Real phone numbers in movies
I came across this news that, in the latest movie Ghajini (Hindi version of tamil movie) they had unintensionally used a real phone number. That became a calamity because after watching the movie some fans started calling the real phone number and started asking for Gajini. Pretty comical though.
The scriptwriter possibly conjured up the number from thin air. But unfortunately for Ms. Varghese, it turned out to be her mobile number.
And the calls, since the release of the film last week, haven’t stopped.
Worse, Aamir Khan with the number, is imprinted on film posters all over town.
“On an average, I receive about five calls a day. It’s become a nuisance,” said a hapless Ms. Varghese.
In Hollywood, they have set up a fictitious number started with 555 to be used as phone numbers in the films. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/555_(telephone_number)). This obviously avoids any such prank calls.
So what do you think Ms. Varghese did after that:
Unable to come to terms with it, Ms. Varghese finally decided to see Ghajini and check it for herself.
On Wednesday, along with her husband, she went for a screening at Lido Cinema. And, behold, her number was indeed on Aamir Khan’s body. She also saw her number on a poster of the film outside the cinema.
Well, if my phone number ends up like this, I would cut a deal with my service provider to play advertisements on the mobile… I could make some money isn’t it 🙂