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For Rs10 a film, India’s Underclass in Delhi gets their daily dose of Bollywood

Under the bridge blankets are hung to create walls to block out sunlight. Homemade tickets are used, and seats can be chosen based on where you want to view the movie

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After a hard day's work. Image source: (Reuters/Cathal McNaughton)
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  • Under the bridge, underclass people hang blankets to create walls for the theatre and to block out sunlight
  • Tickets here are sold for Rs 10 ($0.15) per movie
  • An old television set is placed in the front, and the crowds settle in

In many cultures movies are a way to escape from reality. They can showcase hardship and victory, the supernatural or death. Whatever it is, the viewer becomes engrossed in the film. They start feeling for the characters, and rooting for them to win; forgetting about their own life struggles in that moment of time. With the inflation of movie ticket prices, it becomes harder and harder for everyone to find the escape a movie provides; this is the case for India’s underclass.

Homemade tickets lie on a table at the makeshift cinema. Image source: (Reuters/Cathal McNaughton)
Homemade tickets lie on a table at the makeshift cinema. Image source: (Reuters/Cathal McNaughton)

For those who can barely make ends meet, a movie ticket sold at Rs400 ($5.95) is a luxury they must forgo. Cue the pop up of makeshift theaters. One example of this new type of theater can be found under a 140 year old bridge. Located in the old quarters of New Delhi, the theater attracts many people who have spent their day working hard. Tickets here are sold for the lower sum of Rs10 ($0.15).

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A passenger train makes its way over the bridge that houses the makeshift cinema. Image source: (Reuters/Cathal McNaughton)
A passenger train makes its way over the bridge that houses the makeshift cinema. Image source: (Reuters/Cathal McNaughton)

Under the bridge blankets are hung to create walls to block out sunlight. Homemade tickets are used, and seats can be chosen based on where you want to view the movie; just like the real theaters. An old television set is placed in the front, and the crowds settle in. After a long day of work this seems like the ideal place to unwind. Some of the crowd can not help but dose off into a restful sleep, while others can not take their eyes off of the screen.

Patrons can sit or even lie down while watching movies.Image source: (Reuters/Cathal McNaughton)
Patrons can sit or even lie down while watching movies.Image source: (Reuters/Cathal McNaughton)

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One member of the crowd, Mohammad Noor Islam spoke to Reuters Television. It is not hard to agree with him as he was quoted saying, “Films are much better. Many men get hooked on gambling, drugs and alcohol and they pass their time by drinking or smoking.”

One-man show. Image source: (Reuters/Cathal McNaughton)
One-man show. Image source: (Reuters/Cathal McNaughton)

Under the bridge is a safe haven. The laborers can find relief from the scorching heat, and distractions from their daily lives. At the low price of Rs 10, a one hundredth of the cost of an actual theatre ticket, movies are watched and enjoyed by many.

-by Abigail Andrea, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter @abby_kono

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‘Remixed songs are looked down upon’

During the press meet, they were also asked about their opinion on the trend of the remixed version of some of the cult songs that have been used in Bollywood films

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The trailer launch of the show is set to celebrate the recreated version of some of the cult songs of Bollywood.
The trailer launch of the show is set to celebrate the recreated version of some of the cult songs of Bollywood.

Singer Sunidhi Chauhan, music director Amit Trivedi and DJ Nucleya — judges of the upcoming digital music show ‘The Remix’, said remixed songs are never given its due respect.

They were present at the trailer launch of the show which is set to celebrate the recreated version of some of the cult songs of Bollywood, here on Wednesday night.

They said through ‘The Remix’ — the first ever OTT musical show on Amazon Prime Video India Original — they are going to give the remixed songs its due respect.

During the press meet, they were also asked about their opinion on the trend of the remixed version of some of the cult songs that have been used in Bollywood films.

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Amit told media: “As a creative person, we feel it is sad that in Bollywood, a lot of remixed songs are happening. As a composer, we really do not want to touch a composition and work on that because that cult song is a vision of the composer.

“In film format, we do not get enough freedom to recreate the song. And the remix songs are not well respected.”

Agreeing upon the point Nucleya said: “The process of remix a song has been looking down upon because mostly the process has not been given enough attention. Re-creating a song is a beautiful process and that is why in this show we have given a format to all the participants who are creating a new version of the song.”

According to Sunidhi, a remixed version of a song could be a beautiful one, if done tastefully.
According to Sunidhi, a remixed version of a song could be a beautiful one, if done tastefully. Wikimedia Commons

According to Sunidhi, a remixed version of a song could be a beautiful one, if done tastefully.

She said: “Even in the recent release of remix songs in Bollywood, I liked some of them, some, I did not. The problem is the term ‘remix’ is used very loosely.”

“Therefore, in our show, all the participants are given chance to make the song sound new and fresh by re-imagining it, changing the musical arrangement and re-create the song.”

Also Read: List Of Best Arijit Singh Songs

However, Amit added: “I think no composer and singer would be interested to do a remix song in Bollywood, that is mainly the demand of producers and music labels; if we are part of the project, we are just doing our job. So I think the question should be asked of the music companies and producers.”

‘The Remix’ will have 10-episodes and will start streaming on Amazon from March 9. (IANS)