Although filmmakers undertake a lot of research and try to present the right facts, in this case, the filmmakers overlooked one thing (and were expecting not to get caught).
The popular Arfa Karim Tower, a technology park in Lahore, has been shown as ISI headquarters located in Islamabad in a recent Bollywood movie (featuring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Mithun Chakraborty).
A Pakistani computer scientist and academic Umar Saif tweeted abut the mistake. “Arfa technology park making waves beyond borders. P.S. Bollywood needs better script writers,” read the tweet.
Arfa technology park making waves beyond borders.
P.S. Bollywood needs better script writers. pic.twitter.com/vCeff7GYSj
— Umar Saif (@umarsaif) September 18, 2018
Ever since this glare was pointed out, a lot of Pakistanis have been trolling this Bollywood film.
So Arfa Kareem Software Technology Park got the headquarters of ISI too. Lmao!
— Muhammad Arshad Mukhtar (@Muhamma07815324) September 18, 2018
Sir congrats on your promotion🤣 clearly shows your positive role in our society has made them labelled you this.
— Aisha (@AishaAnwr) September 18, 2018
so as per Bollywood, I am ISI agent now 😛 https://t.co/bD1srQ0zSJ
— Awais 🇵🇰 (@Aysh_pk) September 18, 2018
Wondering which movie we are talking about? Here’s the trailer:
In the past, there have been several glaring mistakes in Bollywood movies, which, probably the audience may not have realized.
Here are some of them:
In Ra.One, after Shah Rukh Khan dies, he is seen in a coffin (suggests Christian funeral) but later in the movie, you can see wife Kareena Kapoor immersing his ashes into the river.
Also, in the climax scene, the local train starts off from Bandra, goes towards Vile Parle but ends up at CST. Well, you can’t go both ways on the same railway line/track!
In the movie PK, Sushant Singh Rajput tells Anushka that he works in the Pakistan embassy. But the location they have shown is Bruges whereas the Pakistan embassy is in Brussels, and not in Bruges.
Here’s another one from PK…
Aamir Khan’s character learns Bhojpuri language from a sex worker, but in a later scene he is unable to comprehend what a condom is! Its very unlikely that a sex worker will not be aware of a contraceptive such as condom.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)
In one of the scenes, Farhan is seen riding Royal Enfield 2012 model. The film was set in the 50s.
In another scene from the same movie, Farhan Akhtar sings the popular Hindi song “nanha munna rahi hoon” from the movie ‘Son of India’ which was released in 1962.
International Medical Aid Group takes Legal Action against ‘Phantom’ Producers for Inaccurate Portrayal
Making a film requires lots of research work, and if the script tries to bring the ground realities of any specific region on to the screen, then the research has to be very detailed, else you could always end up in a legal battle. That’s what’s happening to the producers of the Bollywood movie ‘Phantom’ starring Saif Ali Khan and directed by Kabir Khan.
International medical aid group Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), also known as ‘Doctors Without Borders’, is taking legal action against the producers of the “Phantom,” for misrepresentation of the charity group in the movie. The organization feels that the depiction of their group in the movie could potentially put several of its aid workers at risk.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent international medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid in more than 60 countries to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters or exclusion from healthcare.
As per the charity group, the following have been wrongly depicted about their group in the movie Phantom (several scenes were shot in the middle-east):
1) In the promos/teasers of the film, Katrina Kaif says, “NGO workers have ties with local fanatical groups” in conflict zones, according to the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
MSF India strongly condemned that depiction and said that it was dangerously inaccurate.
“MSF staff provide medical care in some of the world’s most dangerous conflict zones. The only way we can safely work in places such as Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen, where there is active fighting, is by explaining to every group on the ground that we are independent, neutral and impartial and interested only in providing medical care to people who need it,” the group said.
2) In the trailer for the film “Phantom”, one of the characters portrayed as working for an organization (confusingly similar to MSF) is seen holding a gun.
MSF says that it has a strict ‘no guns’ policy in all their clinics across the world and they ‘do not’ employ armed guards.
“None of our staff would ever carry a gun. Any portrayal that suggests otherwise is dangerous, misleading and wrong.”
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) feels that these wrong depictions put their workers at risk, who work in some of the most dangerous places on earth. The organization have contacted the movie’s production team and have also taken legal recourse in order to correct this dangerous misrepresentation of their organization and its work.
Looking at the allegations, it seems “Phantom” producers may have to go back to the editing table to re-edit these scenes.