By Arré Bench Jul. 02, 2020
Amid dozens of reports of stand-offs along the border with China, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has decided to lighten the mood, it seems. They released a video of its soldiers performing car stunts that most Mumbai rickshaw-wallahs pull off before breakfast.
Amid dozens of reports of stand-offs along the border with China, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has decided to lighten the mood, it seems, after releasing a video of its soldiers performing car stunts that most Mumbai rickshaw-wallahs pull off before breakfast.
The 15-second clip, released by China’s People’s Daily news portal shows a fleet of jeeps and trucks pulling off some above-average parking manoeuvers in the snow. But the internet, gauging by its collective reaction to the video, wasn’t too impressed by the PLA.
A few took to social media to note that the drivers’ skills were comparable to those of the average Delhi parking attendant.
Literally every car parking guy in Delhi can do this. https://t.co/NG0NVEOP8Q
— Ishita Yadav (@IshitaYadav) July 1, 2020
Some, such as producer Atul Kasbekar, however were so impressed with the skills on display that they offered the PLA drivers part-time jobs.
We’re hiring valets at the Taj in case you blokes want to apply in triplicate
— atul kasbekar (@atulkasbekar) July 1, 2020
— Ameet Datta (@DattaAmeet) July 1, 2020
A few more observant tweeters even noticed that there weren’t any drivers in some of the jeeps at all, making the stunts seem even more impressive.
— Somesh Upadhyay, IAS (@Somesh_IAS) July 1, 2020
Many also had some words of encouragement for the PLA drivers, assuring them that with a little practice, they too could one day be extras in a Rohit Shetty film.
Good driving skills shown by the PLA soldiers. Some more practice and they can get work in Rohit Shetty’s car-blasting Bollywood movies. https://t.co/PcDBzKWiID
— Aashish Chandorkar (@c_aashish) July 1, 2020
Can someone please tell Rohit Shetty about this? https://t.co/oUmUvCaW0l
— Aishwarya Mudgil (@AishwaryaMudgi1) July 1, 2020
Provided Bollywood can get over its affinity for casting star kids in every role, of course…
still Rohit Shetty won’t cast them, clearly shows the prevalent nepotism in the Bollywood. https://t.co/U5fe0UXSiG
— nahi yaar (@notevenbitfunny) July 1, 2020
Last week, another attempt by the Chinese Army to showcase how committed they were to the cause, was met with mirth by Indians on Twitter.
A clip that showed PLA soldiers apparently sleeping with guns in their hands, was mocked by many users for the “overacting” on display.
This is the behaviour of small kids sleeping with their toys , not of the grown up army men !!!
Another failed tik tok video attempt. pic.twitter.com/vfA7ghrITO
— Ravikrishna Iyer🇮🇳 (@Ravikrishna_I) June 23, 2020
The two videos were released in the same week that India banned a number of Chinese apps, including Tik Tok and Shein, and thousands of social media users looked for ways to boycott all Chinese products. With the PLA now seemingly announcing its intention to star in a Bollywood film, hopefully some of that tension will be defused.