Myself Kamalamma from Udupi.
What to tell you, one new picture is releasing in 108 Indian languages and whole world is talking about it. Okay, I don’t know about whole world but all women from my WhatsApp groups are seeing it and then they are saying Aiyyo Kamalamma, you have not yet seen Pushpa and they are putting one sad emoji.
I am not liking this one bit so I am telling the Mister, let us also watch this movie. Then I am getting bright idea to call our neighbour Pushpa from same colony. I am telling her you have same to same name and maybe it is story about woman called Pushpa and she is all excited because she will now become famous, at least in our colony.
Then I am making onion bhaje with khara khara chutney and like this we are preparing to see Pushpa – the Rise. Whether Pushpa in film is rising or not, in our house, immediately after onion pakodas are finished, the Mister is rising from sofa and moving towards the door, and disappearing.
Only Kamalamma and Pushpakka are left on sofa, watching picture called Pushpa which means not flower but fire, it seems! And our poor Pushpakka is living full life thinking her name means flower. When and how meaning is changing or whether her parents are telling her one big lie, is the question.
Forget about flower, full first half of picture they are cutting trees in jungle, for smuggling purposes and next half of film, they are cutting people. Yebbe! They are chopping off heads and arms and legs like we people are cutting cabbage for our palya. And they are not even cleaning after all chopping work is done! All men are like that or what? They will make mess but who will clean?
And that Pushpa, abbabba … when he is coming on screen, Kamalamma is getting only one feeling, to drag him inside bathroom and give him nice hot bath with Lifebuoy. But how to pull that poor fellow; already one shoulder is up in Himalayas and if I pull maybe other one will come out in my hands. Aiyyo tchah … it is good that the Mister is not here, otherwise he will say, what Kamalamma you are getting so much violent ideas from this film! Then 100% he will hide all knives and all.
Like this, we are reaching end of movie and then what is happening? Pushpa is marrying heroine and both are living happily ever after? No … on wedding day itself he is having one competition with police officer about branded clothes or something. Both are standing on edge of mountain in boxer chaddis, and fighting and fighting. Then our Pushpakka is remembering her two sons who are standing outside bathroom in their chaddis and fighting like this only it seems; about who will enter bathroom first.
After 3 hours picture is finally coming to an end and I have to accompany Pushpakka home because it seems now, she is afraid to walk alone on the road. As if somebody will come after her with swords and knives! But who knows – she is also Pushpa, no!
Then next morning poor Pushpakka is calling and saying, Kamalamma yesterday you are seeing which brand chaddi those two fellows are wearing. And I am saying aiyyo sorry Pushpakka, difficult to see label from far! She is sounding little sad so I am saying, don’t take tension Pushpakka, there is second part for movie it seems and we will see properly in that.
So, now there are at least two women in Kunjibettu, Udupi who are waiting for Pushpa – part 2. One is our Pushpakka, who is in full tension whether it is Rupa, VIP or Jockey. Other is Kamalamma, with her own tension – whether to make cabbage pakoras or vegetable bonda for next part. Too much cutting and chopping!
This article was published in the Witty Wordsmith of The Times of India blogs on Jan 27th Jan, 2022.