We have compiled a list of some silly movie mistakes which only a history teacher will be able to note:
In the Akshay Kumar starrer Rustom, the designer did a mix-up on the uniform. The movie is set in 1959 whereas the uniform sports a Kargil star (1999), Name Tag (introduced in 1972), incorrect bar curl and many elements or medals which did not exist then.
In Braveheart, Mel Gibson’s character dons a Scottish kilt, though the apparel would not come into wide use until centuries after the setting in which the film takes place.
In the war film 300, one army fights with the help of bombs, though gunpowder was not invented until the 9th century AD, and not known to Arabs until the mid-thirteenth century.
In Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Farhan Akhtar sings 'Nanha munna rahi hoon…' from the film Son of India which was released in 1962. Bhaag Milkha… is set in the 1950s.
Lagaan is set in 1892 and each team gets six balls per over. However, in those days, England allowed only five balls per over.
In Kai Po Che, people are watching the news about the Gujarat riots on Headlines Today. The riots happened in 2002. Headlines Today was launched on April 7, 2003.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End includes a voyage to Singapore, though the land would not be founded by British explorers until the following century from which the film takes place.
The premise of Tom Cruise’s 2017 The Mummy is inaccurate from the start, as a female in Ancient Egypt would never have been designated pharaoh; instead, the honor and title would be bestowed to another male heir within the greater family.
Spielberg’s epic WWII drama Schindler’s List features a plastic stamp pad, though the item hadn’t actually been used during this period.
Unlike portrayed in Shah Rukh Khan’s Asoka, Karuvaki (the only queen of Ashoka, who was named in his inscriptions and edicts) was not a Kalinga princess but a fisherman’s daughter.
This article features in our December 2017 issue as a part of our regular colum "Take 2".
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