No Ab­hi­nan­dan to Pak chan­nel’s cricket spoof

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - —ANI

New Delhi: A Pak­istani TV chan­nel’s cricket World Cup ad­ver­tise­ment us­ing IAF Wing Com­man­der Ab­hi­nan­dan Varthaman as a prop is be­ing widely slammed by so­cial me­dia users, who have out­rightly dismissed the gim­mick.

This comes as the In­dian and Pak­istani teams are all set to face off in the Cricket World Cup 2019 in Eng­land’s Old Traf­ford on June 16.

“Shame­ful for Pak­istan to mock our hero #Ab­hi­nan­dan ahead of #INDVSPAK World Cup cricket game. We need to re­tal­i­ate!” tweeted busi­ness ty­coon Harsh Goenka.

The ad­ver­tise­ment is a spoof on the video re­leased by Pak­istani mil­i­tary dur­ing Ab­hi­nan­dan’s brief cap­tiv­ity in the coun­try.

Don­ning the Team In­dia colours, the ac­tor who plays Ab­hi­nan­dan ap­pears to have a black­ened face, point­ing to­wards the racist un­der­tones of the short clip re­leased by a Pak­istani chan­nel Jazz TV.

He’s also sport­ing the


trade­mark Ab­hi­nan­dan gun­slinger mous­tache, and hold­ing a cup of tea. He’s asked a volley of ques­tions like what In­dia will do if they win the toss or who’s in the play­ing XI, to which he replies, “I’m sorry, I’m not sup­posed to tell you that, sir,” in heav­ily ac­cented English which seems to be mock­ing In­dian speak­ers of the lan­guage.

“This is dis­gust­ing!! #IAF pi­lot #Ab­hi­nan­dan sir is a hero!! In­dia will teach Pak­istan its les­son in World Cup match,” another Twit­ter user wrote while re­act­ing to the ad­ver­tise­ment.

“This is Shame­ful for Pak­istan to mock our hero Ab­hi­nan­dan. You Have no right to dis­re­spect our Army...” another Twit­ter user said.

The ac­tor is asked to leave to­wards the end of the widely slammed clip, not be­fore the nar­ra­tor stops and takes the teacup away from him. Another user said, “Pak­istan can­not do any­thing in the name of Ab­hi­nan­dan Varthaman. They do not have the right to do it. Also, they are only ca­pa­ble of tak­ing the teacup, not the World Cup.”


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