I spent 4 long years of my life in a small town called Loni where Iwas studying medicine. Watching movies in Loni is quite an experience. To fill you in about Loni..its a very small village in Ahmednagar district. Its 30 mins away from Shirdi.
So we all decided to watch a movie..”Lakshya” We had heard about theatres in loni but had never watched a movie in Loni before. We got all dressed up (So what if its dark in the theatre..looking good for a movie is very important!) And we entered the small gully where we knew the theatre was. It was a long lane. Along with us were a couple of goats, dogs and hens with their chicks. But our enthusiasm was with us all along!! Then we saw the theatre (Finally!!).
“Lakshya chal rahee hai na?” we asked the guy who looked like the theatre owner
“Haan..lekin demand show hai, isliye 20 rupaye ticket hain” The usual rates are Rs.10/-
“Theek hai….” we gave him the money. We were waiting for a ticket.
“Ticket wagera nahi hain…kaise bhi baith jao”–Shock no 1
What we saw inside was something I will never forget.There was a large screen….10 feet*15 feet wide. 10 feet away fromthe screen was the “seating” which consisted of 10 rows of wooden benches, each large enough to seat 7 people.–Shock no 2
“Arrey yeh to Anatomy Hall ke discarded benches Lagte hain” I told my friends who were just as shocked as I was. We made ourselves “comfortable” and settled down. Later some more people came and since the benches seemed full they settled on the floor.The movie began. It was an obviously pirated CD playing Pakistani Ads every 20-30 mins. The ads were too funny. The best we liked was “Chintoo candy”. Most ads had jingles based on the tunes of Hindi movies of the 90s. The CD quality was poor. The movie was nice though.
Later after the movie
“Kaisi lagee movie” my friend Pragati asked everyone
“Its nice yaar” Aditi said
“Uh..hmnn..guys by the way tum logonko wo kuch last scenes samajh me aayakyaa…?” I sheepishly asked everyone.
“The ones in which Hritik was trying to climb the mountains? Nahi yaar wasn’t it too dark? I think there was 15 minutes of just continuous darkness!!!!” Pragati”
Thank God, I thought I needed new glasses”..me
Later when I saw the movie again I realised that was the hallmark ofthe movie!!!!Later many theatres cropped up in and around Loni. But the aditya experience was unbeatable.