I have found that over the course of the development of this site, a few phrases have cropped up that I use with some frequency. I was thinking that it might be helpful for me to elaborate on what they are in case some of my newer readers encounter any of these words or phrases. Without further ado, we begin.
"Anna the Assassin" - First appearing in Gupt, we have a hired and presumed ruthless tough guy killer who happens to be called "Anna." Being an American, I am accustomed to the name Anna being given to women. So, any time I see a burly macho man being called Anna I can't help but have a quick chuckle. Another tough Anna appeared in Kismat.
"Atul, The Toughest Man Alive" - Atul (portrayed by Akshay Kumar) made his grand entrance in the very first article I posted on the site, the recap of Jaani Dushman. This title was awarded based upon the massive, brutal beatings this man sustained during the story of that film. However, no matter how much he was pummeled, stabbed, or thrown about he kept getting back up until the very end (oops, spoiler). Therefore, any time a hero (or villain) in a Bollywood movie is seen to be receiving a particularly vicious attack with little to no ill effects as a result, he or she is said to be "invoking the Spirit of Atul" or a similar sentiment. Other such tough guys include Bobby Deol and Sanjay Dutt.
DCL - This stands for "Demented Child Laughter." I used it quite extensively to describe a spooky sound effect first found in Vaastu Shastra. The sound is best described as an evil giggle that is somewhat distorted and twisted. This sort of thing turns up in lots of scary movies, so I'm going ahead and listing it here for future use.
North Indian Slap Dance - The name I've given to an odd dance move observed often enough to draw my attention. Typically the male dancer will use his fingers to push the chin of his partner back and forth as if playfully slapping them around in time to the music. Seen most clearly in Ram Jaane, Page 8.
Stick of the Law - Carried by police officers, this is a cylindrical piece of wood approximately two feet in length with brass caps on the ends. It looks like this is the Indian equivalent of our police officers' nightsticks without the little perpendicular handle part. I don't think that "Stick of the Law" is the proper name for this piece of equipment, but I heard it in one of the movies and it gave me quite a laugh. Therefore it's called that every time I see it now. Seen in some of the shots I have from Khal Nayak and Taarzan - the Wonder Car. Update! My good friend Samita has found the true name for the SotL. It seems that the police refer to these weapons as "lathi," but for the sake of preserving the naming convention in the articles (and partly because "Stick of the Law" gives me a chuckle) I'll continue to refer to it by my original name. Thanks for the research Samita!
UDT - This stands for "Unnecessary Digital Twin." This phenomenon does not manifest itself that often, but when it does happen it is confusing, and as the name implies, usually unnecessary. What happens is a character will have faded, ghost-like copies of themselves spring out of them and mimic their actions. There's no plot element to go along with this. Just done to look cool, I guess. The main offending film to use this technique on this site is Asambhav: The Impossible.
USM - This stands for "Unnecessary Slow Motion." The editor will choose (assuming for dramatic purposes) to randomly put the film into slow motion. This can be jarring, and more than a little annoying. Certainly, slow motion can be used to heighten tension, or to intensify an important event. In those cases it is effective, and warranted. However, to use it randomly in an attempt to give a film its own "style" is aggravating. The main offending film to use this technique on this site is Asambhav: The Impossible.
USS - This stands for "Unnecessary Split Screen." This acronym is used any time the film abuses the use of split screens. As with slow motion, there are times when a split screen can be used to enhance the scene. Perhaps a stalker and a victim are both approaching the same door and a split screen is used to see them both reaching for the doorknob. That's acceptable. However, using them to show someone picking up a plastic bag in four frames, or having all of the phone conversations show the other party via a picture-in-picture is a bit excessive. Once again, the main offending film to use this technique on this site is Asambhav: The Impossible.
UTL - This stands for "Unnecessary Time-Lapse." For no reason at all, the film will go in fast-forward for 2 or 3 seconds. It could be a boat pulling in, a car driving by, or a person walking down a hall. The first few times I saw this being used, I thought there was something wrong with my DVD. Time-lapse also has its uses, but to simply speed up someone picking up an object is just silly. All together now, the main offending film to use this technique on this site is Asambhav: The Impossible.