Mahanth S. Joishy is Editor of usindiamonitor
Recently I came across some YouTube videos by Jaby Koay, an American dude with a channel focused on movie trailer reaction videos. What makes this channel special is an impressively wide collection of Bollywood reactions. Basically, he and his lovable co-hosts watch trailers and react in the types of humorous and perplexed ways you would expect for Americans to react to Bollywood as they dig into India’s bizarre, disturbing, unique, and entertaining film industry: with a combination of WTF? / OMG she’s hot! / why?! / don’t!?!
While some Indians may find this patronizing, I would argue to the contrary. Jaby’s channel is creating a virtual bridge between American millennials and the wonderful world of Bollywood. It also gives Indian folks a window into how Americans might view Bollywood. This is exactly the kind of disarming “soft diplomacy” the two countries need. Beyond all of that, there is also a cause. And YOU can join this cause.
Like many Americans, Jaby has been exposed to Bollywood megastar Priyanka Chopra thanks to her work on the American TV series, Quantico. He also did a reaction video to one of her films Jai Gangaajal, which is a great representation of why these are fun, whether you like Bollywood or not:
Jaby took things a bit further by expressing an (understandable) desire to marry Priyanka and have her babies. He even created a 5-step plan to make this goal a reality. The first step: he wants to grab her attention with 1 million subscribers. You can help!
And just for giggles, watch the hilarious response (and response-response) to the 5 step plan from a YouTube threesome called Obnoxious Indians:
Ah… to be young, in love, and connected in a globalized world. When I was a kid all we had were pen pals.
Thanks to Komal Keni for bringing this channel to my attention.