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Barbenheimer gets real! Indian theater plays ‘Oppenheimer’ with ‘Barbie’ subtitles

By Grace Cyril: The Hollywood entertainment industry saw a huge clash on July 21 as two of the biggest films of the year, ‘Barbie’ and ‘Oppenheimer’, clashed in theaters on July 21. To amp up the hype, fans even created a new term, ‘Barbenheimer’, a portmanteau of both the films’ names. While both the films are from entirely different worlds, the internet has been abuzz about this crossover. Meanwhile, a theater in India took Barbenheimer quite seriously! A Twitter user claimed that the theater mistakenly played ‘Oppenheimer’ with ‘Barbie’ subtitles.


Both Margot Robbie-Ryan Gosling’s ‘Barbie’ and Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ clashed on July 21. A Twitter user, who goes by the name Sapun, took to the social media app to claim that a movie theater in India played ‘Oppenheimer’ with ‘Barbie’ subtitles. Sharing an image of the same, he wrote, “Friend of my cousin posted on insta that a cinema played Oppenheimer with Barbie subtitles (sic).” The image shows a scene from ‘Oppenheimer’ with subtitles from ‘Barbie’. This has gone viral now.

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Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling are seen in lead roles as Barbie and Ken now. Directed by Greta Gerwig, the film dropped in theaters on July 21. The movie follows Barbie, as she discovers the joys and perils of living in a human world.

The film has a gigantic ensemble cast that also features America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Michael Cera, Ariana Greenblatt, Issa Rae, Rhea Perlman, Will Ferrell, Ana Cruz Kayne, Emma Mackey, Hari Nef, Alexandra Shipp, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Simu Liu, Ncuti Gatwa, Scott Evans, Jamie Demetriou, Connor Swindells, Sharon Rooney, Nicola Coughlan, Ritu Arya, Dua Lipa, and Helen Mirren.


In Christopher Nolan’s film ‘Oppenheimer’, Irish actor Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders) stars as ‘the father of the atomic bomb’, Robert J Oppenheimer. The cast of the film includes Emily Blunt as Oppenheimer’s wife, biologist Kitty Oppenheimer, Matt Damon as Manhattan Project director Lt Leslie Groves Jr, Florence Pugh as Oppenheimer’s ex-fiancee, psychiatrist and physician Jean Tatlock, and Robert Downey Jr as Lewis Strauss, the former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission.

For those unaware, ‘Oppenheimer’ is inspired by the 2005 biography American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J Robert Oppenheimer, written by Kai Bird and Martin J Sherwin. ‘Oppenheimer’ also stars Rami Malek, Gary Oldman, Dane DeHaan, Josh Hartnett, Kenneth Branagh, Matthew Modine, Casey Affleck, Alden Ehrenreich and Jason Clarke.


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