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<h1 class="entry-title"><a href="/bow-barracks-forever.html"> Bow Barracks Forever</a></h1>
<div class="entry-content"><p>Watched <a href="">Bow Barracks Forever</a> at Bugis yesterday. First time, I actually got lost in a building in Singapore and succeeded in mastering the floor plan of the building.</p>
<p>Bow Barracks Forever is a movie about the anglo indian community in Calcutta who live in this historically significant building that is crumbling down. The film starts jerkily with the ambience of a &#8220;play&#8221; with a &#8220;set&#8221;. But thankfully it picks up amazingly and has sensitive portraits of different kinds of people who you can see as reflections of yourself and others you know.</p>
<p>The best part of the movie was Victor Bannerjee. I didnt know he could act. The last I have seen of him was in &#8220;Joggers&#8217; Park&#8221; where he looked obese and acted disgustingly. But in this movie, he just blows everyone else away. He is simply amazing as &#8220;Peter the Cheater&#8221;.</p>
<p>It is a melancholic film. But I loved the settings and the antique furniture sprayed all over. The red building and its antique look. A movie worth a look.</p>
<p>Bow Barracks is an actual building that exists in Calcutta. The only reference on the internet to it was in this <a href="">Madras Miscellany</a>:</p>
<blockquote>She has offered another Rs. 50 lakhs to the Friend-in-Need Society, Poonamalle High Road, for the building of a two-storey building to house 50 aged and homeless Anglo-Indian men and women. The Society, founded in 1807, is one of the oldest civic amenities in the city. And a third Rs. 50 lakhs has been given for improvements to the 82-year-old Bow Barracks in Calcutta.
The barracks on Bow Street one of the oldest housing complexes of the Calcutta Improvement Trust, are mainly tenanted by lower income Anglo-Indians who have been unable to maintain their flats leave alone the barracks area.</blockquote>
<p>This film goes a long way in raising awareness for the crumbling building. I hope funds get earmarked for restoration.</p>
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