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Notice something in the above screenshot?

The PC's language is Hindi. Do you have any idea what this means?

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    The alphabet is Devanagari. Whether it is Hindi or Marathi or Sanskrit... That said, the largest bit of text is Saphal lāngani ... and saphal means successful. No idea what lāngani is. I can also see radd kare (meaning Cancel) in the faded button, indicating that it is Hindi. – muru Aug 18 '15 at 21:38
  • @muru Whatever lāngani is, it seems to be what the bluish button a bit further down on the right says, too. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Aug 18 '15 at 23:21
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    @JanusBahsJacquet In all probability, I'd guess somebody messed up (note that I'm deliberately misspelling successful because that somehow causes Google to translate it correctly, but login incorrectly). Also, the frame just before this one has what I'd wager to be unauthorized entry (again, I'm using entry instead of [what I'd think is more natural] access because Google). – muru Aug 19 '15 at 0:16
  • Just stumbled upon to this one while watching the movie.\D – user44746 Aug 19 '15 at 11:55

I'll try to answer each section one by one.

First we have:

Central dialog box

The text here is: सफल लोगनि which is actually wrong. सफल means successful and लोगनि is a typo of "Login".

The line immediately below it actually do not mean anything; that is, they do not form any sensible words.

Below that, we have a misspelled version of "सुरक्षा कोड". सुरक्षा In Hindi is "Security".

So this can be taken as a loose translation of "Security code".

The button below it also spells लोगनि which again is a typo of "Login".

And the button on the left is "रद्द करे" Which reads "Cancel".

So this is your typical login prompt.

The panel on the right:

Right panel

Now this is a sort of status table.

Here you can see "ठीक" Which is "OK" in English.

Then we have "रखरखाव " Which is "maintenance", and then we have "चेतावनी " Which is "Warning".

So you can say this is some sort of a status for a system.

Source: I am a Native Hindi/Marathi speaker from India :P

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    A note here for all movie writers: Nobody actually uses this. Even in India, we have prompts and statuses in English :P – Stark07 Aug 21 '15 at 6:05
  • Yes that's the most intriguing thing here. Nowhere we have hindi UI on or computers . But Mr. Nolan gave this movie a 'specific' touch ;-D – user44746 Aug 21 '15 at 14:07
  • How do you know that Hindi won't grow in digital space in the future? – Beebo Feb 10 '18 at 23:54
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    @Bat I'd love to see it grow, but I doubt the chances. Even in India we prefer such high level system UIs being built in English, mainly because Hindi is NOT spoken all across India. It is just one of the languages India hosts. – Stark07 Feb 13 '18 at 6:15

Logni is not a typo here. Let me explain.

In Devnagri script, there is a concept of Typographic Ligatures. Simply speaking that means, under certain cicumstances, a vowel and a consonant character written as say 'ab' will be rendered slightly differently, sometimes in the opposite order.

Here Login (written in Hindi using the Devnagari equivalents of L-G-N-I (that's the spelling)) will be correctly rendered by the display OS (Windows? maybe) as L-G-I-N.

A classic example was pre Jellybean (4.2) Android where Devnagari script (and other similar scripts) could not be rendered correctly due to the same issue. Post 4.2, Android does it right.

Even now, since I am in India, I see image based ads on websites that have the same issue. They have been created in systems without proper Ligature support.

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It is Successful Login. Actually, the word login is spelled wrong in Devnagri.

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