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Now, Gangnam fever grips Bollywood

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 18, 2012
First Published: 17:14 IST(18/10/2012) | Last Updated: 00:39 IST(19/10/2012)

After making waves across the globe, Gangnam Style has finally swept Bollywood celebrities off their feet, quite literally. Actor Amitabh Bachchan, along with Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif, had a party trying the Korean pop song moves on the yet-to-be-aired Diwali special episode of Kaun Banega Crorepati. He uploaded the pictures of their act on Facebook and posted, “On KBC with Shahrukh and Katrina .. doing the 'gangnam style' .. such fun.”

Recently, Bachchan had also asked his fans to explain the meaning of 'Gangnam Style'. “What the heck is 'Gangnam'? See many using it often... even Abhishek,” he wrote on Twitter last month. Abroad, celebs such as Britney Spears and Ellen DeGeneres have recently picked up the ‘horse style’ dance moves of the popular track by singer Psy.

While Chris Gayle did the  act after his team West Indies won the T20 ICC World Cup, famous broadcaster Peter Mansbridge did a parody at Stratford Festival. Tennis ace Novak Djokovic also attempted the dance at his China Open win. The Korean rapper’s video has become the most-liked YouTube video ever. The global hit is widely expected to become the first K-Pop track to reach the top of the UK singles chart.

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(With additional inputs)

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