5 things that even Rajnikanth can’t do in modern cars


  • When it comes to logic and laws of physics in Indian cinema, greats like Einstein and Newton's theories are out the window. The shockwave from one punch can take down 15 men, a man (of course, the saviour of all, the hero) can be shot 15 times and still make to his mother's house, and don't get me started about what UDOs (unidentified driving objects) do they drive because a real car won't do what Indian film-makers will make it do. It has been so common in our films, that Google actually has several search results for a thing called 'Rajnikanth Physics', beat that!

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  • Windscreen smashing: Scene - the saviour of all, the hero is involved in a fistycuff with a baddie. He grabs him by the neck and shoves him through a car's windscreen or window and of course, the glass shatters to bits like your grandmother's house's windowpane. Well, apologies for breaking the bubble if some of you did believe it, but that's not how it'll be. A car windscreen will not shatter like plain glass because it is laminated safety glass with a layer of plastic in it. (Image: Stills from film Balakrishna)

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  • Jumps from a missing section on a bridge: Some of these crazy logics aren't restricted to Bollywood alone. I remember one such a scene from an otherwise really good Hollywood film, Speed. Guilty! Sandra Bullock may have been driving fast but a heavy bus will just plummet to the ground and not jump like there was a huge ramp. (Image: Stills from film Speed)

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  • Too many steering corrections: Small corrections may be needed if you think your car has veered off to the left or right a bit, but I remember watching Amitabh Bachchan drive a giant American import in a straight line but somehow the steering wheel is being turned from side to side quite vigorously. Do that in real life and you're inviting trouble – big trouble! I understand back then scenes were shot in a car that was parked in a studio being rocked by the spot boys. The actor had to sit there and act like he/she's driving, and all they could do was move the steering, quite mindlessly.

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  • Cars exploding on impact: Scene - the saviour of all, the hero is in a car chase with a bad buy. Appears a tight corner, which the hero takes with ease since he is an expert at everything, but the poor baddie drives straight into a gorge. Car either falls straight or tumbles down the side of the hill and when it does reach the ground, it explodes. Here's when I go, “What the...!” Why did it have to blow? Injuring the villain or death by head injury was not enough, you had to burn him to a crisp? Sigh! The car will not explode because the fuel will have to be in gas state in a pressurised can and you have to give it fire for an explosion to happen. Cars do not not explode and rarely ever catch fire – but rarely does not mean won't ever. (Image: Still from film Bang Bang)

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  • Tyre screeches on dirt: We all know there's a separate sound department to give sound effects after a scene has been filmed, and what our good men are used to is adding loud screeches whenever they see a car slide or it doesn't even have to slide, just a car being driven will have that noise in the background. It doesn't matter even if the car is not on tarmac. The gravel underneath the tyres somehow generates screeching noise as per physics that was invented for cinema. The real caption for this image is 'Screeeeeeeeeeech!' (Image: Stills from film Do aur do Paanch)

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