Nov 25, 2008

Street Movies During Ganesh Utsav

Mumbai has changed a lot over the years. Here's a memory of things when it used to be Bombay. It has to do with the street movies shown during Ganesh Utsav.

Public Ganesh Utsav till the 1980s meant that there would be movies shown on the streets. The film would be selected based on collective demand. Large, noisy projector, make shift screen built with scaffolding of bamboos. The screen was viewable from both the sides -- the wrong side was bit faded but who cared?

Ganesh Utsav was started to build the community spirit, and movies on the streets did their thing to help.

It would not work now. Now movies are available on a handheld device on demand and there is no novelty in watching movies on the streets. Funny movies like Padosan were always a hit, but scary movies like Woh Kaun Thi worked as well.

Do you remember?