Bollywood On-Screen Blunders



An official declaration that this is talking about goof-ups/bloopers/mistakes in some very popular and appreciated Bollywood movies. Though I am mentioning just a very few here, there of course are hundreds of such mistakes in our movies and I am sure most of you have some of your own observations to add to this list. But nevertheless, since I am writing this, and not you, I will talk of the ones I found most interesting and unnoticed.

Ok, so we start with some very subtle ones. The first one that comes to me is Karan Johar's 2001 (keep a note of this) blockbuster Kabhi khushi Kabhi Ghum. While the internet has much to talk of the mistakes in the movie, I picked some of the most interesting (read annoying sometimes) ones - Amitabh is shown using a Nokia Communicator device which was launched in 1996-1998 and Amitabh was using it in the movie's ten-years-ago era which becomes 1991 assuming the present time of the movie to be 2001. It is like saying my dad gifted me an android phone on my first birthday. Then an even more unnoticable one, because of its appearance during a starry party (which, by the way had son and father dancing with scarcely dressed ladies in front of the mother and 3 species of grandmothers, what a pity), is Amitabh singing 'Aati Kya Khandala', again in the 1991 time frame whereas Ghulam, was itself a 1997 movie. By the time Rani mukherji asks SRK (again in the 1991 era) why he wasn't replying to her e-mails and SRK drives the fat child Hrithik (who looses enough to become a hunk and grows an extra finger with age) in a Range Rover (yes yes, again in 1991), you know Karan Johar really sucked at managing flashback.

A similar anachronism was left unnoticed in the recent blockuster '3 Idiots' (yeah well, Amir Khan isn't that much of a perfectionist then). While Raju Rastogi (Sharman Joshi) is in coma state - that age old Bollywood patented coma (remember Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega) where you are just muted and paused but you can see, hear and understand every fucking thing around you; at the hospital, Amir uses an Airtel Data Card to make Raju see his friend Farhan Querashi. You got it then, didn't you? 3 Idiots was a 2009 movie and those college-time events were supposed to be 10 years back (remember Chatur making 10 year long challenge?) when Airtel did not sell Data Cards. No wait, fuck, Airtel did not exist before 2005! Again in the same movie, Kareena shows Amir (pause here and read the last 3 words again) how to deliver a baby using YouTube which came into existence somewhere in 2005 whereas the scene was again part of the 10 year old flashback. May be ICE was an incredibly awesome-kick-ass college where people had invented Youtube and Data cards long before Amir made the Virus Inverter and suicidal Lobo made the camera-cum-helicopter (or whatever it was).

Now, the above two were not noticed because of big names and stars. Here is a one most of us wouldn't have noticed not because of stars (and there were stars involved indeed) but because we all would have wanted the movie to end sooner. This is about Made in India Superhero Krrish where Rohit (Senior Hrithink Roshan) is busy in Singapore (or anywhere outside India for that matter) making Future Machine for 2 years and his mom (maintain hai!!) calls him to inform his wife is pregnant while he had been away for 2 years. I guess Krrish wasn't the superhero then, the sperm that traveled from Singapore to India on its own and then made it to the exact destination (read fallopian tube in biological terms), was the real unsung superhero. Annu Kapoor from Vicky Donor would kill to recruit Rohit for such a supernatural sperm sample (and the movie will be called Jaadoo Donor then).

Big B again comes to the party with a mistake in the movie Baghban (and I hate this movie because my mom starts with - this is what really happens in life). Amitabh and Hema get separated for 6 months just after Holi (what kind of asshole children they produced, and all 4 of them, real consistency) and within those six months between March (Holi) and September, they celebrate both Karva Chauth (comes in October, but fine, we can modify Indian festivals' dates for Big B) and to your awe, Valentine's Day as well.

WTF mom!!
Another Shah Rukh Khan blockbuster Kuchh Kuchh Hota Hai and you know what, all these SRK league movie makers Karan Johar and Yash Chopra and lot seem to be really good at making the public eat all kind of illogical shit through their movies. Rani Mukherji dies (I wanted her to as well, I was too senti on the SRK-Kajol pair at that age) leaving 8 letters to her daughter Anjali (what an uncommon name in Bollywood), one for each of her birthday. Can you imagine what she would have written for a 1,2,3 year old girl and what would the girl have read off those?

Ok so now we move back in time a little. Talking of the greatest blockbuster Sholay (no no, this is not about poor Ramlal and all the filthy things he needed to do for the hathkate thakur), the village at Ramgarh had no electricity, and we can see that when Jaya moves around the house putting the oil lamps off with Amitabh playing the mouth organ and watching her (and they were recently married, in fact, Sholay's shooting got delayed due to Jaya's pregnancy).

Now why would a no-power-supply village have a water tank (so high) on which Dharam Ji can perform his antiques - both while proposing Basanti and while threatening Kalia and the other two insignificant men (poor chaps, I am not sure how much they got paid for their roles)? I mean how did they get water up to that tank without electricity?



Here is a very technical one and again an upset to the "Amir-Khan-is-a-perfectionist" religion. This is about balls - no I am not saying Amir is coward or something similar. In the movie Lagaan, the time frame shown was 1892 and they bowled 6-balls-an-over which came into existence in the mid nineties only. According to Wikipedia, between 1889 and 1899, the English played cricket with a 5-ball over. Bhuvan really had balls to stand up against Captain Russel, in fact one extra per over !

And to the pleasure of all of us, my list today ends with again the one and only SRK. It is only fitting since we started with his movie and it is impossible to keep him out of any discussion about the good, bad and ugly (emphasis on the latter two) of Bollywood. So anyway, this one is from the recent mindlessly created disappointment called Ra-One (and I was already disappointed at Random Access One naming) where Papa Shah Rukh Khan (who incredibly pronounces Keys as Kiss and eats noodles with curd, Tamils should ban him from Tamil Nadu I'd say) is shown as a Tamil Brahmin guy but is buried with a coffin and all the black-and-white dressed people and the well sung backdrop song and beautifully made rain-burial scene. The next scene, Kareena releases SRK's ashes in the river. So, just for the fantasy of a Watchmen's Comedian's rainy burial scene shot in black and white for the effect of it, the director buried a Tam-Bram and then, for the sake of the Indian ritual, somehow found his ashes as well to flow in the river. Fine, SRK is a superstar, but does it really justify killing the man twice, once for burial and once for his ashes. There's more in the movie, the malicious Ra-One software takes over that hindi-speaking jackie-chan's body and then he is shown living with the grandmother of the dead guy enjoying some random samurai noodle soup. What the fuck! Didn't Ra-One come out from software to hardware just to find and kill Lucifer? Or may be that soup was supposed to help with his objective.



Now if there are mistakes you found in movies Aashiqui.in, Bittoo Boss or Love, Break-ups, Zindagi and others in that league (read insignificant), then you really got courage to have watched those. Anyway, this is all for now, may Bollywood keeps giving us more and more to talk about on Filmistani. Rock karo sab log !

P S : jinhe aur bhi movies ki aur bhi galatiyan bataane ki chull mach rahi hai, add comments if you may.

15 comments:

{ Jayant } at: June 2, 2012 at 5:10 AM said...

In the Movie "Mohabbatein" (YashRajProduction) Holi was celebrated before Valentine day in the same Year.

{ shubham_martin } at: June 2, 2012 at 5:17 AM said...

U must have seen Border. Do u remember the scene when sunil shetty dies?
Yes he walks with an anti tank mine and goes away with the tank.
Now the tank was initially stationary and he wud nt have dug up earth to keep the mine under the tank so why the fuck paki tankman orders the tank to move away instead of putting a bullet in an idiot soldier?
Strange.

{ Jitendra Das } at: June 2, 2012 at 5:33 AM said...

...a/c to this article Hrithik Roshan can never have a childhood in movies...as its hard to find a child with six fingers..lol!!!!

{ the sixth string... } at: June 2, 2012 at 5:54 AM said...

ha ha, very nice observation Jitendra! True!
:P
And the border thing had struck me when I watched it recently during college.
Pehli baar to bas senti hokar hi dekhi thi..

{ puneet goyal } at: June 2, 2012 at 6:24 AM said...

In the movie zindagi naa milegi dubaraa, mr. roshan after realizing what a shit load of life he had and was sitting outside his great mension thinking of his old days and his mistakes drinking dont know what, and suddenly his mooshie mooshie japanese phone rang, the network was airtel and guess the circle was AIRTEL(delhi)... phewww

{ Hari Narayan } at: June 2, 2012 at 7:06 AM said...

Nice effort :)

{ Unknown } at: June 2, 2012 at 11:53 AM said...

At the risk of sounding right wing,i am mighty pissed with the sort of depiction of christian weddings and funerals in bollywood.I dont have anything against it but just like Ra.One scene,its done for the purpose of sounding hep n fashionable,cultural n religious context be damned.

@Puneet goyal lolllz!

{ B. Kamna Will...... } at: June 12, 2012 at 11:21 AM said...

the author seems to have an eye detail ... :) ..
nice post ... !!

{ Siddharth Bisaria } at: June 13, 2012 at 11:40 PM said...

3 idiots was full of mistakes. Remember Chatur , just after 6 years of college he has become millionaire, have a wife , two grown up kids , a beautiful secretary. Chatur must be the inspiration for Zuckerberg. Now come to Kareena Aamir relation. When Aamir joined the college , Kareena was already a doctor (She could check up Rastogi`s father and all doctors from Fortis knew her well) , It takes minimum 5 year to complete MBBS. Means she was already atleast 5 years older to Aamir Khan.Mr. Suhas who did engineering and MBA to work in a bank must be at least 26 yrs. old at that time , but waited 10 more years to get marry to a girl who dumped him at open market of Cannaught Place.

{ Yadveindra } at: June 19, 2012 at 12:33 AM said...

ANd the list goes on...............

{ amitabhn } at: July 30, 2012 at 10:36 AM said...

In Aradhana, the song sequence 'Mere Sapon ki Rani', Sharmila Tagore is seen reading a book while seated in the train. The book's name is When Eight Bells toll, a thriller novel written by Alistair Maclean published in the year 1966. The film was released in 1969, so it is clear that the flashback was shown in a time which was actually a "flash-forward", which is impossible.She should have been shown reading The Heart of the Matter (1948), a novel by the English author Graham Greene.

{ amit } at: August 15, 2012 at 2:45 AM said...
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{ amit } at: August 15, 2012 at 2:53 AM said...

ok six finger one is hilarious....but krrish,sholay and ra.one one are not impossible...

{ Arvi } at: January 14, 2013 at 5:22 AM said...

Most of your comments make sense. But what about the Sholey...You said no Electricity in THAKUR's house and then why they had Water tank...

For some logic..my village in eastern UP, still in 2012 there are 10% houses don't have electricity connections and they use earthen lamps. etc...

So going by that logic Thakur's don't have current...

{ Sadhna Gupta } at: July 4, 2014 at 11:07 PM said...

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