For the Love of Movies

The first movie me and Missus watched together in a cinema hall was 101 Dalmatians, by interval we discovered our love for dogs. The very next day I went and brought home a Dalmatian pup and named him Pluto, I am pretty sure this was the biggest factor in her deciding to marry me.

For the love of Movies

We would watch a lot of movies together, I would sleep with my head on her shoulder through the rom- coms and she would hold my hand tight during Hollywood action thrillers. The jury is still out what made my heart pump faster the action in the movie or the Missus holding my hand.

Our fondness for different kind of movies never came in between enjoying the movies together. Those were the good old days and we were both happy, thankfully god wanted us to be happier and came our Princess. Now things became a little tricky and almost for first 6 months after her birth we decided not to watch any movies as the loud sound in theater was not good for her delicate ears.

But since both of us are movie buffs we started planning on going to movies again. We tried a lot of things leave the kiddo with maid; take the maid with us. But normally the maid would watch the movie while missus will immediately take the baby out of the theater to avoid disturbance to others. I will follow her to avoid watching movie with the maid. So the maid enjoyed the movie while both of us attended to the kiddo who has special powers to scream just before a major twist in story was about to unfold.

So this idea of taking maid with us also flopped, and we would switch turns to take the kid out when she wanted to test her vocal chords. Once home we will exchange notes and update each other on the missed part by the other, I am pretty sure we are not the only couple who have a long list of half watched movies.

Kids grow fast and soon princess metamorphosed into beautiful 5 year old, now another kind of movies entered our life i.e. animation movies. Initially both of us enjoyed the roar of the lion king but how many times one can watch an animation movie. Not even a kid can explain why she wants to watch the same movie 3rd time. May be that is the reason somebody invented DVD player.

Those of you who are familiar with Gurgaon will know that it is full of malls and besides going to mall there is absolutely nothing to do in the millennium city. Soon I came with an idea that we follow till date. As most of the multiplexes have many movies simultaneously we keep an eye on show timings and whenever there are movies that all of us can watch we go together as a family.

There are times when I will go and watch an animation with the kid and Missus will go to the spa in the mall or go for shopping (same effect on her complexion as visit to spa). On other occasions, she will watch the animation with the kids and I will watch a Hollywood action thriller in next Audi, then we will have dinner together in the food court. This keeps everybody happy the kids get there dose of animation, the Mom her own time to do shopping or visit to spa, and dad can watch action thriller without having to explain the many uses of tomato ketchup. We continue to maintain this arrangement till date when we have two daughters. I have actually taken a whole battalion of our kids and their cousins to movies when relatives visit while the mothers catch-up.

When people come to know about this arrangement of ours they are surprised and they make all kind of comments from –You are spoiling the kids with bowing down to their demands, to what kind of couple you are that do not watch movies together (we do on DVDs but still love going to multiplexes for our dose of big screen experience).

We have now become immune to these comments as our little arrangement works for us and keeps everybody happy. I guess the space we give to each other actually strengthens our bond and makes us a stronger family. Touch wood!

Disclaimer: Desi Traveler owns stocks in multiplex companies. πŸ™‚

Sasha and Prasad Np are proud parents of 2 girls whom they fondly call Princess (11 yrs in Feb 13) and Pinkette (4 yrs next month). He wears many hats after taking a break from being corner office critter for a long time. He is now entrepreneur, blogger, photographer, traveler and an investor in startups with unique concepts. He blogs at Desi Traveler, and can be reached at Facebook and Twitter.

  • Sirisha

    I always used to be very mad at parents with crying babies in movie theatres! So I always dread being on the other side.. I haven’t yet taken the two year old to the movies and won’t do so for a long time to come!

    • Hi Sirisha… I can totally understand…., try going to a kids animation movie and there will be 10s of kids giving company to yours πŸ™‚


  • chattywren

    Lol, the idea of taking the maid to the movies is hilarious! I can count on my fingertips the number of times I’ve gone to see a movie after the kids:(

    • Hi Chattywren…. It did not worked, the maid watched more movie than us…. but we continued to try πŸ™‚


  • Haha .. Hilarious account of maid enjoying the movie .. πŸ˜€

    I remember the time when we left behind our freshly vaccinated 4 months old, with her granny, to watch Harry Potter … I and my hubby are both Harry Potter fanatics …
    Now my kiddo is 3.5yrs old .. and we usually plan a night show … We put our kiddo to sleep and then go out for a movie … needless to say the next morning we are up at 7AM with kiddo and we both are cranky the whole day πŸ™

    • Hi Divya…. We all try to adjust our lives around kids… thanks for giving another idea πŸ™‚

  • hahahha!! Totally relate to having the tomato ketchup use explained!!!

    • Thanks… well that was the easy part…, explaining all the cuss words is very tough… you don’t have a remote in the cinema hall πŸ™

  • Interesting read Desi Read! The maid incident was indeed hilarious!

    • Thanks Swati….I am not sure about the kids but we did had a very pampered maid πŸ™‚

  • we’ve been lucky in that respect. son used to sleep through from 2 months even through the loudest of noises and daughter followed suit πŸ™‚
    now, we follow an almost similar pattern as you – father and son watched action fliks together, I take them for the animation types and we all g together for movies that all of us would love alike πŸ™‚

    • Hi Bindu….. I am sure slowly all families adjust to the pattern kids are comfortable with…as they take priority. Enjoy the movies…


  • The ‘maid’ anecdote was hilarious πŸ™‚ My son is 16 months right now and we have not taken him to the theatr yet and don’t plan to do so for a while. I think we will survive. For quite sometime, we thought an enclosed space would not be healthy for a tiny baby plus the loud noise, etc, etc. Of course, we will take him to the theatre but afte a couple of years when he starts enjoying the movies.
    About us, well, I have seen exactly 3 movies in last 18-20 months (actually watched all 3 in last 3 months with a friend), without the hubby. He isn’t a movie hall buff. Ye bhi ek phase hai πŸ™‚

    • Hi Reema… no wonder the baby becomes the center of universe for a mom…, loud sounds are a big problem for babies.
      Thank god for DVD players… πŸ™‚