Classy Performances by Inanimate Objects in Bollywood Films


They don’t talk. They don’t react. Your wish is their command. But still, sometimes inanimate objects steal the show in a film. Talking about his critically acclaimed  performance in Cast Away, this is what Wilson had to say- “…….”. Yes, we weren’t expecting anything else from you Wilson. But hey, great show.


The Lunchbox

Lunchbox was the undisputed star of the show, The Lunchbox (2013). First, it tried its best to tarnish the real life image of dabbawalas of Mumbai, to the extent that they had to quote Harvard University’s study. Then, with a secret pocket to store letters, lunchbox was the confusing prop that made Ila (Nimrat Kaur) and Saajan (Irrfan Khan) fall in love with each other. Well played, Sir.

Maruti Ertiga

Maruti Ertiga

To be honest, it’s not one Ertiga but about three Ertigas (or four?!) that come together to entertain the audience of Yash Raj Films’ Mere Dad Ki Maruti (2013). It isn’t Ertiga’s fault though, there was supposed to be only one Ertiga but some other actors made a mess and we see three Ertigas on screen.

Bonus Trivia: The film was made at a budget of approximately Rs 10 crores, of which, Maruti Suzuki sponsored about Rs 6 crores.



Though, it played a small role in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) but milk was the reason why Milkha Singh got excited about running in the first place (and we endured 189 minutes of it). His coach at the Army training camp offered him milk as an incentive to win the race. He won and the rest is a World Record timing and a 4th place finish Olympic athlete.

Bonus trivia: This was picked up by Amul for a TVC promoting milk as the original energy drink.


Karthik Calling Karthik

The creepiest role by any inanimate object ever was played by the telephone in Karthik Calling Karthik (2010). The telephone would start ringing everyday at 5:00 a.m. and become Karthik’s (Farhan Akhtar) life coach. The cameraman also added to the creepy aura of the telephone by opting for uncomfortably close up shots with Karthik sitting scared in the background.

Verdict: Karthik shouldn’t have called Karthik.


Blue Umbrella

The central character of the plot for Vishal Bhardwaj’s Blue Umbrella (2007), based on Ruskin Bond’s story of the same name, is a Japanese blue umbrella which everybody in a Himachal village wants. Thus plans are made to steal it. Is stolen, dyed in red and when the dye from the umbrella comes off on a rainy day, the thief Khatri (Pankaj Kapoor) is boycotted from the village.