Republic TV has been actively promoting itself on its social media accounts, and the face of most of these promotions is news anchor and journalist Arnab Goswami.
Known for his confrontational style and opinions, many of the promotional tweets have videos starring Arnab, penning letters to some prominent politicians, warning them of his inevitable return to the big screen. The videos are signed off by a "See you soon!"
Here's one of the promo videos.
Video jockey Jose Covaco, known for his wit and spoofs on social media, took these videos and added another twist to them. Using the same visuals, he has created two videos–one addressed to singer Sonu Nigam over the Azaan controversy and one addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The latter has the faux Arnab asking Modi some "tough" questions such as--who came first, chicken or the egg and if Sonam Gupta is indeed "bewafa" (unfaithful).
Watch it here:
Finally, Arnab has written a letter to Modi ji asking him some really tough questions. Hope this shuts all the haters up for good. pic.twitter.com/D3m4WrG55Q— José Covaco (@HoeZaay) April 26, 2017
And the spoof directed to Sonu Nigam only makes a veiled reference to the Azaan controversy and focuses instead on how to maintain his haircut (the singer had recently shaved his head). “The only loudspeaker who shouldn’t be banned is me,” says the faux Arnab.
Arnab Goswami's letter to Sonu Nigam. This is why he's one of the best journalists in our country. pic.twitter.com/Hx6ARIoFtG— José Covaco (@HoeZaay) April 19, 2017
However, a few people did fall prey to this spoof, believing them to be messages from the real Arnab.
Jose isn’t the only one who’s spoofed these videos, which are accompanied by the hashtag ‘Arnab With You Soon’. Twinkle Khanna, columnist, author and married to Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, also posted this video on Twitter.
And then there was this guy, who would probably have liked Arnab to write to Katappa.
Mr Katappa, I see you have been running amok in my absence. You even dared to kill Mr Baahubali. I am coming, Mr Katappa. #ArnabWithYouSoon— ROFL_REPUBLIC (@Rofl_Republic) May 1, 2017
And here’s one more person, waiting for Arnab’s next letter.
Arnab is typing his next letter.. pic.twitter.com/FiJqhQlQa0— Karthik Krishnan (@iDarthik) April 28, 2017