We’re betting that right now, some kid is having a nightmare in which they keep growing more and more teeth, endless rows of them, and the dentist has to keep twisting them out of their skull over and over again until the end of time.
With that in mind, allow us to introduce you to Ashik Gavai. Having suffered from a swollen jaw and severe pain for 18 months, Gavai, a 17-year-old student in India, finally gained access to the dental department at Mumbai’s JJ Hospital. His father was worried that his jaw pain was cancer, and technically he was right, but this particular cancer was teeth. Over 200 freaking teeth, all jammed in his mouth like he was trying to smuggle several sets of dentures through an airport security checkpoint.
“Wait a minute, Cracked,” you might be saying, “I’m no mouth bone doctor, but don’t humans normally have, like, 32 teeth?” Generally, yes. However, Gavai suffered from a rare non-malignant dental tumor known in scientific terms as a “composite odontoma,” and in layman’s terms as “a horror movie curse that turns your mouth into a tooth fountain.”
As you can probably assume, Gavai’s smackers were tightly packed, so dentists were unable to reach the extra teeth with contemporary dental tools. So, tearing a page out of our collective nightmare diary, they began the operation by chipping away at Gavai’s jaw with a hammer and chisel.
Left: The Color of Pomegranates (Sayat Nova) by Sergei Parajanov
Middle : Ashik Kerib by Sergei Parajanov
Right: The Legend of Suram Fortress by Sergei Parajanov
Sergei Parajanov is a famous Armenian director born in Georgia. The Colour of Pomegranates, his most famous film, is a biographical movie about the legendary Armenian bard Sayat Nova. It explores Armenian culture and history.
Ashik Kerib, his last complete movie, based on the short story by Mikhail Lermontov which on itself was based on a popular folk tale about the Azeri Ashug Garib detailed aspects of Azerbaijani culture . It was shot in the Sheki Khan Palace and uses Mugham by Alim Qasimov in the soundtrack, which adds a lot to the movie’s feel.
The Legend of Suram Fortress is Parajanov’s version of a popular Georgian folk tale collected by Daniel Chonkadze. This film explores Georgian culture and history in Parajanov’s unique style.
In a case of what is clearly the most horrible, odontophobia-inducing thing I’ve seen all day, Indian teenager Ashik Gavai has a record-breaking two hundred and thirty two teeth pulled from a benign tumour in his jaw bone.