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March 24, 2005

More weird subtitles

Tonight, just a day after I posted the strange German subtitles from the Hindi movie Market, I came across the website of molodezhnaja, who posted even better ones from the movie Chokher Bali (and I'll spare you the rather obvious pun):

Second, will you excrete me this here in the middle of this river.
"Second, will you excrete me this here in the middle of this river."

The company who made this DVD is the same as the one who did Market and obviously, so is the technology they used.

This time, the German sentences are so weird that I can offer some kind of English translation. The German is funnier though.

Opened the door! The bootlickers have been cut.
"Opened the door! The bootlickers have been cut."

Rohini was fully blushed by youth, her beautyoverflow.
"Rohini was blushed in full by youth, her beautyoverflow."

The basic difference here to the other DVD is that I thought Chokher Bali was a really good movie — it's based on a novel by Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore, and while it is a bit bookish at times, I found the story of the young widow who refuses to conform with customs totally compelling (as was the performance of lead actress Aishwarya Rai). So this is definitely one to rent, if you peruse the English subtitles.

(Maybe I'll also have a look at the German subtitles on the Raincoat DVD, which is also from the same company. But then I really do like that movie, and it's easier to do this with movies you don't like.)

Posted by Horst on March 24, 2005 11:26 PM to reviews | Tell-a-friend

Klaus said on March 25, 2005 06:35 PM:

Never mind the subtitles; the actress in the first picture is very cute. I'd do whatever she wants me to do in the middle of that river!

Horst said on March 28, 2005 12:33 PM:

Aishwarya Rai is not only a former Miss World, she's also one of India's most popular actresses (if not _the_ most popular actress), so I suppose your feelings are reciprocated by millions...

laura said on March 28, 2005 08:46 PM:

This actress can hold her own on the world stage. She was terrific in "Bride and Prejudice."

I'm very impressed at the number of bi- and tri-lingual people who visit this site. I know very few Americans who speak a second language well. In fact, there's been a tremendous swell in numbers of those learning sign language, as college students choose "signing" to meet their language requirement, rather than wrangle with something more difficult.

violeta said on May 6, 2005 10:18 PM:

hi guys!
where can i find some good german subs?
i've been already at,but they have'n there many things...

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