The go-go bhoot

The sort of person who sends me a link to something like this can be safely said to, um, know me entirely too well:

A young man Kanan (Suraj Sharma) returns to India from Canada to marry his long-term girlfriend Anu (Mehreen Pirzada), but comes to know that as he is a manglik (born under an unlucky star) he has to get married to a tree before getting married to her. He very reluctantly marries the tree, which is duly chopped down after the completion of the ceremony. As a result, from that day onwards he is haunted by the spirit of a woman named Shashi (Anushka Sharma), who lived in that particular tree and hence claims to now be “married” to him.

This is consistent with Hindu astrology:

In Hindu astrology, Mangal Dosha is an astrological combination that occurs if Mars (Mangal) is in the 1st, 2nd (Considered by South Indian Astrologers), 4th, 7th, 8th, or 12th house of the ascendant chart. A person born in the presence of this condition is termed a manglik.

It is believed to be unfavorable for marriages, causing discomfort and tension in relationship, leading to severe disharmony among the spouses and eventually to other bigger problems. This is believed to be caused due to the “fiery” nature of the planet Mars, named after the Roman god of war.

There is a belief that the negative consequences for a single-manglik marriage can be resolved if the manglik first performs a ceremony called a kumbh vivah, in which the manglik “marries” a banana tree, a peepal tree, or a silver or gold idol of the Hindu God Vishnu.

And what of this mysterious tree-dweller?

Anushka Sharma looking pensive

Anushka Sharma, twenty-eight, is a model turned motion-picture star; according to one source, she was the highest-grossing actress in all of India in 2016.

Anushka Sharma posing for one of those lad mags

Anushka Sharma strikes a pose

Her first release in 2017 is Phillauri, which doesn’t seem to have anything much to do with famed Hindu writer Shardha Ram Phillauri. There is, however, a lot of poetry, and, as mentioned before, a wedding to a tree. This being Bollywood, there is also a lot of music:

She has almost 10 million Twitter followers. I can’t imagine why.


  1. fillyjonk »

    7 April 2017 · 6:46 pm

    It would suck to be that tree: “Good news! This guy wants to marry you….oh wait, I also have some bad news.”

  2. Mike aka Proof »

    7 April 2017 · 7:41 pm

    “Manglik”, huh? So did Obama fail to marry his tree before he met Michelle?

  3. jsallison »

    7 April 2017 · 8:04 pm

    ‘Iqbal’ is a good one, no song and dance, though. About a deaf kid that wants to become a fast bowler on the Indian Nat’l Cricket Team. Another one I’ve seen recently ‘A Soldier is Never Off Duty’, in Hindi with subtitles. In this scene our hero face shoots a terrorist, next scene he’s playing hard to get with the subject of a future arranged marriage (song and dance ensues), back to shooting, back to future spouse (song and dance ensues), wash, rinse, repeat. Liked it, though.

  4. Joseph Hertzlinger »

    9 April 2017 · 2:33 am

    His ex-wife had a wooden personality.

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