Tweaking the nose of science

"Maine pahli baar suna hain ki kissi ki maut kali mirch se bhi ho sakti hain!" (I've heard this for the first time that a person's death could be caused by black pepper). While I collect myself to make sense of this dialogue, my mind wavers into Korean films where innovative ways of causing death are portrayed. The one, who has just delivered it, seems pretty confident of the words that have stumbled out of his mouth. If you haven't figured it out yet, I am watching the television show CID.

While the show, for its cult following, has had a good run on the idiot box (a good 13 years and still going!), it has re-defined science and the world as we know it, time and again. From Dr Salunkhe's (scientist on the show) mysterious chemicals that can diagnose everything about the dead body (including how often he partied to his other interests) to ASP Pradhyuman's bizarre conclusions based on the questionable evidence.

Similarly, Bollywood has always treaded the fine line between reality and illusion. Right

from Manmohan Desai's 'Amar Akbar Anthony', where the three brothers are shown pumping blood into their ailing mother. This miracle is achieved by connecting three different tubes simultaneously into the arms of each of the brothers, while their ends are inserted into a humungous blood packet (this is surely more than a couple of litres) which is then connected to the mothers arm. Now why hasn't this made it into the Ripleys?

But then Bollywood's warped idea of science has a lot to do with the filmmakers' vision. So, irrespective of whether it's logical or not, as long as the right emotion can be evoked, it works. Call it creative license or plain simple buffoonery, science will continue to be moulded the way it is deemed suitable. So as they say for everything else, the script can't be altered, the situation has to be tweaked to adapt to the script. You have a problem? Then go watch something else.