1. Indian comedy collective All India Bakchod collaborated with Khaula Jamil of Humans of Karachi and a crew in Pakistan, to make Indians and Pakistanis talk on the phone and wish one another for Independence Day.
Pakistan’s Independence Day is on August 14th, India’s is on August 15th, and the video was filmed in the week leading up to both.
2. To begin with, participants were asked to say the first thing that came to mind when they thought of their neighbouring country.
3. And actually, for the most part, reactions were overwhelmingly positive.
“We want to be the anti-Gadar,” All India Bakchod member and stand up comedian Rohan Joshi told BuzzFeed. “I hope people just get that while there’s always going to be a certain amount of rhetoric and bad blood, that’s just one side of the story – a very political side. There’s a whole bunch of people who just want to do their thing, and share pop culture references and world views… And want no part of the squabbling outside of armchair arguing.”
4. Their point is made quickly and easily, as Indians and Pakistanis bond over shared interests.
5. Some even open up and reveal deep, dark secrets.
6. Of course, there’s one divisive issue the two countries have disagreed on for decades and always will.
7. But they quickly, happily ceased to be strangers.
8. And invited each other over like all good desi friends and neighbours do.
9. Watch the powerful (and adorable) video in full here:
10. More All India Bakchod brilliance here:
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