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Pahlaj Nihalani's Modi song is anything but desi: this Twitter listicle proves it

Durga M Sengupta | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 8:54 IST

If you're watching this song for the first time, chances are you might miss some serious awesomeness hidden in a burst of colour meant to blind you.

But watch it again and you will see India in a new light. Or you won't see India at all.

That's right, for a song titled Mera Desh Hai Mahaan, the irony as pointed out by Twitter user @sandygrains is pretty great here. The chief of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), popularly known as Censor Board for obvious reasons, Pahlaj Nihalani has belted out what is possibly the most entertaining Modi-deshbhakti song we could have ever imagined. [I mean, just look at that screenshot.]

Unfortunately for him though, more than the lyrics that scream out his love for Swachh Bharat, it's the video that's stellar. Right from the three male Hindu-Muslim-Christian representatives with all their stereotypes intact, to the schoolchildren, to Modi himself trying out the Lord Shiva pose, everything is just swell.

But nothing, I repeat, nothing, beats the fact that most of these 'Mera Bharat' shots are more like 'Mera US' or 'Mera Dubai'.

Thank you, @sandygrains. You've really made our Sunday.

Of course, we found some more questionable shots.

Guessing games, anyone?


Whoa look, Superman! Let's take a shot of him and call him Shaktimaan?


This is supposed to be a gaon in the song. Yep.


Hmm. Nope.


Could totally be India. Or a YRF film shot. But we're doubting everything now.


Oh hullo, Windows 98 wallpaper. Didn't know you were desi.

We know you want to watch the video now. Look no further.

You're welcome.

First published: 15 November 2015, 4:05 IST
Durga M Sengupta @the_bongrel

Feminist and culturally displaced, Durga tries her best to live up to her overpowering name. She speaks four languages, by default, and has an unhealthy love for cheesy foods. Assistant Editor at Catch, Durga hopes to bring in a focus on gender politics and the role in plays in all our interactions.