The auto-correct tool, more often than not, has been the reason for many of our embarrassments on social media. Well, it turns out Padma Bhushan awardee and renowned Hindi poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar too can get into such muddles, courtesy auto-correct.
Having just watched Rajiv Menon’s Tamil film Sarvam Thaala Mayam, the lyricist was all praises. “Well made well performed, very sensitive. It is an unusual story about music and social justice. Achhi picture Hai (sic),” he wrote from his Twitter handle.
Watched a Tamil film “ sarvam thalamus Maryam “ directed by ace cameraman Rajiv Menon. Well made well performed , very sensitive . It is an unusual story about music and social justice . Achhi picture Hai .— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) January 31, 2019
This would’ve been an ordinary tweet if not for some abominable typos in the film’s title where ‘Thalam’ became ‘Thalamus’ and ‘Mayam' became ‘Maryam’. Javed’s ‘Sarvam Thalamus Maryam’ instead of ‘Sarvam Thala Mayam’ was not missed by many on Twitter.
Actor Siddharth, who has starred in films like Rang De Basanti and Jigarthanda, tweeted a hilarious response to Javed’s tweet, not unlike the latter’s typo, saying - “Javed Tamilus Killingam. achha naam hai.”
But then the popular lyricist was quick to own up to his mistake and soon after his first post, he posted another tweet with the correct film title.
Explaining that he understood Siddharth’s feelings, the poet offered his unconditional apologies and explained that this was how he felt when someone “murders Hindi or Urdu”.
I watched the Subtitled copy of sarvam thaala maryam a Tamil film directed by the ace cameraman Rajiv Menon. Loved it . Good story good direction and good performances .it is sensitive film about social justice in the music world .— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) January 31, 2019
He also wrote that he had gone one step ahead and “punished” himself by writing the title again and again.
Dear Siddharth I totally understand your feelings. This is how I feel when some one murders Hindi or Urdu . My unconditional apologies. I have punished my self by writing that title again and again .— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) January 31, 2019
Sarvam thaala Mayam , sarvam thaala Mayam, sarvam Thaala Mayam.— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) January 31, 2019
If only all comments were made and taken lightly on social media...
Sarvam Thaala Mayam is an upcoming Tamil film by director-cinematographer Rajiv Menon starring GV Prakash Kumar and Aparna Balamurali. The film's story is about a drum-maker's son wanting to play the drums. The film has music by AR Rahman and cinematography by Ravi Yadhav. Rajiv Menon makes a comeback in direction after 17 long years with this film. His last Tamil feature was Kandukondein Kandukondein that released in 2000.