My Search for Hope in Films

Dear Reader,

Have you ever been drawn in by the idea of exchanging thoughts through letters? The touch and feel of words that someone has put in the effort for you? Well, I have always been fascinated by it! And so this initiative to write letters to you. I don’t know who you are or what you do. You could be one person or many and I’d never know. But this idea of being able to bond through words excites me! So here you go. The first one of many to come.

Let me be honest, I haven’t watched half as many films as I should have! Although that’s a little shameful for someone who aspires to be a part of this industry someday, it doesn’t nullify the fact that Cinema has been a huge part of my life. In fact, I’d like to believe that it truly has the power to move one. To make one cry, laugh, fall in love and even be grateful towards all that life has had to offer. From a very young age, I’ve always had a warming relationship with movies. Those two hours are for me to live a dream! To choose from fantasies and alternate realities that would help me feel more hopeful about my life. 

Growing up, I used to love watching romantic comedies. I had a little book where I’d note down every film that’d fit into the genre and then spend my holidays watching them all. One such film that really stayed with me was Letters to Juliet. Although the concept of falling in love has been a distant emotion for me, this movie was pure magic!  I am not going to be revealing too much of it in the selfish hope that you’d make some time to watch it. But the movie’s got a little to do with exchanging letters. Duh! One such letter in it, got me thinking...

And this has been especially true the past few days. Stuck in between four walls with just a blue screen to stare at, one can’t help but think about the endless possibilities of the What Ifs. 

“What If I don’t get past this?” 

“What If I could go back in time?” 

“What If I could change this one little thing I’d done?” 

“What if I’d done a lot more while I could have?”  

So on and so forth. While I can’t deny having had these thoughts at least a few hundred times during the lockdown, I also know that time travel is an unrealistic assumption. So as much as I’d like to live in those two hundred million alternate possibilities of What Ifs, I need to understand that this is my reality. So I decided to change the question a little bit. What if I can be a little more hopeful during difficult times?

Now, Hope most definitely isn’t something that’ll magically appear out of nowhere. But a little trying never hurt anyone! So I did what I do best. Tried to bring in that little magic into my life, through films. I came up with a list of beautifully written lines from some films that I hold really closely. These lines have helped make me feel a little more positive every time I come across them. so, I’d like to share them with you hoping it’ll bring in a smile on your face!


 “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies.”

 Andy, The Shawshank Redemption

Coming from someone who spent 19 years of his life in prison, it’ll be foolish not to take this seriously.


“I know what I have to do now. I’ve got to keep breathing because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?” Chuck, Castaway

 I am hoping the tide will bring back more sunshine this time!


“And In That Moment I Swear We Were Infinite” Charlie, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Nothing talks about wholesomeness in the little things in life, like this movie and this dialogue does! 


“I am not a smart man, but I know what love is” Forrest, Forrest Gump

Forrest is everything that one should aspire to be. Selfless, caring and the human personification of pure love. This warms my heart every single time!


“I figure life’s a gift, and I don’t intend on wasting it.”

Jack, Titanic

No matter where you are or what you do, you truly ought to be grateful to what life has had to offer to you!

"The past is just a story we tell ourselves." Samantha, Her

It took me some time to accept it, but the truth is, this AI knows better about human emotions than we do ourselves!

I’d like to end this with what Lester Burnham had said in American Beauty - It’s hard to stay mad when there’s so much beauty in the world! So when our world is safe to open again, let’s make sure to relish as much of it as we can! Until then, hope and love are all that we can bank on.

Love,

Swetha.

1 comment
Raghul March 30, 2020

It’s easy to write something about cinema but it’s not easy to write like this…I want u 2 write moreee…and improvise urself by watching more movies…(I read it cause I loved ur curly hair 😬)

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