Cinema Originals Monthly Roundup #1

Roundup #1
Jan-Feb 2017
Titles bought – 83


It’s been two months since I started “Project Originals” and as part of that “Cinema Originals“.. Since this is the first “roundup” I’m writing, I’ll be talking about the purchases I’ve made till date. Going forward, these roundups will be a monthly affair and doing so would help me track my performance and share the same with my readers.

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Among the DVDs that I’ve purchased before I envisioned this project, Rang De Basanti and Sarfarosh are favorites. The Rang De Basanti disc that I own now is my third, the previous two I’ve lost. All these DVDs were released by Moser Baer.

Although I announced Cinema Originals on 23rd Jan, I did it after purchasing my first set of DVDs in a long time. Among the prized possessions in this lot are 4 DVDs belonging to NFDC’sCinemas of India‘ collection. The movies include Galige (Kannada), Salaam Bombay!, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro and Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro. I was elated to find a set of 40+ DVDs belonging to ‘Cinemas of India‘ in the street-side store I visited in Malleswaram, Bangalore last month. However, I was able to buy only 4 of them considering I had to buy other stuff.

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The other ‘stuff’ includes my favorites like Khosla Ka Ghosla and Lucia. Oh it does include a movie I haven’t watched yet but was recommended by a person I know – Dhanak by Nagesh Kukunoor.

In the first week of February I attended the 9th Bengaluru International Film Festival. ‘Total Kannada‘, a DVD store located in Jayanagar, Bengaluru, sells rare DVDs of Kannada movies at the venue of the film festival. Every year, I used to make a resolve that I’d buy some DVDs from them, but never did. So this time, I had held off a big 50+ DVD purchase from Amazon/Flipkart in order to save for this one.

I was able to buy some of the best Kannada movies which one cannot find anywhere online. The only place you get to watch these movies is Doordarshan’s TV channels. In a lifetime you can only watch a handful of movies on TV, though. I bought mostly regular award-winning art movies but some of my personal favorites include Atithi, Ulidavaru Kandante (happy to see that DVD), Om and Kendasampige.

I did purchase a few from Amazon and Flipkart. Of this lot, some of the best stuff I now have include Haider, Ugly, Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana (awww! I love this one!), Just Math Mathalli, Oggarane, Aa Dinagalu, Amanush and Aamir.

My cheapest purchase ever is now a movie titled Deewana Main Deewana starring Govinda and Priyanka Chopra. I never knew such a movie existed. I got the DVD on Amazon for a paltry Rs 7/-. The costliest single title is Haider which cost me Rs 650/- given that it’s a Blu-Ray Disc. Incidentally, that happens to be my first blu-ray purchase too.

I also happened to find 3 Indie English movies from India – Frozen, John & Jane and Ocean of an Old Man. Such titles are extremely rare to find and I’m super-excited to watch these.

Oh, there was that another purchase in January I forgot to mention (sic). This one purchase cost me a whopping 1800 bucks! But it’s totally worth it! I’m proud I was able to lay my hands on this last stock available at that store in Malleswaram.

The Godfather I, II & III – The Coppola Restoration Collector’s Edition.


List of movies I own can be browsed on Cinema Originals page.

Click to read the previous blog on Cinema Originals.

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