Donald Trump meets Vijaykanth and Captain asks him 'Tumhara naam kya hai' in English.

What if Donald Trump were to contest elections in Tamil Nadu Watch Put Chutneys takeScreenshot/ YouTube
news Satire Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 12:46

The irrepressible folks at Put Chutney, a Tamil YouTube channel that consistently produces comic and insightful commentary on a wide range of subjects relevant to South India, have come up with yet another political satire. What if Donald Trump, the next American President, were to contest in elections in Tamil Nadu?

In the video, Trump (Aswin Rao) takes up the challenge of "Let's make Tamil Nadu great again!" and gives up his presidency to fly all the way to the Indian state.

Trump's love for building walls, turning away immigrants and assaulting women find a place in the script, with the new 2k note with its "advanced" features becoming a part of his campaign. And thumbs up for the dig at "religious" TV stars.

Forget Trump though - the man who will give you a belly-ache is Captain (Vijaykanth) who says hilarious things like, "Yeah, Trump came. In the English that I know, I asked him 'Tumhara naam kya hai?'" Vaiko (Rajiv) makes an appearance too. Amma and Kalaignar, however, are conspicuously absent.

The little speech on white Europeans being refugees who took away the land from native Americans is nicely done - although calling native Americans "Red Indians" is no longer considered acceptable.
The neighbouring state of Kerala has had a long and active culture of political satire. Comedians in Tamil Nadu, however, are still very wary about exploring the genre. Put Chutney's efforts in the recent past are a welcome sign of changing times. 


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