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   And, for one more Saturday, a few stray thoughts... (August 11, 1986)

And, for one more Saturday, a few stray thoughts and a few general observations and a few points of view (all my own work).

Like this seems to be the appropriate time for the filmgoers to make their owe demands with the theatre-owners. They should insist that the cipemas should be clean, that the air-conditioning should be working at all times, that the blac-market in tickets, especially that indulged in by its own staff should stop. And they should tell the cinema-owners that only then will they the cinema again.

And it is true that a lot of cinema owners have been taking the public for granted, just as the film industry is being taken for granted by he government.

And whatever your views may be on the demands of the film industry, you have to admire Chief Minister Chavan for the withstood all pressure, including that from his own finance minister, Mr. Sushilkumar Shinde.

And I feel sorry for Mr. Shinde. With the arrival of Mr. Sharad Pawar, his chances or becoming a chief minister have further receded.

Like it is true that in politics all is fair and white, but I regret to say that I have very little respect for Mr. Sharad Pawar. And the same applies to Dr. Farooq Abdullah. And people who can sell their party can also sell their country.

Like when Mr. Rajiv Gandhi first, became prime minister, people said: He is new, let him learn his job, give him a chance. And when he completed one year, people said: “He has been prime minister for only one year, give him a chance. And when he has completed two years, people say: It is only two years, give the man a chance.

Like our Vikram Kamat is just one year old and he can walk, talk, climb on tables, eat with his own hands, sleep by himself, not cry. And nobody is saying he is just one year old, give him time.

Like in Delhi the winter must be just breaking in, in Bombay they are still bursting fire-crackers.

Like I am glad that at least in P.T. Usha’s case they have finally ralised that if the authorities want to express their appreciation, they do it with cash and not medals and empty speeches and audiences with VVIPs.

Like weekends are becoming difficult to go through with the video libraries closed.

And this final point of view:

That the difference between Delhi and Bombay is the difference between Abu Abraham and R.K. Laxman.

 
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