Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1 (2012)
In the opening scene, when Faizal Khan’s (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) house is under attack, Sultan (Pankaj Tripathi) calls him to check whether anyone inside has survived or not. While Faizal’s ringtone, which is “Khalnayak Hoon Main”, adds humour to the tense situation, we noticed something. The phone he used, which is possibly a Nokia 6600, couldn’t have played anything except a monophonic or polyphonic ringtone.
Rock On!! (2008)
Though the film and its music were a rage back in the day, rock purists have always had a bone to pick with it. Led Zeppelin’s compilation album Mothership, whose poster can be seen here, was released in 2007, whereas the events in the film at that point are based in the year 1998.
The ultimate guilt-trip used by Indian parents, this film has its moments of poignancy such as the song “Main Yahan Tu Wahan”, where Raj Malhotra (Amitabh Bachchan) calls his wife (Hema Malini) from a public phone as they suffer in separation. Except that he never pays for the call. If only drunk-dialling your exes also became free of cost…
Watch the song here:
Jackky Bhagnani plays a Rahul Gandhi-esque youth leader in the film, in perhaps one of the most appropriate casting choices in Bollywood. In order to politically motivate the young, he asks his friend to develop an application linked with Aadhar IDs to facilitate online voting in elections. The movie justifies his action by claiming that because he is the Prime Minister of the country, he can do so. In reality, elections are handled by the Election Commission of India, and such measures can be taken only by them.
Dhoom 2 (2006)
In the film, Hrithik Roshan’s Mr. A steals valuables across the globe and naturally is fodder for news stories. But as pointed by a Quora user, on a day where the stock price of the Sensex has risen by 30% (ideal fall or rise is 5%) and where Nifty has fallen by 27%, would a thief still be the leading news story? For non-numbers speakers, these are drastic conditions for an economy which are next to impossible, like some of the other things that happen in the film. But that is another story, for another day.
Here, we find a perpetually angry Sunny Deol (playing Major Kuldeep Singh Chandpuri) carrying a dying Akshaye Khanna (playing Lieutenant Dharamvir) to safety, who gets replaced by a rather stiff and poorly made body double.
Special 26 (2013)
Ajay (Akshay Kumar), posing as a CBI officer in an interview, tells a potential recruit that the organization is like a tsunami, to which he replies in Tamil: “Thalaiva, neenga oru thadava sonna nooru thadava sonna maadhiri” (Sir, if you say it once, it is equivalent to saying it a hundred times), which is a popular dialogue from the Rajinikanth starrer Baashha, which released in 1995. The film is set in 1987, and neither the term “tsunami” nor the dialogue were known to common to Tamil speakers.
Haasil is a cult classic, which marked the directorial debut of Tigmanshu Dhulia. In the film’s most iconic scene, Rannvijay Singh (Irrfan) tells his men that they are fighting a “guerrilla” war. He then asks them who was the heroine of the film they were watching: Anil Kapoor-starrer Nayak. They reply that it’s Madhuri Dixit, whereas it was actually Rani Mukerji.
Watch the scene here:
This film was the beginning of Salman Khan’s present oeuvre, and gave his career a new life after a long string of flops. But there’s someone else as well who was given a new life, twice to be precise. Watch how this goon dies thrice at the hands of Bhai, as a result of some cost-cutting measures by the producers:
In a classic case of hiring an over-enthusiastic intern, we found that a camera is visible in the song “Kala Chashma”. Initially dismissed as a camera probably being used by a wedding photographer (since it is a festive song), extensive research showed that it was instead being used for filming the making of the song. Don’t believe us? See it for yourself:
Shot from the song:
Shot from the making of the song: