Gangnam fever grips Bollywood


After making waves across the globe, Gangnam Style has finally swept Bollywood celebrities off their feet, quite literally. Actor Amitabh Bachchan, along with Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif, had a party trying the Korean pop song moves on the yet-to-be-aired Diwali special episode of Kaun Banega Crorepati. He uploaded the pictures of their act on Facebook and posted, “On KBC with Shahrukh and Katrina .. doing the ‘gangnam style’ .. such fun.” Recently, Bachchan had also asked his fans to explain the meaning of ‘Gangnam Style’. “What the heck is ‘Gangnam’? See many using it often… even Abhishek,” he wrote on Twitter last month. Abroad, celebs such as Britney Spears and Ellen DeGeneres have recently picked up the ‘horse style’ dance moves of the popular track by singer Psy.
While Chris Gayle did the act after his team West Indies won the T20 ICC World Cup, famous broadcaster Peter Mansbridge did a parody at Stratford Festival. Tennis ace Novak Djokovic also attempted the dance at his China Open win. The Korean rapper’s video has become the most-liked YouTube video ever. The global hit is widely expected to become the first K-Pop track to reach the top of the UK singles chart.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has hailed South Korean rapper Psy’s global hit, Gangnam Style, as a force for world peace. Ki-moon has found himself displaced as the best-known Korean on the planet by the astonishing success of Psy’s catchy video – and the veteran diplomat could not be more delighted.
The 68-year-old said that he has “seen it several times,” voicing his pride at the way Psy had brought Korean pop and the nation’s quirky sense of humour to a global audience via the internet, where the video has been viewed more than 400 million times.
“I’m very proud that his performance has been loved and enjoyed by more than 400 million people. It is amazing,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted him as saying.
“There are no languages required in the musical world. That is the power of music, that is the power of the heart. In this era of instability and intolerance we need to promote better understanding through the power of music,” he added.