That’s impossible!

‘That’s impossible! No way that can happen!’ These are the thoughts that run through my head while watching many a movie. One of the windfalls of being an engineer, or even a science student for that matter, is that one begins to observe and analyze things objectively, more often than others. This is especially true during a movie when the brain begins to do parallel processing with the info that the eyes are taking in.

Take for instance the movie Superman. There is this one scene where superman stops a plane full of passengers hurtling towards the earth at an insane velocity with his hand – and the nose of the plane has just a small dent! A half decent engineer would immediately marvel at such an awesome material! True, such movies are made to awaken the child in everyone, it is all to do with fantasy; but then…

And then there is the other type – where the movie is not intended to be a fantasy but looks silly due to the callousness of the director. I had the misfortune of having to watch one such movie recently. The latest offering from that nonsense, empty, hollow director RGV. After having watched the deplorable Gayab some years back, I had promised myself that I wouldn’t watch another RGV flick. (One memorable silly scene in that movie being the one where the hero threatens to do “great harm” to the city if he doesn’t get his girl. The “great harm” turns out to be a series of public exposures of people’s privates…)

Anyway, peer pressure got the better of me and I sat down to watch this one. Some really novel concepts are introduced here – things like souls of people having the ability to lift and touch materialistic things while themselves being able to move through walls. One particular scene where both the wife and the Bhooth mistress fondle the hero is especially crazy. I kept thinking that no director can write such a hollow script and anticipated an ending where things would get tied up partly atleast.

Au contraire, the ending plunged the depths and touched the Nadir. It struck me about 3 minutes before the actual ending and I thought “NO WAY!!!”

I ended up screaming “That’s impossible!” at the end… RGV, hats off to you.

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6 Comments

  1. September 12, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    Oh, don’t even get me started on the medical blunders that happen. And here, we will excuse such trivial innovations as brain transplants.
    The on-screen docs, when they are taking a break from wearing the stethoscope wrong ALWAYS, can diagnose pregnancy by examining the pulse. PULSE, goddammit. And what’s more, “Aap ko teen maheene hue hain”, the phoney dude declares with the accuracy of an atomic clock.
    Damn. I so wouldn’t have to struggle for the OB exam I have tomorrow, if I had that kind of awesomeness.

    Then of course in another league altogether is the marvel of the three way blood transfusion in that oh-my-god-this-movie-is-set-in-LaLaLand-esque Amar Akbar Anthony.

  2. wanderlust said,

    September 12, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    @spunky monkey:
    what about the scene where the mother’s sight is magically restored by two sparks that go from the idol into her eyes?
    btw, there’s an old, old post on my blog called “medical conditions as depicted in films”… you might want to look at that.

  3. Ching Ling Su said,

    September 13, 2007 at 7:04 pm

    Hey, you guys are concentrating too much on childish Hollywood or low budget Bollywood movies. Please do look south for more exciting stuff. Our very own Captain from Tamil Nadu defies gravity with resemblance to Jackie Chan stunts even with a pot belly hanging from his body at an age of 50+. Needless to mention ‘Talivar’ Rajini’s stunts. And our Gult heroes have special abilities like stopping an express train with just three chants of ‘Channakeshwara’. I think the south is way more creative than Bollywood in these respects. Anyway about the superman scene, why din’t you analyse his aerodynamic stability before analyzing the material property of the nose of the plane? I thought you’re a CFD guy.

  4. AnSVad said,

    September 13, 2007 at 9:08 pm

    @ spunky monkey: LOL! You do rekindle fond “comic relief” memories! You are right. The three way blood transfusion was in a league of its own. Haven’t noticed the wrong stethoscopes though – guess that’s cos I am a mechie…

    @priya: I want to watch that movie! Put info.

    @ching ling su: First of all, you are utterly jobless to create a new gmail account posing to be a pseud dude with arbit mongoloid features – I know who you are. But you do bring up a nice point about captain. Another scene that comes to mind is the one where he shocks the electricity supply. And no, I am not a CFD guy, though don’t even get me started on why the skin friction due to the negligibly viscous air doesn’t char his cape at high Reynolds number flows, which can be idealized to be a bluff body to enable the use of Navier Stokes equations for laminar flow… 😉

  5. arbitchap said,

    September 16, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    And i’m sure all of you ‘enjoy’ reading jeffrey archer and robin cook where stupid motherfuckers chase secrets/kill/conspiracies as a matter of fact over 2 days.And yeah,vijayakanth is def better than james bond,arnie and corny english disaster-movies.atleast there’s some comic relief.

  6. wanderlust said,

    September 24, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    @aneesh:
    it’s amar, akbar, anthony. think it’s on LAN. Gaptain movies rock. you’d be amazed at the number of terrorists he fights back. Gaptain movies infuse more patriotism than some crap RDB or Border.
    @arbitchap:
    you missed sidney sheldon.


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