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Gulzaar, Rahman, Chaiyya Chaiyya & outreach of Indian music in International forum

April 19, 2011 12:36:41 PM IST
Enkayaar, Glamsham Editorial
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Rahman may not have won Oscars for his latest international offering 127 HOURS, he would indeed be pleased to know that his all time favourite song that started the trend of item songs in the modern times Chaiyya Chaiyya in the modern times has become a rage in Indonesia. The feeling of exultation would be savoured by all the stakeholders of the song, be it Rahman, Gulzar, Sukhwinder, Sunidhi Chauhan or the choreographer Farah Khan, as the thump and zing of the music has captivated whole of Indonesia.

The incident has happened in Gorantalo, a province in Indonesia where a mobile squad police officer danced to the music of Chaiyya Chaiyya, sort of interpreting whole dance movements in his own manner and posted it on the YouTube. After it was posted, the video has really caught the imagination of the public and has become a rage, receiving more than 3 million hits. Obviously, authorities of police tried to clamp down on the video as also gag the cop, but this action caught the imagination of the nation and forced the authorities to buckle down, and do away with the idea of initiating action against the cop.


Now Chaiyya Chaiyya has become anthem of Indonesia to which whole country is grooving. Indeed, it is underlining the outreach of social media in the present times, where it can turn a non-entity into a superstar, if the act committed by that nobody catches their imagination. Social media so far was effectively being used as a tool against social repression, as a medium of popular revolt etc., as it happened in India in Anna Hazare's case, but it is for the first time that a performance on the YouTube has made a star out of nobody. The concerned policeman is now become so-popular that he is being invited to talk shows, and talk is in the air that he is going to cut an album as well.

The tremendous stress under which police officials work all over the world, such kind of outlier moments indeed provide the much needed relief as also underline the fact that police personnel are also humane. Many a talent is hidden beneath these uniforms, as it was demonstrated the other day in Preity Zinta's game show, Guinness Book of World Records, where two cops were invited to demonstrate their skills in handcuffing the criminals. These kinds of Outlier moments indeed would break the ice between the common man and the police and act of policing indeed would become humane, that after all is the effect obtained by injecting a dose of music into their stiff upper lives. May such moments become shinning beacons for Indian policemen as well?

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