“Well Arabs do love Indian movies a lot…”
In a heartwarming display of cultural integration, a viral video captures Saudi Arabian men dancing to a Shah Rukh Khan chartbuster, specifically ‘Chammak Challo’ from Ra.One.
Taking place during a wedding, the men dance and genuinely enjoy themselves.
Not only do they dance but they also sing the lyrics.
Shared on Instagram by @riyadhconnect, the video has rapidly gained momentum across social media platforms.
This phenomenon not only underscores the global appeal of Bollywood but also emphasises its ability to transcend cultural boundaries.
The song choice adds a distinctive touch to the celebratory atmosphere.
What sets this video apart is the genuine joy exhibited by the attendees.
Beyond just dancing, the wedding guests showcase their deep connection to the song by singing along loudly, highlighting the universal language of music and the profound impact of Bollywood’s soft power in fostering cross-cultural connections.
The video received over 500,000 likes and many took to the comments section to express praise.
One said: “Well Arabs do love Indian movies a lot…”
Another wrote: “Yo habibi, welcome to India.”
A third commented: “The power of Indian music.”
One person, who presumably had not heard ‘Chammak Challo’ before, wrote:
“This song goes hard.”
However, there were some who did not appreciate the men dancing to the Bollywood song, with one comment reading:
“Shame on them.”
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In recent weeks, the track has re-entered the spotlight due to it being in viral videos.
Himani Thapliyal catapulted to social media stardom with her mesmerising dance rendition of the 2011 track.
Although the video was posted in December 2023, it has only just gone viral as it showcases Himani’s flawless moves.
Surpassing 13.6 million views on Instagram, the video continues to captivate audiences, with an enduring appeal that extends beyond its initial posting.
She has since become known as the ‘Chammak Challo’ girl.
Fans loved her Christmas Day post as one wrote:
“I’m a simple woman. When I see a video of a pretty woman dancing to Chammak Challo I retweet.”
Himani, a 24-year-old content creator, has cultivated a substantial following on Instagram, amassing over 77,900 dedicated followers on the meta-owned platform.
Renowned for her dance and lip-sync videos synced to the latest trending songs, she initially made waves in 2020 with her inaugural dance video on Instagram.
The enthusiastic reception to her content underscores the widespread appreciation for her talent, making her a prominent figure in the online dance community.