Last night, I got to spend some quality time with the 'girls'. Booze, Kiran and I saw the highly acclaimed movie, Crash which has won itself a string of Oscar nominations. When a movie is spoken about to a great extent, your expectations mar the experience of enjoying the movie for all that it is. Once again, Crash proved that audiences are a tad bit more intelligent that producers and marketers are willing to give them credit for. True, the screen hall was more empty than full, but the few people who did show up were transported to an alternate world - a world that was more real than reel. With an underlying theme like racism, I was skeptical as to how the film makers would have approached the script any differently from what we've seen before. I must admit, I love it when I'm pleasantly surprised. Power packed performances that laid to rest my theory of expectations. Slick editing that lent the film a beautiful, seemless flow. Pay offs that were placed with great meaning and most importantly, a script that stayed true. I must also make a mention of the presentation of credits which was superb! I could go on about everything that one must watch Crash for, but I'll stop here and urge anyone reading this to simply go and watch it.
P.S.: While the movie was all about America, the girls and I discussed how racism is more than prevalent in India. Something for all of us to chew on, to digest the prejudices and spit out the fanaticism.