I always wondered why people go all fussy when they sight a celebrity. Even the very thought of getting autographs sounded so crazy and idiotic. Mostly because i never had a chance to meet anyone famous. And the voodoo got broken last saturday. Now i too can blab my head off, having had a lucky chance to meet the famous blog celebrities 'Thala' and 'Zeno'.
The plan was to meet for lunch and then to watch 'Nanban' movie at Sathyam. It went exactly as planned right from the word go..for both Zeno and Thala. Ofcourse..namma case thaan oor arinja vishayam aachay. I arrived dot at 1.40 for a 12.30 scheduled meeting. I guess being on time or atleast anywhere near the accepted timeline is something i will never be able to adhere to. Not a virtue i am very proud of but more of a self confessed crime. True to the nature by which they are known in Blogsville, both were very nice and polite and humble. It was then i realised, why people do all those antics when amidst celebrities. Your mind gets so nervous and tense that, words simply doesnt come out coherently. Even though thats the way i sound on normal circumstances, this time i was extra incoherent :) Poor Mr.Zeno bore the brunt of it. How much ever he tried to explain his job profile to me, which i really tried to understand, i couldnt quite get through beyond the first few words of what he said. In the end he gave up and it was decided that he is employed and has a job and we left it at that. Thala, who was patiently watching the conversation, ended up realising how lucky he was that the question was not posed to him. I guess, i would have ended up with not just the plate of noodles but also the plate on my head if i had pestered any further :)
Then came the movie. No. Before that came the question. I asked Thala, with all innocence, which was the last movie he saw in theater. To which he replied, he couldnt quite remember it for it was like a zillion years before he last saw one. (Zillion isikoltu 31 to be precise). For the passerbys it might have resembled a gangplank left unattended, but it took a while for my dropped jaw to close. 2 movies in 31 years!!! That was something unimaginable to my pea brain and i kept repeating it. If Zeno was taken aback, he did a good job of not showing it. Before i could dwell more on it, the movie began. Unfortunately for Thala, it took almost half an hour for the heroine to make an appearance and the wait turned into shock the moment the dance/song began. Poor Thala. He couldnt quite figure out why tamil movie had phoren dancers for doing bhangra dance steps in belly dancers costume. Valid question. Invalid situation :) Oh..One word on the movie. It made me realise the futility of remaking a movie, line by line. Nanban turned out to be a translation of 3 Idiots, rather than a remake adapted to local sensibilities. The meet ended with Thala taking leave, or taking off rather, having survived the mental onslaught in the name of movie.
The best part about any blog meet is that, you never feel its the first time you are meeting that person at all. Its always almost as if, the way you visualise the person through their words and the way they appear in person matches exact. It was the same emotion that ran through my mind while talking with Zeno post the movie. It was as if i was meeting a long lost friend. It was interesting to note that we shared quite a few common taste when it came to movie/series watching and promised to share the loot when we meet next. Though the movie might not have played a major role, it did turn out to be an incredible movie watch and one worth remembering.