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A Pilgrimage to Hamburg- The Journey

While in Heidelberg with my sister, I spent almost two
dizzying days which can only be described as a fortunate chance encounter that
turned into a very memorable journey.  To
get things into context, I’ll clear one thing, that is: that I watch a lot of
movies and have been, for a year, trying my hand at writing film scripts. And
this post is about that chance encounter with my favourite director (who the
right side of my brain is completely inspired by). It’s a rather long and
detailed account of the two days so I’ll split it into two posts. Stay tuned
for it. Here it goes:

Hamburg Hauptbahnhof, Hamburg, Germany
2:49 am
July 13, 2012

someone would have told me, a mere 30 hours ago, what was going to happen next,
I would have told them to go quit joking with me. It’s something I really had
never imagined happening. Well that’s not entirely true. But not like this.
Not this soon.

the evening of 11 July, I was sitting, bored, in my sister’s room in
Heidelberg. While multitasking between writing, listening to music, answering
messages, and sporadically averting my eyes to Twitter, I got wind of the fact
that ANURAG KASHYAP was in Hamburg for the SCREENING OF
HIS NEW EPIC (and I use this word in the most sincere way possible) FILM GANGS OF WASSEYPUR!

those who know me know what I think of Anurag Kashyap and what he means to me.
I could write an entire book on the inspiration, influences and, unintentional
teachings he has given me. But I guess that will become clearer with this blog.

as I was saying, after finding out that Mr. Kashyap himself would be screening
a film I had been waiting to watch for aaaaaages, I instantly wrote to him on
Twitter to find out if the screening was private or public. Heck, public or
private, I started scheming ways to get to Hamburg from Heidelberg (only 700km away). Trains? Freaking 234
Euros for a round trip! I was still considering it. Hitchhike? I was just about
to check for a hitchhike online when the man himself replied and said
‘ get to see both parts[of the film]’. I was expecting to be woken up
any second. This was not happening.

instantly called up my sister who was still at work and managed to blur out, in
between bouts of hyperventilation, ‘Akurag Kashyap….Twitter… Hamburg…
TOMORROW….NEED TO GO!’. She got back home and saw for herself, and then
proceeded to give me a lecture on how it was not feasible and expensive. Damn,
why do I always have to be broke? She tried to help but 234 Euros was out of
the question! I texted 7 different people (at 1am) who I found online
who were driving to Hamburg the next day, hoping that someone would have a seat left. I tried to
sleep it off and just carry on with my shit the next morning. But as I had
guessed, sleep was out of the question.

out of bed at 9, hazy and on autopilot (no sleep) and proceeded to take a
shower and get ready anyway. Just in case. And then, one guy replied! He was
leaving from Frankfurt at 1 pm. Film screening was at 7 pm. Perfect!

tried to hurriedly explain to my sister in every way possible and she
understood. And like always, ‘lent’ me some money. As I was hurrying out the
door, she shoved crackers and some cake she had baked in my bag so I’d
have something to eat. I love you Zainab. Really.

a train to Frankfurt station and met my ride there. No hello, the first thing I
ended up asking ‘Can we make it by 7?’. No problem. Though, on the way it
rained cats and dogs and every time the speed dial went from 140kmph to 80kmph
I chewed off more of my fingernails. He asked me a few times, quite puzzled, if
I was actually going all the way to Hamburg to watch a damn film. I just smiled
in reply.

starts at 7, I reach the city at 6:30. Not bad. Then, the damn urban traffic
hits us! It would have been faster to just walk there. So, I got out of the
car, and started sprinting across the city. Ten minutes later, I realized I had
no idea where I was going. I started asking random people on the street if they
knew where the place was. No. Damn. One guy! My watch said 6:55. Ran faster.
Made it to the place, almost fell over the ticket counter. Panting. ‘Indian
film… Gangs of… has it star..’. Not yet. YES. Made my way down 2 flights of
stairs to the auditorium. Entered.


On the way to Hamburg                                         The Information  board outside the Theater


tuned for 
the rest!





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