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Harappan Ships Go Up Mountains

A callous anachronism has ruled Bollywood costume and set design. Exemplars exist, but no one learns.

Harappan Ships Go Up Mountains
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Akshay Kumar with a chestful of medals in Rustom
Harappan Ships Go Up Mountains
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2016-08-19T22:35:19+05:30

It’s Medalomania!

  • The navy permitted moustaches without beards only after 1971
  • The bar curl is reversed
  • The Kargil Star, awarded in 1999, when the land war took place
  • Op Parakram, the Indo-Pak desert standoff after the 2001 Parl attack
  • Silver Jubilee Medal 1972
  • The Kargil Medal—another anachronistic blooper
  • The name tag was introduced by the Indian navy only in the 1970s

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When the trailer of Mohe­njo Daro came out, it came under merciless trolling on social media—the main point of criticism being the costu­mes. All of us have learnt a bit about the Indus Valley Civilisation in school, and absolutely none of the pictures of statuary found at the excavation site showed people clad in designer clothes of the kind characters in the film wear. There was no intricate stitching in 2016 BC, when the film is set. The clothes were likely roug­hly woven fabric—as the famous bear­ded man statue shows, simply draped printed cot­ton was in vogue.

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