Why Pahlaj Nihalani's video about PM Modi might secretly be a spoof

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With friends like these, who needs enemies?

This expression has arguably never been more true than when it comes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The PM has many MPs, ministers and allies such as Sakshi Maharaj, Yogi Adityanath, VK Singh, Giriraj Singh, Shatrughan Sinha, Kailash Vijayvargiya, Uddhav Thackeray, among others, who seem to be hell-bent on spoiling the image of the PM and his government.

The latest to join this list is Pahlaj Nihalani, whose appointment as the chief of Central Board of Film Certification had sparked a debate on whether the entertainment industry is being saffronised.

In a “song dedicated by Pahlaj Nihalani”, the CBFC chief went all out to ensure that the whole country knows about his immense love for the Prime Minister. According to Huffington Post, The video titled ‘Mera Desh Hai Mahan‘ is playing in theatres across the country during interval of Salman Khan-starrer Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (probably to ensure everyone leaves the theatre to have some snacks).

Nihalani went so overboard in expressing his admiration for the PM that the video actually seems like a spoof.

Among some of the things shown in the video is a photoshopped image of PM Modi doing yoga atop some mountain. After seeing the Prime Minister doing yoga, a bunch of children in the video shout: “Modi Kaka!”

After the children shout, “Modi Kaka!” for the second time, the PM magically disappears. Yes, you read that right.

The video has tried to suggest that PM Modi has some very cool superpowers, maybe like the teleportation superpower of X-Men’s Nightcrawler.

Still not convinced that the video might secretly be a spoof?

If the quality of editing in the video which suddenly inserts an abnormally muscular man singing praises for the PM in front of Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee and US President Barack Obama is not enough evidence, then maybe the fact that some of the locations shown in the video are actually not from India might convince you.

Yes, a video titled ‘Mera Desh Hai Mahan‘ (My country is great) doesn’t even show locations in India. This was pointed out by Sandhya Ramesh on Twitter.

That’s expressway construction in Dubai. pic.twitter.com/S7gC0cso7E

– Sandy (@sandygrains) November 15, 2015

That’s the US Air Force’s Tomcat. pic.twitter.com/pg2GgssnTM

– Sandy (@sandygrains) November 15, 2015

That’s Moscow’s International Business Centre. pic.twitter.com/FA2RxVLFtg

– Sandy (@sandygrains) November 15, 2015

That’s Japan’s HTV-3 exiting the ISS. pic.twitter.com/bTXNICpOiA

– Sandy (@sandygrains) November 15, 2015

That’s NASA’s Atlantis space shuttle with the NASA logo photoshopped out. pic.twitter.com/fSBjyFPKYW

– Sandy (@sandygrains) November 15, 2015

That’s most std ever stock photo of “solar panels & wind turbines” from California. I mean even *i* have used this. pic.twitter.com/FSEjLBhGTn

– Sandy (@sandygrains) November 15, 2015

That’s the International Space Station, FFS. You can’t point at it, put a lion on it, & say “Yeh kamal hai Modi ka.” pic.twitter.com/ThpQg5kpTf

– Sandy (@sandygrains) November 15, 2015

That’s the Discovery shuttle. At least find stuff people can’t recognise on sight. pic.twitter.com/g4hP3RdndY

– Sandy (@sandygrains) November 15, 2015

And the video scores brownie points for being one of the worst propaganda videos with cheesy lines like ‘Pita aur beti ki selfie se maa ka swabhimaan badhaana hai‘ and ‘jahaan yoga se ho din ka aarambh, koi rog kahaan phir hona hai‘.

Maybe Pahlaj Nihalani thought that the people foolish enough to watch Prem Ratan Dhan Payo would also be foolish enough to fall for this video with ridiculously high levels of flattery.

But as it turns out, this video has become another reason of embarrassment for the government. Some celebrities from Bollywood called the video “an obscene form of flattery”, according to ABPLive.

“How blatant, obscene and jarring can this get? There has to be at least some sanctity of the chair a person holds,” the report quoted filmmaker Mukesh Bhatt as saying.

Let’s at least hope that the way this video (or an unintentional spoof) backfired on Nihalani, will discourage him from making any more of these abominations.

You can watch the whole video here

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