Lunch + a Movie: Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Cinema, Culture & Arts, Things to Do


Written by Emma Janicki-Gechoff

Published on April 13, 2016

Behind the beautiful forevers

It may seem old and tired by now, but there’s a reason we all grow up knowing about “dinner and a movie” dates. Likely it was the first type of date you went on. Maybe going to the movies was how you could scope out cute kids from other schools. Although many of us can reminisce about the good ole’ days of dinner and a movie, it might not be our go-to date anymore. Now that Buffalo has so many new activities to try out, you might feel a little boring suggesting dinner and a movie.

Have no fear – the classic date is still here!

Since Buffalo has a wealth of movie theaters specializing in out-of-date, second-run, international, quirky, and downright unknown independent films, suggesting a dinner and a movie doesn’t mean you’ve thrown in the towel. It means you spent time looking for a way to break the Netflix and chill cycle while still keeping comfy in those lovely red chairs that theaters never fail to have. It means you can snuggle up during the movie, then go out after to have deep conversations about the mise-en-scène.

So for each week of the month, Step Out Buffalo has made a new kind of pairing – not of the wine and cheese or meat and beer varieties. A cool movie plus a creative restaurant choice means serious props to you. Here’s this week’s pick:


Film: NT Live: Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main St., Buffalo
Showtime: Sunday, April 17 12:00 p.m.


Restaurant: Taj Grill

2290 Delaware Ave., Buffalo
Lunch buffet runs 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Dinner runs 4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Restaurant Info >>
So you’ve seen Slumdog Millionaire and so you’re sure you’ve gotten a good taste of “Indian cinema and culture?” Think again.
In fact, think real hard, again.
This Sunday you can see the National Theatre’s (of England) performance of Behind the Beautiful Forevers, a play written by David Hare and based on the award-winning book by Katherine Boo. The book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, won the National Book Award for Nonfiction and was based on three years of Boo’s reporting in a makeshift slum in Mumbai, India.
In the slum, people find hope in the seemingly most insignificant things, like the garbage rich people toss out, in political corruption, and even in a daughter. But things don’t go the way the optimistic locals hope – tragedy strikes on the local and global scale turning envy into brutality.

After watching the hard-hitting film, head out to Taj Grill for dinner. (It’s not too obvious to suggest an Indian restaurant, right?) Taj Grill gets repeated high marks from reviews for both service and quality of food served. Taj Grill serves North and South Indian dishes and allows for us Americans to both play it safe without too many spices or do it real and get all the spices depending on your preference.
Be forewarned, the menu is massive. I’d suggest perusing your options online before heading out for dinner, and at least narrow down your list of potential meals, then ask your server for advice when you arrive. Or, better yet, go out to dinner with a big group of friends and share everything (dinner buffet is only on Tuesdays).
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