Friday, October 10, 2008

Old Indian movie in Ipoh sighted in New Delhi

Most of the boys and girls who grew up in downtown Ipoh in the 1970s probably still remember the popular Hindi film, Elephants, My Friends or Haathi mere Saathi . I actually sighted a brand new DVD version of the unforgettable film in a shop in New Delhi during my visit to India.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh as secular hero of Sikhs


Blogger Tok Mila said...

I definitely remember Haathi Mere Saathi and watching the movie at the Grand cinema in Ipoh. Feeling very nostalgic, thinking about how it was such a treat to go to the cinemas in Ipoh those days. Cathay and Lido are nearby and always screens English movies. Grand typically shows Malay and Hindi movies. I was scared to watch movies at Odeon because friends told me it is haunted due to its vicinity to a graveyard. Ruby is another one and as I remember it, Sun is the only one on the 'old town' side of Ipoh. I miss Ipoh as it used to be.

9:09 AM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

I remember the theme song of Haathi mere Saathi could be sung in simple Mandarin ! It was truly an Indian movie that was really loved by the Chinese in towns as even black-market tickets were often sold out !

9:29 AM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

My understanding is that Odeon was allegedly haunted not because it was close to the St.Michael graveyard but because when the cinema was being constructed, several labourers (Chinese and Indians) died in industrial accident on site.

8:23 PM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

Datuk Lat's TOWN BOY is a good old recollection of the landscape in Ipoh in the 1970s, including the trishaw puller who wore sunglasses (his name is Ah Piow)

11:29 PM  

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