Cinema Through My Aviators ft. RayBan

WhatsApp Image 2017-07-27 at 8.32.47 PMRihaan, 12
Ejipura, Bangalore

He parked his bike and shyly walkde over to his ‘brother’, Shabaaz – the shopkeeper.

“Dekho vahaan photo ke paas!”
Look at the camera there – his brother tells him.

The black aviators looked too large on his innocent 12 year old face. But when he posed, he rivelled his favorite star – Baahubali.

“Bol re!” – Shabaaz urges Rihaan on with an amused expression.

“Mughe Baahubali accha lagta haii. Uska stunts aur body accha haii. Voh jab apna ma ko eleephant se bachata hai, uska scene bahut achha haii.”
I like Baahubali. The stunts and the actors body are very nice. Especially the scene where he saves his mum’s oath from breaking due to an elephant coming her way, it was very brave.

“Rihaan, Baahubali jaisa pose de.” – we asked him.
Rihaan, give us a pose like Baahubali.

“Yeh accha haii?”
Is this good? – he replied enthusiastically.


WhatsApp Image 2017-07-27 at 8.32.44 PMUmesh, 22
Shivajinagar Bus Stand, Bangalore

“Yeh stand pe 2 saal se hai.”
When asked he sturggled with the language gap. But his coconut stand neighbour walked over and gave us an enthused smile before translating for us all.

“Mera Yajmaan hai. Darshan. Kannada actor. Uska first time theatre mein dekha, Majestic mein.”
My favorite actor is Darshan, a Kannada actor. I saw his movie for the first time at a theatre in Majestic.

“Girlfriend nahi!!” – he said shaking his hands profusely.

“Dost ke saath. Uska body, fighting star hai. Blockbuster filum!”
I went with my friends. His body is like a fighting star. All his movies are blockbusters!

As he struck a pose for us, his neighbor friends started giving him the proper hoots a star deserves. Those aviators really made him feel like Darshan, if only for a moment.



WhatsApp Image 2017-07-24 at 10.40.26 PMAnsal Khan, 50
Chandini Chowk, Majestic

Matching the vinatge and worn backdrop, he sidled down the street, angarkha on his shoulder. Upon greeting he smiled like a grandpa and took us into his time of cinema.

“Salman khan. Filum uska Dabangg dekha, Bajrangi dekha.” – he gave a hard thumbs up while saying.

“Theatre ko bees saal ho gaya. Upasana jaata tha, udhar ab bandh ho gaya”
It’s been 20 years since the theatre Upasana shut down. I used to go there when i was young. – he said with a reminiscent look in his eyes, and a smile on his face.

“Mein ab family ke saath dekhta hoon.”
Now I watch with my family, my grandchildren at home.



WhatsApp Image 2017-07-27 at 8.32.43 PMMohammed Rafique, 60
Chandini Chowk, Majestic

His shirt spoke for itself, becoming a testament to his profession – a mechanic. He wore it with pride, just like his love for an old time cinema legend.

“Dharmeder ka koi sa bhi film. Sholay, Yaadon ki Baarat. Sab mein uska acting bahut mast hai. Aiisa ab actor kaam hi milta hai. Voh shtyle.”
Any of Dharmender’s films. Sholay, Yaadon ki Baraat. He’s acted so ell in them all. You don’t see that level of actor that much these days, with that style.

Sholay was an iconic film of the time, and still is. It is an action adventure that is greatly insoired by Western conventions and is the definition of a masala film, complete with dialogues and characters worth remembering.

Rubbing his grease filled hands on his even greasier shirt, he carefully took the aviators and placed them on his face. And he gave the straight-backed and confident pose that he was sure Dharmender would be proud of.



WhatsApp Image 2017-07-27 at 8.32.45 PMMageshwari, 35
HSR, Bangalore

“Ah, Tamil!”
Finally, Tamil. I only understand Tamil.
“Istuvardhana. Kanna actor. Uska peci, makkalukkaga, comedy.”
Ishtuvardhana is my favorite. A Kannada actor. The way he talks, the social activities he does and his comedy are great.

“Rombu naale. Vittil parthhen. Enakku 5 vayatu.”
Its been 30 years. I watched him for the first time at home, on my TV when I was 5 years old.

He made such an impact on her. Her hair was eye catching, being done in a way none of us had seen before. She clarified that there are a certain sect of people who wear it like that.

“Prema. Ellammasami torram.”
The movie Prema, also Ishtuvardhana’s film, shows the origin of my sect of people. You can see people wearing their hair like mine in that film.

“Haandi aali murikyon!”
Get your hands off that fruit! – she reminded us, and then got back to singing a title song from her favorite actor’s movie.


Writing | Stuti Srivastava
Photography | Rahul Rio
Direction | Mani Shankar Singh

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