Bollywood’s grasp of medicine, science and the laws of physics has been tenuous at best. Unlikely and scientifically impossible things are constantly happening in our films; things that unintentionally cause us much hilarity among the watching public. Snakes in Bollywood are the same. They are always portrayed as ferocious, all knowing, powerful creatures with magical abilities rather than the rather stupid, deaf, writhing reptiles they really are. Please tell me you haven’t been taken in by these many snake myths Bollywood has pushed down our throat for years:
They don’t. They like rats, centipedes, eggs, other reptiles and small and sometimes larger mammals. If you offered a snake milk based on what Bollywood taught you, he is most likely to have spurned your offerings outright.
This movie, Doodh ka Karz should not have been made for so many, many reasons. (Sign)
Mostly they are deaf and their audible cues come from vibrations. If the snake charmer made the snake ‘dance’ this is only because the snake is following the strange side to side movement of the ‘been’ in some alarm! Wouldn’t you be alarmed if you had this guy staring at you like that?
Not only that, there is all janam-janam ka saath as well, Bollywood will assure us. There have been reincarnation films centred around snake-rebirth. The fact is however that snakes are reasonably free with their favours and will mate with several different partners during their lifetime.
You mustn’t kill a snake because the mate with come and hunt you down and kill you. The first part is true, don’t kill snakes; a vast majority are harmless. But if you're not doing it because you're afraid that grief stricken, vengeful reptile will come and get you, get real please.
No, no they can’t! Though Hissss isn’t strictly a Bollywood film, there have been numerous films about the ‘Vish Kanya’ (snake/girl/woman/hottie) falling in love with a mortal, assuming mortal form and getting all hot and heavy and then going back and forth as required.
In the movie Naache Naagin Gali Gali (I kid you not there was such a film) the baddies want the mani in the snake’s head (?) and so are after this writhing snake-man creature. This theme has repeated itself over the years.
OK so that is actually Hollywood trying to hoodwink you, don’t believe them either! And don’t worry! If you're an adult, an anaconda will probably ignore you in favor of smaller human prey.
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