A 2015 novel in Huma Qureshi’s biopic on chef Tarla Dalal set in 1970s! Viewer spots goof up


The biopic of celebrated food writer, chef and cookbook author Tarla Dalal released recently on Zee5 with Huma Qureshi essaying her role. A keen-eyed viewer who watched the Piyush Gupta directorial observed a goof-up in the film and wondered if it was intentional or went unnoticed.

Manish Gaekwad, who works as a senior manager at Red Chillies Entertainment, posted the goof up on Twitter and wrote that he noticed a book connection between Tarla Dalal and Hanya Yanagihara.

Yanagihara, an American novelist, whose 2015 book ‘A Little Life’, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, is visible in a scene in the film that is set in 1974. Gaekwad wondered if the makers purposely did this or if it was unintentional.

“I was watching Tarla when I noticed this book connection between Tarla Dalal and Hanya Yanagihara. This scene is set in 1974. Hanya’s novel A Little Life was published in 2015. How can the makers purposely stage such a mistake? It is baffling at first, but maybe they mean to,” he posted.

“Tarla’s first cookbook ‘The Pleasures of Vegetarian Cooking’ was published in 1974 and is established in the very next shot. So how and why is it still related to Hanya, who was probably not even born…one sec…she was born in 1974. Is it then a writer/director easter egg?” he further wrote.

“Though it’s a mistake of set decorators who just putting things which are not period correct. Hence, the Art team and art AD is responsible for that. However, there are exterior shots in Tarla which are not period specific. Idk whether it’s negligence due to budget or what?” a user commented. “Budget constraints plus ad lapses,” said another.


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