A video of US President Joe Biden’s statement on the terror assaults that occurred at Afghanistan’s Kabul airport four days prior has turned into a web sensation on desi Twitter for a surprising reason. Bollywood fans saw that the statement had a familiar ring – it sounded quite similar to a dialogue from the 1991 film Saudagar, delivered by actor Raaj Kumar.
ISIS struck the crowed entryways of Kabul airport in a suicide bomb attack on Thursday, killing scores of civilians and no less than 13 US administration members. US President Joe Biden promised to strike back at the aggressors without further ado thereafter. “We will respond with force and precision, at our time, at the place we choose and at the moment of our choosing,” he said.
Contrast his words and the exchange conveyed by Raaj Kumar in Saudagar: “Hum tumhe marenge, aur zaroor marenge, lekin wo banduk bhi humari hogi, goli bhi humari hogi aur waqt bhi humara hoga (We’ll kill you. We’ll definitely kill you. But we’ll choose the gun, we’ll choose the bullet and we’ll choose the time when we do it.)”
The stating of the two sentences sounds strikingly comparable – as several Twitter users noticed after a popular Instagram page (filmhistorypics) juxtaposed the two videos together.
“Inspiration comes the strangest of places,” wrote industrialist Harsh Goenka while sharing the video.
IAS Awanish Sharan was also among the many desi Twitter users delighted by the similarity. He even tracked down a possible justification it. Mr Sharan, after sharing the video, also posted a Wikipedia screenshot revealing that the White House Director of Speechwriting is an Indian-American.
The ISIS group, rivals of the Taliban, carried out a suicide bomb attack at the perimeter of the Kabul airport late last week that claimed more than 100 lives, including those of 13 US troops, reports AFP. The United States said it carried out an air strike on Sunday night in Kabul on an ISIS-prepared car bomb. That was followed on Monday morning by rockets being fired at the airport.