While it has been mainly the visuals related to violence in Kashmir that go viral on social media, these youngsters from the Valley have, for a change, recreated an iconic scene from blockbuster Sholay in their own style and took the social media by storm.
The clip which was shot in the open fields on the outskirts of Srinagar, starts with popular dialogue kitnay aadmi thay as one of the boys play the role of Daku Gabbar Singh. Other young boys donning traditional Phirans play his army of dacoits. The scene has been dubbed on the real soundtrack. Interestingly, the boys are seen wielding sticks in place of guns, in the trouble-torn region where otherwise guns and grenades often reverberate during encounters between militants and security forces.
The creative team say that the idea to do the Sholay scene is the brainchild of the boy playing Gabbar. However, they don’t want to reveal their identity. “All we can say about ourselves is that we are students of upto class 12th and made this video during leisure,” the boys told InUth.
Asked why they want to conceal their identity, the response is witty. “We don’t want to land in trouble for having done anything wrong.”
The youth say their idea was only to see if their creativity gets good response on the social media. “But the response has been overwhelming as within first few hours we got around 10,000 views and people subsequently started sharing it on Whatsapp etc and now we feel a bit nervous just because every next person says he saw our video.”
Interestingly, two months ago a similar viral video showed Kashmiri youth dancing on a popular Bhojpuri number Tu Laga Lay Jab Lipstick.
Mental health experts relate the trend of creating entertaining stuff with natural response to unrest of 2016 when over 90 persons died and over 15,000 were wounded. “This seems to be sort of stress busting to come out of the shock of that violence,” says a psychiatrist.
Psychologists hold similar opinion. “Basically given the situation here at times one reaches a level of saturation. It is one of the ways people cope up with situations,” says Dr Javaid Geelani, a prominent psychologist in Kashmir.