M.R.S. Sirisena: Narendra Modi's teleprompter fail puts him in hallowed company

PM Narendra Modi became the subject of great Internet hilarity when he took his teleprompter - shall we say - a little too literally.

While greeting visiting Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and his wife, Modi committed quite a gaffe, by calling the visiting first lady, M.R.S. Sirisena. Oh dear.

But the Prime Minister is not the only person to have suffered a moment of teleprompter fail. We take a look at some other incidents, where the teleprompter turned out to be more foe than friend.

Who can forget how John Travolta totally made up a new name for 'Let it go' singer Idina Menzel at the 2014 Oscars?

Or what happened to the director of Transformers, Michael Bay, who walked off stage at the Samsung CEC when his teleprompter failed and he was just unable to wing it. You really have to feel for the emcee on stage, who is suddenly faced with the awkward situation of Bay walking off stage without talking about the Samsung Curve like he was paid to do. Boo Bay boo!

Gwen Stefani didn't know how to correctly pronounce 'Colbert' during the Emmy awards, prompting Jimmy Fallon to run on to the stage, and say that there 'must have been some mistake':

Then this news anchor from a US television station who had no idea what day it was. A little alarming considering she had to kick off the morning show:

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Updated Date: Feb 20, 2015 16:22:57 IST