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My video's funnier than yours: Pakistan, India trade parodies before Cup clash


Oct 19, 2016
A video parodying an Indian air force pilot who was briefly captured by Pakistan earlier this year has gone viral ahead of a highly-anticipated World Cup clash between the two cricket-mad nations.

The 33-second video shows an actor posing as handlebar-moustached Abhinandan Varthaman, who was shot down over Indian-occupied Kashmir earlier this year and held briefly by Pakistan.

He was released in a “peace gesture” aimed at defusing tensions between the nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours.

Before his release, Pakistan Army aired a video showing Varthaman in custody, sipping tea and politely refusing to answer questions.

His politeness — and praise of the “fantastic” tea — saw him catapulted to hero status in India.

The latest video comes as mercurial Pakistan gear up to meet giants India at the World Cup in Manchester on Sunday.

The footage shows an actor with a moustache nearly as impressive as Varthaman's.

When asked: “What you are going to opt for after winning the toss? Who is in playing eleven?” he responds cordially with Varthaman's now-famous “I am not supposed to tell you that, sir”.

At the end of the video, the pilot gets up to leave — but the interrogator quickly asks him to “leave the cup”, a clear reference to the trophy.

The video, shared hundreds of thousands of times on social media, ends with the hashtag #LetsBringTheCupHome.

It has provoked some ire in India, prompting a slightly more sinister video described as a “counter ad” depicting an Indian pulling a gun on a Pakistani before shooting his motorcycle tyre and warning him not to cross Indian cricket fans.

Most received the pilot video with good humour, however.

“Let them keep the 'chai ka cup' only, we'll get the World Cup,” tweeted Indian fan Mainak Mitra.

The latest videos follow a history of cheeky advertisements released in both India and Pakistan around big matches.

During the 2015 World Cup an Indian sports channel ran a famous “Moka Moka (Opportunity)” advertisement which mocked Pakistani fans for their team's inability to beat India at the World Cup.

In 2017, when Pakistan dramatically beat India in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy, another video showed Pakistanis handing tissues to Indian fans.

Some find the hype exasperating.

“It's only cricket for God sake,” tweeted Indian tennis star Sania Mirza, who is married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, after the most recent video.

Pakistan are currently in eighth position at the World Cup in England, where the final will be played on July 14. India are third.



Feb 21, 2016
They've killed the other thread I guess.
Well some kind of healthy rivallery exists everywehere in sports in the world. Wether its UK vs France or Holland vs Germany, USA vs Canada, they make fun of their archrivals and what better way to get the message abroad than to make a controvercial commercial or a video. Sometime it's done in good taste but in case of India and Pakistan its the usual cheap rhetorics.


Apr 29, 2019
United Kingdom
This childish game started by India with their Mouka mouka ad and father son shit
Pakistan only trolled them in response
Not to mention "how's the josh?" ...I mean these Indian bstrddds actually cracked bollywood jokes over an act of war.

I advise all Pakistanis to analyse the Indian twitter celebrations word for word. They did NOT state anything like "good that terrorists are dead", but they directed insults at the sovereign nation state of Pakistan and made a crude Bollywood taunt when it was believed by them that Pakistanis, whether perceived terrorists, real terrorists, military or even quite possibly KIDS in a religious seminary had been killed. They wanted war with Pakistan, NOT just some stateless "terrorists" as they have brainwashed the west into believing. The reason of course they want war with the national of Pak, not just some terrorists, is clear to all observers.

I feel less sympathy for Indians every single time they show their true hatred for all Pakistani life on the internet.

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