Mortdecai 2016 – Sardars Bring the Title Down


David Koepp



Sikh Rating


Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Jeff Goldblum, Paul Bettany


Eric Aronson


Andrew Lazar, Johnny Depp, Christi Dembrowski, Patrick McCormick

Release Date

May 10, 2016

About the Movie

Mortdecai is a 2015 American action comedy film directed by David Koepp and written by Eric Aronson. The film is adapted from the novel series Mortdecai (specifically its first installment Don't Point that Thing at Me) written by Kyril Bonfiglioli. It stars Johnny Depp in the title role and also features Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Paul Bettany and Jeff Goldblum. Released by Lionsgate on January 23, 2015, Mortdecai was a box office bomb, grossing $47 million against its $60 million budget, and received overwhelmingly negative reviews.

A rather dismal movie, Mortdecai hasn’t been able to gather any favourable reviews either. But for me this movie holds something very special because this is the only movie that I have seen so far in which the title of the movie shows up overlaying several Sikh gentlemen on the screen.

Title of the film appears right on Sardars

The title “Mordecai” appears as the camera pans to the right where 3 Sardars are sitting in a casino or a hotel or something. I wasn’t really paying attention to the rest of the scene as I was pretty excited seeing the Sikh folks in there. There is one more Sikh gentleman sitting next to the black wall. All the Sikh gentlemen are well dressed and seem rather dignified making me speculate that they are somehow friends of the producers. Wishful thinking hell yeah!

Mortdecai title appears on top of Sikh gentlemen sitting in casino
Mortdecai title appears on top of Sikh gentlemen sitting in casino

There is another instance where you get to see a Sikh gentleman in the background. It happens when an assassin is introduced to kill Mordecai. The first appearance of this assassin is on the plane as he is presumably flying in to assassinate Mortdecai. The shot has the Assassin sitting on an aisle seat and on the seat behind is a Sikh gentleman.  It’s a very small scene but rather important as its the introduction of an antagonist.

The assassin in the plane has a Sikh man sitting behind him
The assassin in the plane has a Sikh man sitting behind him

Well, Mortdecai is an excruciatingly boring movie and it was an absolute torture to sit though, but I kept sitting and watching hoping that I might find some more Sikh gentlemen out there in the background. Maybe I missed some.. but someone else will have to go through the torture of watching Mortdecai again to find them. And if the people who played these roles in the movie come across this article, well contact me by email and we will chat about why the film was so bad 😀

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Where it scored

  • 10 outta 10 for showing the title sequence overlaying on Sikh gentlemen

Where it lost

  • Pretty lame movie. Wish it was better made and was more successful.