The twists and turns in Tamil Nadu politics over the past six months have left people across the state confused, frustrated, and angry. And the tech-savvy are venting out their emotions on social media in the form of several no-holds-barred memes and ‘troll videos’ on YouTube.
Harish Nair recalls how he laughed at a morphed video of the memorable ‘Yeh dosti hum nahi todenge’ (We won’t break this friendship), a song from Hindi blockbuster ‘Sholay’, featuring the bromance between protagonists Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra. The smiling faces of CM Edappadi K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam are superimposed on that of the two actors. Posted by Circusgun, the video opens with a newspaper headline stating that the two AIADMK factions may merge. “I feel politicians are taking us all for a ride,” says Harish, a graphic designer.
A recent meme shows a TN politician falling at the feet of a figure wearing a saffron stole. Another shows caricatures of PM Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah driving a ‘TN Express’ bus and telling a passing by Rajinikanth that they’re “only looking for a conductor”.
Youtube channel Video Memes posted a video of a speech by Sasikala in which she describes herself as a “little lion”. The makers have added popular comedy clips mocking the speech. Many videos lampoon Jayalalithaa’s niece, Deepa Jayakumar’s ambiguous responses at press meets and her husband Madhavan’s flip-flops on support for his wife.
Social media went berserk over TN minister Sellur K Raju’s thermocol experiment to contain evaporation from the Vaigai dam. One meme was a spoof on the famous scene in Baahubali where actor Prabhas carries a giant Shivalingam on his shoulders — here he carries a massive set of thermocol sheets!
A Madras Central video features characters that resemble DMK working president MK Stalin and his father, party president M Karunanidhi. The video parodies an attempt by the son to deliver a speech — he is interrupted several times.
Actor-director Karthik Kumar, who does stand-up comedy, says, “This is a way for us as a people to vent rather than only have to wait to vote. Every meme, every stand-up comedy video or show, and the response to them helps gauge people’s mindsets,” he says. “But it also reflects that young people want to participate more (in the political discourse),” he adds.
One of the most amusing Youtube videos mocking TN politics features the famous scene from film ‘Suriyan’ in which Goundamani pretends to talk on the phone to an “MLA”, with the phone wire cut. When someone calls his bluff, he says, “Arasiyalla ithellam saatharanam appa” (This is all very normal in politics) — a quip that perhaps best echoes the thoughts in the minds of voters in the state.
DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.