RJ Malishka's Dance For Neeraj Chopra Sparks Major Backlash On Twitter

RJ Malishka shared a video which shows her dancing to 'Uden Jab Jab Zulfen Teri'

RJ Malishka's Dance For Neeraj Chopra Sparks Major Backlash On Twitter

RJ Malishka's online interview with Neeraj Chopra was preceded by a dance performance.

Radio jockey Malishka Mendonsa and her team at Red FM are facing widespread criticism for a video that shows them dancing in front of Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra before an online interview. Footage shared by the RJ on Twitter yesterday shows her and her team dancing to Uden Jab Jab Zulfen Teri from the 1957 film Naya Daur. The camera then pans to a laptop in front of them to reveal that the performance was taking place in front of 23-year-old Neeraj Chopra, who had joined them over a Zoom call for the interview.  

Neeraj Chopra recently scripted history at the Tokyo Olympics when he won gold at javelin throw - India's first Olympic gold medal in athletics.  

"Ladiesssss..Yes I got the hard hitting, deep answers too but..Take the first 4 secs before the cam moves to the zoom call to guess who we are dancing for," wrote RJ Malishka while sharing the video, which has racked up over 6 lakh views on the microblogging platform.  

Reactions to the video were overwhelmingly negative, with several Twitter users pointing out that not only was the dancing unprofessional, it would have also been slammed as sexist, had gender roles been reversed.  

"Utterly embarrassing. If the genders were reversed, it would be considered sexual harassment," wrote Twitter user Akancha Srivastava.

"If shameless objectification had faces this is how it would look," said author-historian Vikram Sampath.

"What if the genders were opposite in this case? Had @RedFM_Mumbai allowed that too?" asked a Twitter user.  

"Cringeworthy" was a word that came up several times as people slammed the dance performance.  

IRS officer Parul Singh branded the video "absolutely crass and cringey".

Twitter users also noted that Mr Chopra looked visibly uncomfortable as he watched the dance.

Another clip from the interview is also being slammed on Twitter. In the clip, RJ Malishka asks Neeraj Chopra for a virtual hug or "jaadu ki jhappi" - a request he politely declines with a Namaste and says: "Namaste... Aise door se hi Namaste (I'll say Namaste from a distance)" .

Neeraj Chopra and other athletes from India's Olympic contingent were invited to the official residence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to have breakfast with him earlier this week. While interacting with Mr Chopra on Monday, PM Modi hailed the star athlete and said, "When you threw your second attempt, you celebrated straight away, this can only come on the back of a lot of confidence."

Neeraj Chopra has gained 14 places to become world number two in the latest world rankings after his sensational show at the Tokyo Olympics.

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