Anything can happen during the Ganesh festival, according to Hindi films. For example...
You can get killed here
As seen in: Satya (1998)
The climax has Satya stabbing gang leader Thakurdas Jhawle, as the crowds immerse their idols. Is it the last death in this movie? Far from it.
As seen in: Vaastav (1999)
Sanjay Dutt stands holier than thou through a Ganpati aarti, as his shiny-shirted friend dies in an encounter. The cop drops in and informs him: he’s next.
As seen in: Agneepath (2012)
Hrithik Roshan starts out pious in Deva Shree Ganesha, then stabs a would-be shooter right on the beach. Does anyone notice? No. Too much gulal.
As seen in: Shor in the City (2011)
Ganesh Chaturthi marks the start and end. But its climax is where the bad guys get shot in the Visarjan chaos.
As seen in: Aan, Men At Work (2004)
Immersion drama plays on outside while Sunil Shetty is fatally shot. Thankfully, he’d finished praying earlier.
Someone will eye Ganpati’s gems
As seen in:
Hum Se Badhkar Kaun (1981)
Deva O Deva Ganpati Deva has a jewelled mukut and lots of valuable baubles on his person. There are thieves in the crowd. But there are real bad buys too. Watch out!
As seen in: Teen Ekkay (1980)
Think you can steal “smuggling ke heerey”, hidden in the Ganesh idol just before immersion, do you? Kiran Kumar and company will bash you up for it and get a medal and “sarkari inaam!” for it.
You can spot a don lookalike
As seen in: Don (2006)
Sorry cops, Vijay isn’t the thug you’re looking for. This fellow dancing in front of the idol just happens to look like the other most-wanted guy also played by Shah Rukh Khan.
Someone will go missing
As seen in:
Atithi Tum kab Jaoge? (2010)
The guest who just refuses to leave, goes missing in the immersion crowds. Now is that a good thing or a bad thing? Tell the truth, you’ll miss Paresh Rawal.
You can get discovered
As seen in: ABCD (2013)
Local dancers show off their moves during the festival and catch the eye of Prabhudeva himself. So what if they’re from rival camps? All’s fair in love and danceoffs.
From HT Brunch, September 7
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