Sunday, 17 August 2014

@Cinemawaali's #100filmydays Challenge!

Being a cinema lover, a movie buff or an enthusiastic cinema goer was not enough. There was a need to understand cinema by adopting a dedicated idea towards the same. That is when Farhat (@juzinquistive) who was following the #100happydays exercise popped the idea of #100filmydays. And yes, I was sold to it! So Farhat, Parichay (@parichaymehta) and I, signed up for the #100filmydays challenge.

-100 films to be watched in 100 days.
- At least 70 unwatched films and 30 repeats was the set ratio.

And the challenge began! We were not to watch a film a day necessarily, but to watch 100 films in 100 days was the target. Yes, this was the most interesting challenge set, more than anyone for myself.  I was enthusiastic about watching films which were long due on my watch list but I hadn’t watched before.  And then the window of 30 repeat films was left to give the space for re watching a film which makes you happy to lift your spirits.

"You’d be surprised to see names like Swades, Andaz Apna Apna, Deewana, and many more on the list. But this list also includes those many films that I had watched only a part of while channel surfing. With this challenge I also watched those special films from the beginning to the end roll credits for the first time.  And then, there are also some really trashy names like The Xpose, Gunda, etc. Take my word; there is a lot that a bad film can teach you. A LOT. Plus, it’s always fun to enjoy trashy stuff too!"

Here’s a list of my 100 films watched during the #100filmydays challenge:

1.    In Pursuit of Happyness
2.    Breakfast At Tiffany’s
3.    Jolly LLB
4.    Malegaon Ka Superman
5.    Chashme Buddoor (Old)
6.    Andaz Apna Apna
7.    The Amazing Spiderman 2
8.    Ghost Writer
9.    Kaagaz Ke Phool
10. Zero Dark Thirty
11. The Little Black Book
12. Ragini MMS
13. Ek Duje Ke Liye
14. Revolver Rani 
15. The Truman Show
16. Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (Repeat)
17. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
18. IPS Vishwa Pratap Singh
19. The Bridge To Terrabithia
20. City Lights
21. Bridget Jone’s Diary
22. The Purge
23. Heropanti
24. Choti si Baat
25. Lost in Translation
26. Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman
27. Edge of Tomorrow
28. Satya 2
29. Samrat & Co.
30. The Towering Inferno
31. The Beach
32. Filmistaan
33. The Xpose
34. Holiday
35. Mere Dad Ki Maruti
36. The Internship
37. Hotel Transylvania
38. Saving Mr. Banks
39. Deewana
40. Abraham Lincoln and the Vampire Slayer
41. Maleficient
42. Sirf Tum
43. Devil Wears Prada
44. Pancham
45. Yes Man
46. Transformers: Age of Extinction
47. The Grand Budapest Hotel
48. Sex And The City
49. Sex And The City 2
50. Bobby Jasoos
51. Chaudhavi Ka Chand
52. Balak Palak
53. Bride Wars
54. Rocket Singh: Salesman of The Year
55. Hawaa Hawaai
56. The Fault In Our Stars
57. The Message
58. Maqbool
59. Khosla Ka Ghosla
60. Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya
61. Ek Villain
62.  We’re The Millers
63. Shree 420 (Repeat)
64. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (Repeat)
65. Masoom
66. Youngistaan
67. Kanoon
68. 15 Park Avenue
69. My Fake Fiance
70. Aaye Din Bahar Ke
71. An Evening In Paris
72. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (Repeat)
73. Khoobsurat
74. Saare Jahan Se Mehenga
75.  Aaye Din Bahar Ke
76. Heera Panna
77. Sujata
78. Salt
79. Jab We Met (Repeat)
80. Tomorrow Never Dies
81. Troy
82. The Amazing Spiderman
83. Dharam Veer (Repeat)
84. Kung Fu Panda
85. Around The World In 80 Days
86. Yeh Dillagi
87. Lai Bhaari
88. The Roman War Machine
89. Yuva
90. Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (Repeat)
91. Bhoot Bangla
92. Tere Mere Sapne
93. Swades
94. Kaalia
95. Delhi 6
96. Cinema Paradiso
97. Argo
98. Saaransh
99. Making of The Mahatma
100.              Prometheus
101.              Gunda

Many films on my watch list still remain untouched. But I’m glad that I completed the challenge and have developed a further sense of regularity towards watching films. Also, films in various languages- Hindi, English, Marathi, French, Korean were watched. This helped in removing linguistic barriers from the cinematic experience. Nothing better than worshipping your dreams, isn’t it?

And now I shall watch more films (which definitely includes Harry Potter and Lord Of The Rings marathon). But what is defining of this challenge is the lesson turning into a belief.

“There is nothing like cinema. It swaps your worlds; it teaches you the unthinkable, reinstates faith, amazes you with the impossible and takes you through an extremely different journey of life. And if you look through the still waters, you’d know that more than reflecting or emulating life, cinema teaches you about life and beyond.”

Stay filmy! Stay happy! :)

PS. One of the best part of this challenge was, the regular twitter updates on the films being watched inspired even more people to take up the #100filmydays challenge. Yes, you can take it too, by starting this very moment.

As for me, I might return with #100filmydays Version2 soon!

Parampara (@cinemawaali)

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