15 Years of Baghban: It’s All About Guilting Your Children

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15 Years of Baghban: It’s All About Guilting Your Children

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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ovie screenings weren’t a common practice at my school. For the longest time, Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful World was the only movie screened in our auditorium. Since that was a two-hour black-and-white affair from 1946, edited to fit our half-hour Drama period, it didn’t exactly charm the socks off us. But then in 2003, our principal decided to dedicate the entire second half of Children’s Day to a screening of Baghban.

Looking back, the elation that a bunch of Juhu seventh graders felt about a contemporary film that was also being screened next door at Chandan cinema, might have been a bit too exuberant. By the end of that screening however, our elation was replaced with crippling levels of sanskaar-shaming and unfounded guilt of being… children?

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