• Atalbihari Baddar

Top 10 people who can help us understand Tenet, a Christopher Nolan movie

Updated: Jan 29

Tenet, the latest puzzle by Christopher Nolan for movie lovers is quite mystifying. Not surprising if you have already seen his earlier movies. The movie is thrilling, inventive and action-packed, but demands great level of concentration, attention to details, understanding of science, theories, and theorems and all such things together.


With the fast paced plot, with time based concept, it becomes tough to keep track of who is moving forward in time, who is moving backwards in time, and when exactly incidents are taking place.

TENET A Christopher Nolan movie
TENET A Christopher Nolan movie

Tenet as a word, the hero, the Protagonist (John David Washington) comes to learn, Tenet is the name given to the secret organisation tasked with preventing the temporal apocalypse. Tenet takes place across today, tomorrow, yesterday, and a number of points in-between.


It is the most brain-draining movie, similar to his earlier movies like Inception and Interstellar. You need multiple viewings (alone or group), discussions (over a Pint/Coffee/Tea), and finally a detailed whiteboard session to convince yourself that you have understood it.



We watched it, tried looking at internet to understand concepts of Inversion, a Temporal Pincer Movement, Sator Square, Arepo, Opera, Rotes etc. But yet to grasp the plot. 🙄


In our view, following top 10 people from India will be able to understand the movie and explain exactly what is Tenet all about.


1. Dushyant played by actor Deven Bhojani in Sarabhai vs Sarabhai

He is our first choice when it comes to explain the most complicated things. He will simply say ‘I'll explain’ or ‘Let me explain’ with a cold look at you and proceed.

Dushyant played by actor Deven Bhojani in Sarabhai vs Sarabhai
Dushyant played by actor Deven Bhojani in Sarabhai vs Sarabhai

Even if he explains, there is a chance of us being Madhusudan Fufa 😁


Madhusudan Fufa in Sarabhai vs Sarabhai
Madhusudan Fufa in Sarabhai vs Sarabhai



2. Chintu, the wonder kid from WhiteHatJr TVC


Chintu, a 6 year old kid, who has built an app which made seasonal investors queue and fight outside his house.


If at such a young age smart Chintu has done such marvel, rest assured, he can explain Tenet to us 🤠

Chintu, the wonder kid from WhiteHatJr TVC
Chintu, the wonder kid from WhiteHatJr TVC


3. Praful and Hansa From 'Khichdi'


Hansa: Praful "Tenet" matlab ??? Praful: Tenet Hansaaa .... Jab hum holiday mein Rajasthan jaate hai and wo chote kapade ke room me rahete hai .... Osse hum kya bolte hai? Hansa: "Tnaet" ... "Tant ... " ... Tent ...achha Tenet!

Praful and Hansa From 'Khichdi'
Praful and Hansa From 'Khichdi'

They got it. We got it. Tenet is that easy.


4. Dr. Vaseegaran, (played by Rajinikanth) in Enthiran

We deeply feel, Dr. Vaseegaran, who is specialised in robotics, created super smart Chitti robot after a decade of intensive research can easily explain Tenet to us 😎

Dr. Vaseegaran, (played by Rajinikanth) in Enthiran
Dr. Vaseegaran, (played by Rajinikanth) in Enthiran


5. Rahul Baba


He has mastered the art of explaining difficult concepts in most simplified ways. He is our preferred choice in case of getting Tenet explained to the mass.


He can write a kind of ‘Tenet For Dummies’ for us.


6. Ranchoddas Shamaldas Chanchad aka Phunsukh Wangdu aka Rancho Played by Aamir Khan in 3 Idiots


Who else? He will simply say ‘Aal Izz Well’ and explain Tenet to us like a pro.

Ranchoddas Shamaldas Chanchad aka Phunsukh Wangdu aka Rancho Played by Aamir Khan in 3 Idiots
Ranchoddas Shamaldas Chanchad aka Phunsukh Wangdu aka Rancho Played by Aamir Khan in 3 Idiots

7. Chatur Ramalingam or "The Silencer" played by Omi Vaidya from 3 Idiots


Chatur Ramalingam or "The Silencer" played by Omi Vaidya from 3 Idiots
Chatur Ramalingam or "The Silencer" played by Omi Vaidya from 3 Idiots

Chatur, Who else?


Look at his knowledge and you will understand why he is the best fit to explain Tenet


Chatur Ramalingam aka 'Silencer' : A weaker one sounds like a train. The weakest fart is a silent killer.

Chatur Ramalingam aka 'Silencer' : Sir: Machines are any combination of bodies so connected that their relative motions are constrained, and by which means force and motion may be transmitted and modified, as a screw and its nut, or a lever arranged to turn about a fulcrum or a pulley about its pivot, et cetera; especially, a construction, more or less complex, consisting of a combination of moving parts or simple mechanical elements, as wheels, levers, cams et cetera.


He will explain the right Tenet, unless these guys change the script 😂




8. Amar Akbar Anthony, by Filmmaker Manmohan Desai aka Manji


Filmmaker Manmohan Desai aka Manji, as he was popularly known, directed and wrote plots with bizarre twists and yet the viewers never questioned his unflinching madness.


He made us believe in concepts like ‘Three brothers donate blood to a woman they don’t know is their mother’ and ‘A blind Nirupa Roy gets her eyesight back miraculously’.


Amar Akbar Anthony, by Filmmaker Manmohan Desai aka Manji
Amar Akbar Anthony, by Filmmaker Manmohan Desai aka Manji

We categorically believe, if we watch Manji's movies, we may get closer to crack the concept of Tenet on our own.


9. Old is Gold, Ajit – The Famous Villain


We all know about the late Ajit, the famous villain in 70’s and his famous dialogues. One of his dialoge is very famous and made a way for many ‘Ajit’ Jokes.


"esse Liquid Oxygen main daal do, ... oxygen isse marne nahin dega aur ... liquid isse jene nahin dega"


After watching Tnet, he may say Mona Daaaarling "esse Tenet main daal do, ... plot isse marne nahin dega aur ... time isse jene nahin dega" 🤗


Old is Gold, Ajit – The Famous Villain
Old is Gold, Ajit – The Famous Villain

With that deep sense of science, we think Lion aka Teja will be able to explain Tenet better.



10. Sampoornesh Babu aka Sampu, The Burning Star


He kills villain with a banana, creates a life size heart and delivers inside an operation theatre and gets out of dead. He is another best fit who can explain Tenet with equal profound logic.

Sampoornesh Babu  aka Sampu, The Burning Star
Sampoornesh Babu aka Sampu, The Burning Star

Well, this was a list of those 10 guys who can explain Tenet to us in most simplified manner.



We thought of adding a name in this article which you SHOULD NOT consider understanding Tenet from.


He is smart, verbose and intelligent.


He must have understood Tenet in first attempt (In fact he might have helped Christopher Nolan in coining few difficult words too), but while explaining he may complicate it to the core so even Christopher Nolan can get stunned.


Yes, you are right. Don’t consider beloved Shashi Tharoor to get Tnet explained.

The charming Shashi Tharoor
The charming Shashi Tharoor

For those who don’t believe us, read his tweets. 🤗


We have posted below few for your exasperating farrago of distortions.






Internet whispers


We all know how much our very own Akshay Kumar loves to remake movies. He may make a remake of Tenet for the Desi audience. The movie name could be TriNetra त्रिनेत्र (3 eyes).


Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar

Till then, Watch Tenet again. Have discussions (over a Pint/Coffee/Tea) with friends and dear ones, try a detailed whiteboard session to convince yourself and others that you have understood it.


We are doing it. 😁