Friday, March 17, 2006

What happened to the chapatis?

I recently saw the much-hyped Mangal Pandey: The Rising, and came away sorely disappointed. While the film was unsatisfactory in many ways, one thing bothered me greatly: there was no mention of chapatis.

I grew up hearing about the mysterious chapatis that were circulated in the Awadh and Bengal regions during the weeks leading up to the 1857 sepoy revolt. My history textbooks said so, and so did the comics. Why, oh why, did Ketan Mehta not include chapatis in his tale? Wasn't Farrukh Dhondy, the man who wrote the script, aware of the 21st century Sepoy who continues to track mysterious chapati? Hasn't Farrukh Dhondy read Homi Bhabha? Didn't anyone tell Ketan Mehta that a scene or two of chapatis being passed around and puzzled British officers might have added some spice to the film?


  • Ah. but did you miss the scene where they are MAKING chapatis while discussing the uprising!

    By Blogger sepoy, at 3/17/2006 10:23 AM  

  • Very interesting. haven't seen the film, but yes... the chapati story has been circulating forever... It shows up even in popular Raj fiction, e.g. M.M.Kaye's Shadow of the Moon, I think.

    By Anonymous S, at 3/17/2006 2:19 PM  

  • ok, i have to admit. i ate them. the sexual tension between aamir and his burra sahib was too much for me to bear.-swati

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/18/2006 7:48 PM  

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