The WTF Friday Video of the Week: Aatank — The Bollywood Jaws Rip-off!

Imagine if you will a Bollywood version of Jaws filled with musical numbers, violent action sequences, and shark attacks featuring what looks like a toy shark bought from a dollar store attacking toy boats that also look like something out of a toy box. Imagine no more – Aatank exists!

This week’s WTF Friday video is the final four minutes from the Hindi shark epic Aatank. Sorry, no song and dance numbers during the climax, but as someone who has seen the film in its entirety, I can assure you there is no shortage of that which Bollywood is most famous for. The plot remains very much in the vein of Jaws with an added subplot about murderous pearl smugglers (just in case you’re wondering who that mustachioed villain in the motorboat is getting skewered). Never released in the US. Not available in any subtitled format. Odds are it will remain that way – with good reason.

Keep in mind as you watch this and all of its state-of-the-art special effects work that Aatank was made in 1996. 1996!

And, yes, that high-pitched trumping wail you keep hearing is the shark’s roar.

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  • Vanvance1

    Trust me, the only way an Indian movie is watchable is if a very pretty Indian girl is sitting beside you and you are watching her half the time instead.

  • Cash Bailey

    Holy crap!! I think Mattei’s CRUEL JAWS has just been surpassed as the shittiest ‘sharksploitation’ movie ever made.

  • AngryChairr

    That. was. brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!

    We need more sharks eating helicopters then reenacting the finale to Free Willy.

  • Cinemascribe

    I’m going to go ahead and introduce what I call the Shark Movie Axiom: “Audiences abhor when the shark can roar.”

    I’m not trying to take this clip seriously at all,but the truth is this particular mistake annoys the crap out of me because it’s so blatantly stupid. No one buys a roaring shark. It doesn’t add any element of menace and will always come across as ludicrous since any sentient being who has reached the age of reason knows sharks don’t have the capacity to vocalize. I would have thought that this was effectivly demonstrated by the epic low tide of crap that is known as Jaws: The Revenge but, lo and behold, here we are.

    What, did Bruno Mattei move to India and get a brand new bag or something?

    “I’m saying that I’m an insect who dreamt he was a man…and loved it. But now the dream is over..and the insect is awake.” – Seth Brundle

  • The Buz

    I would love to own this.

  • PelusaMG

    I got a headache after 2 minutes… I could never watch this, as fun/crazy as it seems!

  • doubleh55

    I think it’s still around but On Demand shows all sorts of Bollywood films and I remember them showing this one.

  • perihelion

    Hey, this almost seem like an indian movie that actually could be watchable 🙂