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Masakali remix leaves Rahman unimpressed, social media goes berserk with memes, jokes

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New Delhi: A recently released remix version of Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman’s popular song Masakali has irked many people on social media, including Rahman and lyricist Prasoon Joshi.

The original song was composed by Rahman and penned by Joshi for the 2009 movie Delhi 6, which was directed by Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra.

T-series launched the new version of the song, recreated by composer Tanishk Bagchi and singers Tulsi Kumar and Sachet Tandon, Wednesday. The video, starring actors Siddharth Malhotra and Tara Sutaria, has already garnered 19 million views is less than two days.

On Wednesday itself, Rahman took to Twitter to encourage people to listen to the original version of the song and wrote, “A team of a director, composer, and a lyricist, supported by actors, dance directors and a relentless film crew. – Lots of love and prayers.”

Joshi also expressed his dissatisfaction with Masakali 2.0 and said that it was “sad to see” an original creation being “insensitively utilised”.

Others from the music industry were also unimpressed with the remix. Composer Ankur Tewari joked that Masakali 2.0 tested positive for Covid-19.

Filmmaker Hansal Mehta slammed the song and encouraged people to stop listening to these recreations. He also expressed his annoyance at the staggeringly high views on YouTube and said, “shit sells”.


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Memes, jokes and reactions on social media

Soon after its release, Masakali 2.0 was trending on social media but not for good reasons. The song has become fodder for many memes and jokes on social media with several people expressing their disappointment at the recreation.

Even Jaipur Police joined the fun and devised a unique punishment for those violating the coronavirus lockdown.

Most memes lauded the original composition and criticised T-Series for meddling with it.


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Andhra doctor, suspended for alleging PPE shortage, now beaten by cops for ‘creating nuisance’

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Bengaluru: A doctor with a government hospital in Andhra Pradesh, who was suspended for questioning the shortage of PPE kits, was admitted to a mental health facility Sunday, a day after he was allegedly manhandled by the police and arrested for creating nuisance in Visakhapatnam.

Dr Sudhakar Rao, a government civil surgeon, was beaten, his hands tied behind his back and dragged by police officers Sunday. During the incident, Sudhakar allegedly verbally abused the Jagan Mohan Reddy government in an inebriated state. Videos of the incident have since been widely shared online.

“The police control room received a call about a person creating nuisance on Beach Road Hospital in Visakhapatnam. The Fourth Town police was rushed there and found that the person was the suspended doctor, Sudhakar.

“When the police tried to control him, he snatched the mobile phone of an officer and threw it away. He is suffering from mental disorder and he was drunk. He was sent for a medical examination,” Vishakapatnam Police Commissioner R.K. Meena told the media Sunday.

Sudhakar was admitted to a mental hospital Sunday after doctors at the King George Hospital in Vishakapatnam said he suffered from anxiety.

“Since the doctor is in anxiety and talking irrelevant things, I have referred him to a mental care hospital in Visakhapatnam,” said Dr Radha Rani, medical superintendent, King George Hospital.

A statement released by the hospital said: “Dr Sudhakar was brought to the KGH casualty ward at 6.30 pm. From the smell, it was found that he was in a drunk condition. Under the influence of alcohol, he did not cooperate with anybody there and kept abusing all. Still, his pulse, BP were checked. Pulse was 98, BP 140/100. Blood samples were sent to forensic lab to ascertain alcohol content in his blood.”


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‘Treatment towards Sudhakar was inhuman’

Sudhakar, who spent more than 10 years at the Narsipatnam Government Hospital in Andhra Pradesh, was suspended from his duties in March after he openly criticised the Reddy government for failing to provide PPE kits and N95 masks to doctors treating Covid-19 patients.

He had alleged that the state government was giving N95 masks and PPE kits meant for doctors to politicians and the police.

A video of Sudhakar criticising the government was also shared widely. In the clip, he can be heard saying: “We are putting our lives at risk here. We are asked to use the same mask for 15 days and a fresh mask will be provided only twice a month.”

Speaking to ThePrint, Dr P. Gangadhar Rao, member of the National COVID Committee of the Indian Medical Association, said the manner in which Sudhakar was manhandled by the police was “inhuman” and “violated” human rights.

“We strongly condemn the way he was taken into custody. He was not carrying a weapon, he was alone, the number of policemen outnumbered him. Why treat him like that? We also saw a video where a policeman beats him with a lathi,” said Dr Gangadhar.

He added that Rao was one of the most experienced anaesthetists the Andhra Pradesh government had.

“Our next step of action is to get Sudhakar to write an unconditional apology for having used filthy language, abusing the chief minister and the government. We will then take our appeal to the CM seeking that he be reinstated,” Gangadhar said.


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