At a time when Alia Bhatt memes were doing the rounds almost everywhere and even a page dedicated to her ‘Oops’ moment on Koffee with Karan (where she stated that Prithviraj Chauhan is the President of India) sprung up on Facebook, Bhatt took things confidently in her stride and was seen talking about these memes at a few promotional events. But little did her fans know that within months, a hilarious video would take over the web, pronouncing the actress as a genius. Podcast and vlog creators All India Bak**** (AIB) recently released a video titled Genius of the Year, which has Bhatt taking potshots at herself and opting for brain enlargement sessions (Yes! You heard that right). While this makes Alia the first actress in India to opt for a collaboration like this, Bollywood celebrities and online spoofs, including the ones in the form of memes, videos and posters among others pretty much go hand in hand these days, thus giving rise to a new breed of creative minds, who have carved a niche of their own in the web world. Let’s take a look at some of the popular ones:
The Viral Fever
Undoubtedly one of the most popular Bollywood spoof channels on YouTube, The Viral Fever was launched a few years ago by Arunabh Kumar, who after a brief stint with MTV, launched his own channel to showcase original spoofs of popular television shows, films among others. Although TVF, with their tagline – Sab Qtiyapa Hai, first got noticed with their spoof video of Roadies, titled Rowdies, they shot to fame at a later stage with their hilarious dubbed spoof of Ishq wala love from Student of the Year. Titled Gaane waala song, the spoof had members of the TVF singing over the instrumental of the original song, with crazy lyrics overtaking the soft, romantic words that are a part of the real deal. With over 6.5 lakh subscribers and 70 spoofs ranging from CID (as KID) to Jai Ho (as Bhai Ho!) and even one which stars Anurag Kashyap, the 23 member team of TVF is surely having the last laugh.
Minimal Bollywood Posters
In just two years, Akshar Pathak, founder of Minimal Bollywood Posters, has made it a brand which stands out for its quirky take on film posters and iconic Bollywood celebrities. The 24 – year – old graphic designer started off by creating posters, which includes just one or two elements associated with the film. Pathak was inspired by a few minimalist posters made by Toronto based artist Ibraheem Youssef for Quentin Tarantino’s films and that’s how Minimal Bollywood Posters was born. Although initially, he just preferred to put up a few posters for fun, they went viral, taking Pathak’s brand page on Facebook to 1.8 lakh likes. Some of the most popular posters from their stable include the ones on Hera Pheri, 3 Idiots, Vicky Donor among others, while their new experiment of translating international film posters in Bhojpuri is also gaining popularity. Kill Dill as Maar Bilwa Ke, anyone?
The Vigil Idiots
Noticed those stick thin figures with hilarious dialogue boxes on a blogpost? Well, chances are that you were reading Sahil Rizwan’s popular posts on his blog, The Vigil Idiot. His posts have also made it on the Mumbai Mag website, where Rizwan puts up film reviews in a comic strip format,
with hilarious dialogues between the characters in the film. The illustration and jokes will leave you in splits. Some of his most popular reviews include that of The Xpose, Heartless, Jai Ho among others.
Comprising of stand-up comedians Tanmay Bhat, Rohan Joshi, Ashish Shakya and Gursimran Khamba, All India Bak**** is essentially a podcast, which also has an extremely popular channel on YouTube with the same name. The team, which already has close to 5.5 lakh likes on Facebook and around the same number of subscribers on YouTube, is well known for videos that range from satires to spoofs. While some may carry a message, like in the case of Rape: It’s Your Fault in collaboration with Kalki Koechlin and Juhi Pande, which focused on how women are often blamed by certain sections of the society for enticing men in rape cases; a few others like Good ole Bollywood, took a dig at how production houses in Bollywood refuse to take parodies sportingly (after Yash Raj Films refused to pass their parody on Dhoom 3), as opposed to the west.
While there is no particular blog that solely caters to memes on Bollywood, there are several memes based on celebrities that have become viral. This year, it started off with Yami Gautam memes, where funnymen took a dig at her Fair and Lovely commercials. The next victim was actor Tiger Shroff, who even got a Facebook page dedicated to his jokes. But it was Alia Bhatt who took the cake, who was royally trolled across all social media platforms, before the AIB video came to her rescue.