XL!

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  24. Oh so you had fun. Dabang ensured that, wherever screened. Nice read.

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  25. Wow..so its really 'da bangg'
    Haven't seen the movie yet,but reading all the stuff here,I think I will buy a ticket soon and watch it :)

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  26. Bang it is! Go watch it for your life...but you know what some of the 'punches' might get lost on you due to the language barrier (even subtitles wont be that effective: the classic case of loss in translation). But still, the movie will be double the worth of the ticket!

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  27. i missed the muvi
    i wish i cud hav watched it
    more dan dat,i wish i were in xlri to watch it.
    more dan d muvi,wanted to watch d crowd enjoying the muvi

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  28. Nice template. :)

    Home and arrow sign at the bottom of the template are cool.

    I haven't watch this movie.

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  29. wow that was fun to read....and the teaser amazing :)
    Saw dabangg with family and friends and it was worth the fun :)

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  30. I love the belt-belly gyrating dance of Salman!

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  31. @ Devil: Yes, you did! Koi na, Some other time!

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  32. hahaha thats right we always have this kinda activities on dialogue like " Dekhe.. kiske batashe kitne gol hai" thats awesome man....

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  33. Awesome movie-watching experience, haan? Good for you guys: the moments you'll miss when you work.

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  34. @ Mag[m]: We sure do!! Thanks! (:

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  35. Ud ud dabangg...kahan kahan se ched karenge!!!

    Awesome movie, awesome experience you guys...

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  36. Itne ched karenge...ekdum paisa vasul movi...great fun...dabang 2 bana bhaiii...

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  37. :D Banata hu bhai..kise lun, aamir ko?

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  38. Hud hud dabangg. I happend to see the picture a few days abck. The hype is so worth it. Rajinikanth can take a leak.

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  39. Rajini is nothing, absoltely nothing. Chulbul is the new God!

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