#Beijing: Bengali son Bappi Lahiri’s ‘Jimmy Jimmy’ is now a symbol of the movement. Even across the barbed wire in China! This song from the 1982 super hit movie ‘Disco Dancer’ is being sung by the people of that country in different parts of China. They protested.

The Chinese have strong objections to the implementation of the Covid rules. And to reinforce that statement, the lyrics and melody of Bappi’s song have been borrowed. It translates as ‘Jie Mi Jie Mi’ in Mandarin. Which translates to English, ‘Give me rice, give me rice.’

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‘Disco King’ Bappi Lahiri passed away on February 15. He died at the age of 69. But his art is evergreen. There is no death. Beyond Bengal, country beyond country, abroad, he is still there today.

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The people of the country are not happy with the instructions issued by the administration of that country to prevent the spread of Covid. A few videos have been made to protest, where it is seen that the countrymen are standing with empty dishes. They are trying to convince the administration that they are not getting food due to the lockdown. As a result of restrictions, they are deprived of daily food. They raised their voices against the administration’s Covid Zero Policy.

Although Bappi Lahiri’s Hindi song popularity is nothing new in China. Bollywood’s influence in China has been evidenced before. Hindi films of the 1950s and 60s were also popular. After that 21st century films like ‘Three Idiots’, ‘Secret Superstar’, ‘Hindi Medium’, ‘Dangal’, ‘Andhadhun’ also got great success at the Chinese box office.

Published by:Teesta Barman

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