To build up the interests regarding the India vs Pakistan cricket matches, broadcasters from both sides of the border produce interactive commercials and advertisements, taking dig at each other. However it seems like while doing so, Pakistani broadcaster Jazz TV, went passed a few limits.
In a latest commercial about the upcoming World Cup match between India and Pakistan, Jazz TV mocked Indian fighter pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistani Army after his jet crashed on their part of the border.
This is the our hero’s personality, no one can remain untouched. But next time plz use some good actors. Btw #ShikharDhawan exclusion must be a relief for many competitors #CWC19 #abhinandan pic.twitter.com/mrBFLFLh2d
— Megha Jain🇮🇳 (@i_meghajain) June 11, 2019
Mimicking the video released of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman by Pakistani military after he was captured a day after the Balakot airstrike, the ad by Pakistan’s Jazz TV shows a model made to look like the IAF officer with his trademark mustache in a Blue Jersey answering questions on camera.
The lookalike, used as a prop, repeats Abhinandan’s viral statement “I’m sorry, I am not supposed to tell you this” in the ad several times as he is asked questions related to India’s playing XI and the team’s strategy if it wins the toss.
He also sips tea from a cup as the scene serves as a reminder of the intense questioning and severe beatings the Wing Commander was subjected to in captivity.
When the impersonator gets up to leave after being questioned, the interrogator pulls him back and says, “Ek second ruko! cup kahan leke ja raho ho? (Wait a second! Where are you taking the cup?).”
India have trounced Pakistan six times in the World Cup beginning from the 1992 edition and subsequently in 1996, 1999, 2003, 2011 and 2015.