Indian Movie Tips

I went to see the Taj Mahal this weekend. It was amazing. However, aside from the Taj, there’s not much to see/do in Agra. There is a movie theater though, so I decided to go see a Hindi movie – my first ever. I settled on Phoonk – said to be the ultimate Indian horror movie; it turned out to be entertaining, but not scary. Also, there was no singing or dancing. My ticket:

Phoonk ticket

Some things to note if you ever plan to go see a movie in India:

  • They have different pricing levels for tickets based on the seats: silver, gold, and ebony. Not wanting to be stuck with a bad seat and also not wanting to watch from a sofa, I settled on gold. This is a mistake. Go with the silver.
  • Be prepared to stand up for the National anthem before the film. (though I’m told this only occurs in small towns) I was given curious stares when I stood up noticeably later than the crowd as the music started.
  • There will be an intermission. Do not fret. If you’re feeling adventurous, order the masala peanuts.
  • There will be a happy ending. :)


  1. bff says:

    aww cute post

  2. Beah says:

    why didn’t the gold level work out well? I want more details.

    They also did all of this stuff in Thailand, but it wasn’t the national anthem exactly, it was “The King’s Song” that they played before every movie — the song is accompanied by a photo montage of the Kind and his good works. I think it’s a pretty strange thing to do before a movie but, for some reason, the first time I experienced it I cried a little at the end. Don’t tell anyone.

  3. Jayan says:

    Too bad we couldn’t get tickets for “Rock On”…
    Also, I am amazed you sat through the whole thing..

  4. Wysz says:

    Is gold not as good as silver? I’m used to American marketing with the hierarchy is:

    Platinum > Gold > Silver

  5. Nelson says:

    Gold is a little too far forward. For seats that are in the middle towards the back a bit (what I consider best) you only need a silver ticket. I said to go with the silver because it’s cheaper and even with my gold ticket, I chose to sit in the silver section.

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