Ever since the demonetisation decision was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8, there has been a great influx of jokes and memes. From what can be done with the abolished Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, to spoof videos (remember the Ae Dil Hai Muskil title track version?). Well, if you have enjoyed the rest you cannot miss this one.
A Youtube video has gone viral with the title, “Hitler finds out about Demonetisation”. The hilarious video with the relevant subtitles is simply spot on! The clipping used in the spoof is part of the Austrian film – Der Untergang (Downfall). In the original film the sequence depicts when Adolf Hitler is informed by his troops about their loses during the Second World War. Knowing about the ground reality, the Nazi commander asks his men to leave except the top officials. This in the parody video is brilliantly used to demarcate those using ‘debit cards’!
Once the gathering is restricted to a few important members, Hitler bursts out in rage and this has been brilliantly transformed into rage against PM Modi. Using Mein Furher on numerous occasions, it’s amazing how the creator has used to communicate various aspects of the demonetisation. From long lines at banks to exchange limits, everything has been spoken about in this video. There is even a quip about Modi giving fascists a bad name – reference to the school of thought that compares the Prime Minister with certain other world leaders of the past.
No wonder the ‘Hitler reacts to…’ video has been one of the most popular memes over the past decade! In fact, it’s first known meme is said to date as far back as 2006.
Finally, in the video when he sits and accepts about the defeat the in the original film the subtitles reads, “We have to follow these stupid rules, we are helpless. This is a grand disaster.” But the best part of the video is when he says “All of you must buy smartphones and download the PayTM app and start shopping from Big basket, Spencers, Reliance…” and culminates to “Get me a Jio sim card.”
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