Raising Rainbow

Love, although it’s just a four-letter word, is one of the most beautiful of all. When we think about love, what picture comes to our mind? 

Let me tell you, the 15-year-old me would have just visualized a man and a woman being in love. But are we sure these are the only two genders who can be in love? If your answer is yes then my friend you are living under the roof.

I suppose it’s just the brainwashing that was done since our childhood of portraying a male and a female being in love; all the Bollywood fantasies circled Raj and Simran. But recently I watched this movie- Call Me by Your Name because speaking of love and not talking about this movie is a sin.

This movie to be honest changed my perception of love. I no longer see two hopelessly romantic Romeo and Juliet anymore because now I also see Oliver and Elio (the main leads in the movie).

To set a context, the movie revolves around a 17-year-old boy Elio who falls in love with Oliver, who is a doctoral student, he stays with Elio’s family for one summer and this summer alters the way of their lives, and the events that unfold create profound memories neither ever forgets.

But, why I am talking about this movie is because the movie review is there online, one can definitely read it and this movie has won many nominations and is buzzed about a lot so it indeed is a worth watching movie.

In my belief this movie showcases how the society is highly prescriptive and often suggests who one should love and generally expects us to follow the same script of fantasized ecstasy throughout our lives which of course in itself a fallacy. I think the world or people per say are surprisingly modest for a reason when it comes to love. I think we don’t understand love and yet we are rather convinced that we do and I want to add our lives as well to the list.

There is a beautiful and so on point statement that Andre Aciman said“We rip out so much of ourselves to be cured of things faster than we should that we go bankrupt by the age of thirty and have less to offer each time we start with someone new. But to feel nothing so as not to feel anything – what a waste! 

When you take a closer look one may find that a lot is going on in a movie which in a way focuses on the fact that it allows you to feel anything starting from emotions, loves, sadness etc. If you ask me what is the one thing that I took from this movie is this- allow yourself to feel.

Also a little spoiler, if you are not an indie soft rock music fan, after watching this movie you definitely will become one. I can’t get enough of the songs this beautiful movie has. Every single soundtrack correctly portrays the ongoing scene, the emotions in a very subtle way which will make the whole difference.

Kriti Agarwal

Section C

3 thoughts on “Raising Rainbow

  1. I completely agree with what the writer has expressed. The movies are just concerned with those two specific genders and the moviemakers often forget that there is this other section of society that one needs to showcase.
    And after this blog I sure I am going to watch this movie.
    I would also like to highlight the fact wherein she mentioned that one needs to abide by certain values because of societal norms. This is so true and not just when it comes to love but otherwise also and it becomes important that we live by our own value system.


  2. About vast majority of the movies we’ve seen in theaters since we were kids center on the binary of male and female. She wrote about movies involving people of different genders, which is a topic seldom discussed, and the way she explained that love is not just limited to the two genders is simply awestruck. Although most people avoid the topic altogether, she not only wrote eloquently about it on her blog but also convinced me to see the film in question.   Having now seen it, I can attest that it lives up to her gleaming blog descriptions.


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