Can cinema come back?
Like many other die hard hopefuls, when King Kong hit our “big screen” very shortly after its worldwise premiere, I joined the crowds to go see it, 9-12 wala show. Having chosen (unfortunately or not) a Thursday, I did not expect too much rowdiness but nor did I expect a full house.
Even though there were the usual catcalls and hooting, that did not bother me as much as the lack of consideration people exhibited for each other. People who brough in 7 month old babies for a 9-12 show and a variety of kids aged 4-8 who isistently scremed for the “bandar” to come on stage. And anyone who has seen the movie will know that the monkey does not appear till almost halfway down the scenario. Other than that there was the fact that people sitting behind me translated the movie into urdu for their partners loudly. Thats what the urdu show would be there for, I think. Funny thing is that everyone acted like they were the ones who bought the ticket and were hence allowed to do as they will, whether it meant standing with the door open to shush a crying child or to stand and shout for the popcorn wala.
Someone once said that Karachi has the least bit of community sense in all of Pakistan. Sadly I agreed.
I’m a frequent cinema-goer, Pakistani and otherwise. I love the experience contrary to what my recounting might be and I see good things happening. Maybe it’s all about traning then and as it becomes more common to show more movies, people will learn the etiquette too. Here’s hoping!