ON A boring, dreary Thursday afternoon, Abhishek Dhoundiyal – a 19-year-old student of Kirori Mal College — was on his way home in the Delhi Metro when his day turned around. Two boys dressed in bright clothes and armed with a portable speaker suddenly began dancing to current pop favourite, ‘Cheap Thrills’ by internationally known musicians Sean Paul and Sia.
As a crowd gathered around the two boys, Dhoundiyal did what most social media users do in such situations — he recorded their performance and posted it on his Facebook profile. Within 24 hours, the video raked in close to 1.5 lakh views, and was shared 3,000 times.
“The performance only lasted from Vishwavidyalaya station to the next stop, which was Vidhan Sabha station. The whole coach seemed to have enjoyed it. I have seen YouTube videos of such acts in trains in New York but never in India,” says Dhoundiyal, amused at the viral status of the video.
The foot-tapping tune of the song and the boys’ funny moves, as they attempted the naagin dance, break dance as well some bhangra makes for a minute-long funny video. “I didn’t know them. But some people recognised one of them as Harsh Beniwal,” says Dhoundiyal. Beniwal, a serial Vine-maker (vines are short, funny videos), orchestrated the act with four more friends for a video for his YouTube channel, ‘Hass Le India’.
“In the Metro, we often see how stressed out people are or how tired they are. This way, we thought of relieving them off some of that tension, making them laugh and pumping up energy levels,” says 20-year-old Beniwal, a third year student of IP University. He was joined in the dance by his cousin, Virat, while the other three friends recorded the reactions of commuters.