Day After Tomorrow Sikhs in Hollywood Movies

6.4

The Day After Tomorrow – Sikh Cabby + Extras

Director

Roland Emmerich

Genre

Adventure , Sci-Fi

Sikh Rating

3

Stars

Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal

Writer

Roland Emmerich

Producer

Roland Emmerich, Mark Gordon

Deals
Release Date

2004

About the Movie

As Paleoclimatologist named Jack Hall is in Antartica, he discovers that a huge ice sheet has sheared off. But what he does not know is that this event will trigger a massive climate shift that will affect the world population. Meanwhile, his son Sam is with friends in New York to attend an event. There they discover that it has been raining non-stop for the past 3 days, and after a series of weather-related disasters begin to occur over the world, everybody realizes the world is entering a new Ice Age and the world population begins trying to evacuate to the warmer climates of the south. Jack makes a daring attempt to rescue his son and his friends who are stuck in New York and who have managed to survive not only a massive wave but also freezing cold temperatures that could possibly kill them.

The Day After Tomorrow is a movie which I always enjoy watching, which also means that I have seen it more than once. A lot of people won’t be impressed by that but what can I say! I’m a sucker for disaster movies no matter how improbable they are. Besides I just like Dennis Quaid.. he’s got the right stuff *wink wink*. Also, seeing Jake Gyllenhaal playing a teenager is meant to be fun.

Sikh Cabby + Extras in The Day After Tomorrow

The first appearance of the Sikh characters in the movie is of the extras in the crowd. This happens after the conference in New Delhi, India has just concluded. We see a crane shot of the huge Indian building with tons of crowd (how stereotypical of India). You can actually see a Sardar in red turban riding a bicycle past the shot from left to right. Next we see Dennis Quaid and Ian Holms talking to each other and when the block has both of them together, there are two sardars in their background in brown and blue turbans. They give you camera look a number of times, but as they are in the depth and out of focus, it doesnt break your illusion that you’re watching a completely fake disaster.

Dennis Quaid talks with Ian Holm while two Sardars stand behind them in Day After Tomorrow
Dennis Quaid talks with Ian Holm while two Sardars stand behind them in Day After Tomorrow
Dennis Quaid talks with Ian Holm while two Sardars stand behind them in Day After Tomorrow
Dennis Quaid talks with Ian Holm while two Sardars stand behind them in Day After Tomorrow

Also in the same scene take a look at this extra’s performance. He looks almost like Arif Lohar and his manner is very reminiscent of him as well. In the shot he is completely in his own world. I was amused by this guy.

Check this extra's performance in the background. Looks like Arif Lohar
Check this extra’s performance in the background. Looks like Arif Lohar

Secondly we see a Sikh cabby when the young Jake Gyllenhaal is boarding a cab because his father simply forgot to pick him up. This one is a proper gurmukh sardar with full beard and he’s not wearing the normal turban but the black parna which Sikhs usually do while driving cabs. Dennis Quaid interrupts the scene with his green eco-friendly Honda Insight and ends up paying the Sikh Cabby for making him wait.

The Sikh characters in the movie are extras but whats noticeable is that they are all proper sardars. They are not made up Sikhs with false beards and their turbans are in proper Punjabi style and not the UK-US style. Much much better than what Bollywood does at times… scratch that.. all the times.

Jake Gyllenhaal boarding a cab with a Sikh cabby in Day After Tomorrow
Jake Gyllenhaal boarding a cab with a Sikh cabby in Day After Tomorrow
Dennis Quaid pays the Sikh cabby his fare while Jake Gyllenhaal looks upon in Day After Tomorrow
Dennis Quaid pays the Sikh cabby his fare while Jake Gyllenhaal looks upon in Day After Tomorrow

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3

Awful

Where it scored

  • Proper Sardars, not madeup

Where it lost

  • They are just extras :(