Diplomats wish Indians ‘Happy Hindi Diwas’ in Bollywood swag

Envoys across nations embrace unique celebrations for Hindi Diwas amidst debates on its unifying role in India

| Updated: 15 September, 2023 1:15 pm IST
Israeli Embassy celebrates Hindi Diwas with Bollywood-style tribute

NEW DELHI: While a section of political parties debate whether Hindi unites India, envoys from different countries have found unique ways to celebrate Hindi Diwas, the annual observance on September 14 that commemorates the decision to adopt Hindi as one of India’s official languages.

The Israeli embassy started their Hindi Diwas celebration with a tweet that said, “Lights, camera, action!” and then posted a Bollywood-style video in Hindi. The video begins with ambassador Naor Gilon, speaking a famous dialogue of Amitabh Bachchan from the film Mohabbatein: “Tradition, prestige, and discipline are the three pillars of this Israel Embassy.” He is seen in full Indian attire, wearing a tilak on his forehead.

Other diplomats from the Israeli embassy also played iconic roles from Hindi films, such as Hadas Baksat as Poo (Kareena Kapoor) from Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Hagar Spiro-Tal as Shaanti Priya (Deepika Padukone) from Om Shaanti Om, and Ohad Nakash Kaynar as Paresh Rawal from Hera Pheri.

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Shani Rapaport Etsiony played the role of Geet (Kareena Kapoor) from Jab We Met, and spokesperson Guy Nir played the role of Rajesh Khanna from Anand, saying his iconic dialogue, “Babumoshay, zindagi badi hona chahiye, lambi nahi.”

The video ends with Hadas Bakst imitating Kareena Kapoor’s Bebo from Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.

The Israeli embassy said in a tweet, “Hindi movies are the most entertaining way to learn Hindi. On this occasion, Israel Embassy has presented its favorite dialogue from Hindi cinema in an acting manner.” The video was loved and liked by many.

British High Commissioner to India, Alex Ellis, wished and extended his heartfelt greetings to Indians on the occasion of Hindi Diwas by sharing his five favorite words in Hindi. “From my very patient Hindi teachers to everyone else on Twitter who has been so supportive, thank you! Mere paanch pasandida Hindi shabd (My five favorite Hindi words) are adrak, lena dena, jugaad, khushboo, and gapshap,” he said.

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Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Philip Green, shared a video on Twitter where his team and other diplomats were seen speaking different idioms in native Hindi with great ease. Introducing his video on Twitter, he said in Hindi, “Kabir ka doha ‘Kal kare so aaj kar, aaj kare so ab’ na kewal Australia mein, balki Delhi sthit hamare rajnayikon ke beech bhi lokpriya hai. Aaj #HindiDiwas ke avsar par hamare rajnayik apni pasandida Hindi kahavaten, jo unhen prerit karti hain, aapse saajha kar rahe hain.”

In the video, one diplomat said Kabir’s doha, “Kal kare so aaj kar, aaj kare so ab.” Another diplomat said, “Koshish karne walon ki haar nahi hoti – ye mera pasandida muhavra hai.” Other team members and a woman said, “Jaisa desh vaisa bhesh” and “Karm karo fal ki chinta mat karo.”

These envoys from different parts of the globe but with a base in India marked a token of appreciation for Hindi, which plays a significant role in the country in connecting people from different backgrounds.

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