After class on Thursday we went out with some students again to see Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows at a new mall Ahmedabad has constructed. It reminded me a lot of the Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, Wisc. It was a little too American for me – going to a mall, seeing an English movie – but nonetheless it was still enjoyable. There were differences though, security screenings at the entrance to a movie, and an intermission during the movie? I have never experienced that before, it was a movie screening done India’s way.

At the entrance of the movie theatre complex there were two men and a woman standing behind two metal detectors. Kajri, Sneha and I walked through them and a woman signaled us to the side where there was a separate booth with a curtain where the woman patted us down and bags were searched. She said something about my camera and I started replying in Spanish…. WRONG COUNTRY, ANDREA. Sneha came in and explained what it was and that I was not going to take photos. She had some girls keep their bags outside in lockers because they thought they would steal things, I was able to keep mine. I must look innocent, an accurate statement in my opinion.

When we entered the theater we were ushered to a designated area and we all sat down. I was between Jen and Shiamak. Jen bought popcorn that had a great combination of caramel and cheese popcorn, the cost? One U.S. dollar and it was the equivalent of what the American movie theaters designate as a large. Was it a deal? Heck yes. Shiamak, Jen and I all shared the popcorn and needless to say, Jen was full and didn’t want dinner because she ate the majority of it. She was hungry!

At the very beginning Sushmita, Kajri and the other girls screamed, hooted and hollered at the sight of Robert Downey Jr., Sherlock Holmes, and his dreamy face. They could not get enough of him. I personally prefer Jude Law who plays Dr. Watson….

Halfway through the movie during an intense action scene between and Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. the screen goes black and the lights come on. I was very confused. The first thought that came into my head was, Did we only pay for half of the movie…? I moved around in my seat seeing people getting up, including the students we were with and I could not understand what was going on. Shiamak finally said that this is normal in India, especially when viewing Hindi movies because they are generally three hours long. I was thrown through a loop but it makes sense. People don’t want to miss part of the movie for a refill on their drink or popcorn or a bathroom break. The intermission is perfectly logical and I think the U.S. should adopt it ASAP because this way I’m sure to not miss anything because I need to use the ladies room. When the show resumed all was back to normal with a few more screams and then silence. If I were a film critic I would say what was good and what was bad and how well the acting was in great detail but for now while I’m not a film critic I’ll just say it was a good movie in a mall that reminds me of being at home, but was fun because I was with friends enjoying great group of people.

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    Andrea is a recent graduate from the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University with a double major in journalism and Spanish.

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