Doordarshan is no stranger to committing broadcasting blunders. But the glitch-prone public broadcaster saw some particularly disastrous anchoring and on-air flubs during the recent India International Film Festival (IFFI) in Goa, which has now gone viral on social media.
The ill-prepared anchor assigned to cover the flagship state-run cinema event messed up everything a television reporter could — from her lines to her description of the event, committing some 20 obnoxious gaffes.
In one instance, she refers to the governor of Goa as the “governor of India”. Remember Mountbatten?
In the course of an hour she spent on the red carpet, she was bizarrely incoherent.
Sample this: “Aur mujhe IFFI ka concept bahut pasand aaya kyunki hum poori duniya mein friendship banaye rakhte hain... aur cooperation seekhte hain. (I really like the concept of IFFI because we are able to continue friendship globally and foster cooperation.)”
Or this: “Goa is going to become a very, very significant part of this world. All around the world, Goa will be known for its festivals. I mean, I am just obliged to be a part of it.”
The anchor also had some serious on-air admission to make as a film journalist: “I don’t know much about films and stuffs in depth.”
She then asked the most impertinent question ever asked to a film festival delegate: “Sir, do you like films.” Some silence, and then pat came the reply: “Of course I do.”