Israeli Rafael's Indian promo

March 15th, 2009  

Topic: Israeli Rafael's Indian promo


The Israeli arms firm Rafael displayed this Bollywood dance number-based marketing video at the recently held Aero India 2009 in Bangalore.

OMG this is hilarious ... i spilled my coffee hahahhahaa hahahaha.

dinga dinga dinga . dinga dinga dinga deeeeeee

The first thing watchers will notice is that the "archetypal Indian" dancers may have olive-coloured skin, but they are not in the slightest bit Indian. In fact, they're quite obviously Middle Eastern in appearance - probably Sephardic, or oriental, Israelis - and the male lead is even more blatantly Israeli-looking than his colleagues.

And then, the song. Not only does listening to the music itself feel like enduring a series of sharp stomach cramps, but the lyrics hardly conform to the type of lustful, emotional lines we're used to in Bollywood.

The chorus of "dinga dinga dinga dinga dinga dinga dinga (recurring too many times) dee" is perhaps the most obvious letdown, but the constant coded references to the importance of military hardware in all of the verses are hardly the stuff of romantic fantasies.

"What more can I pledge to make a future strong?" the man sings, grinning stupidly. "I need to feel safe and sheltered. Security and protection," the woman chirps back. And so it continues for a full three and a half minutes.

Either the firm's Indian hosts will (like us in The Times newsroom) have found the video so funny that they fell off their chairs laughing and awarded the contract to Rafael out of sympathy - or, one imagines, the firm will only have succeeded in offending those that they meant to impress.

Stick to arms dealing, guys. But thanks for giving us all a good laugh...

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