When the U.S. Consulate in New Delhi decided to celebrate 70 years of the U.S. and India’s “dosti,” what they came up with took everyone by surprise.
The irresistible charm of Bollywood songs and dances became evident when the employees at the embassy – as part of the USIndiaDosti initiative – released a 90-second fun clip featuring their officers auditioning for roles in Hindi films by mouthing iconic film dialogues. And the officials, like everyone, know that acting is no cakewalk, and come prepared for several takes.
From everyone’s favorite dialogue in “Sholay,” “Kitne Aadmi The,” to “Om Shanti Om’s” “Ek Chutki Sindoor Ki Kimat, Tum Kya Jaano, Ramesh Babu,” they literally won over everyone who watched the clip posted on their Twitter page with a message that read: “Who loves #Bollywood? We do! Watch our officers audition for their big movie break w/famous Hindi film dialogues! Celebrating #USIndiaDosti.”
Among those who star in the video include U.S. Consul General George Hogeman, U.S. diplomat Karl Adam of Houston, Texas, and another official, Alaina Carlson. Hogeman makes the first appearance and mimics the famous Gabbar Singh dialogue while Adam chooses some of Amitabh Bachchan’s famed dialogues. Carlson channels her inner Deepika Padukone with the “Ek Chutki Sindoor” dialogue.
The hilarious video also hosted a contest for the ‘Best Actor’ by asking, “If you were a #Bollywood director, which of these 3 would get a lead role? Watch their audition video and let us know! #USIndiaDosti.”
The embassy has been without a full-time ambassador since January 2017, when Indian American Richard Verma left, with Chargé d’Affaires MaryKay Loss Carlson heading their public outreach on social media. Kenneth Juster was confirmed by the U.S. Senate Committee to be the next American envoy to India Oct. 27.
The Bollywood audition video was part of the embassy’s month-long initiative to recognize U.S.-India cultural ties. In 2014, the U.S. Senate designated Sept. 30 as the ‘U.S.-India Partnership Day,’ recognizing the contribution of the two countries to one another and the relationship that will continue to help define the 21st century. This coincided with the meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C.
However, as part of this outreach, several videos from the embassy have made their way online, like an American diplomat reciting shayari or the diplomats flying kites, but none have garnered as much attention as the Bollywood skit.
Previously, MaryKay Carlson had sought Twitter’s help while deciding which saree to pick for India’s Independence Day celebration.
Watch the video here: