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Here’s why Bappi Lahiri’s ‘Jimmy Jimmy’ is now trending in China

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Those of us staying on top of social media trends might’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon recently: Bappi Lahiri’s disco classic ‘Jimmy Jimmy’ is now trending in China.

Turns out, the popular hit from Bollywood film Disco Dancer (1982) has become a protest anthem of sorts in the country. Did you know that, in Mandarin, the words ‘jimmy jimmy’ (or ‘jie mi jie mi’) translate to ‘give me rice’?

As the Chinese population continues to face extended lockdowns from Xi Jinping government’s strict zero COVID policy, they’re now using the song to express their frustration about lack of food and uncertainty about the future.

All over social media, people are marvelling at the interesting interpretations of “Jimmy Jimmy” by the Chinese public as they hold empty rice vessels and mouth the Hindi words.

Despite tense relations between the two countries over the years, Bollywood actually remains fairly popular in China. Films like 3 Idiots (2009), Hindi Medium (2017), and Dangal (2016) have been met with “Indian film fever” over the years.

Earlier this year, Sushant Singh Rajput’s film Chhichore (2019) ended its Chinese box office run making around USD $3 million.

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