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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

After Rakhee, Danny, Aloknath joins the club of Bollywood memes

Serena Menon , Hindustan Times  Mumbai, February 01, 2014
First Published: 13:59 IST(1/2/2014) | Last Updated: 17:26 IST(1/2/2014)

They might not be as popular and they are far from being as polished or even as funny, but there are quite a few Bollywood faces that have inspired memes on the Internet.



The trend re-emerged recently when veteran film actor Alok Nath started trending on Twitter and unintentionally tickled everyone’s funny bone, inviting several digs. 


Neil Nitin Mukesh followed, as numerous jokes were made on his name that comprises three first names. But they aren’t the only ones to inspire creative minds on the Internet. 
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While yesteryear actor Rakhi was one of the first celebrities to earn a meme —  colloquially called ‘Keep calm Rakhi’ — others like Uday Chopra (good guy Uday) and Amitabh Bachchan (angry Amitabh) have been part of this community for a while too.

Actor Danny Denzongpa’s memes even have a Facebook page dedicated to them. 

Here, we salute the online community that has created these memes, as we select some of the most popular memes made with Bollywood actors. 

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What is a meme?
 According to the Oxford Dictionary, a meme is "an element of a culture or system of behaviour passed from one individual to another by imitation or other non-genetic means."

The dictionary also defines it as "an image, video, piece of text, etc., typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by Internet users, often with slight variations."




 

Have an idea for a meme?

You can make your own!

If you think you have a snappy one-liner or a funny picture that you think has the potential to be made into a meme, then you can safely rely on the Internet to do the rest. There are hundreds, if not more, simple websites that will help you out — quickmeme.com, mememaker.net, memegenerator.net, makeameme.org etc.

Most of the sites also give you an option to upload your own pictures, in case what you want isn't available.

There are several 'meme generator' mobile applications available too.




Popular international memes
Signature expressions of many Hollywood actors have been immortalised in the form of memes online. Here are some of the best-known targets: 

When I get sad, I stop being sad and get awesome: How I Met Your Mother
Austin Powers: The spy who shagged me
Keenu Reaves
Ryan Gosling
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan



 (The selected memes are those that went viral after their creation. The original sources of these memes remain untraceable.)
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