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What happened when India spoke to Pakistan

Neha Mahajan, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 16, 2014
First Published: 16:47 IST(16/8/2014) | Last Updated: 17:01 IST(16/8/2014)

India's comedy group All India Bakchod (AIB) have got Indians and Pakistanis chatting each other up.

They produced a video featuring the neighbours talking to each other over the phone to mark both the nations' Independence Days, which are celebrated a day apart.

For both the countries where ceasefire violations and terror attacks make headlines, AIB's attempt to get strangers from India and Pakistan to speak to each other really shows how borders can be erased with a simple conversation.

The video's cheeky description reads "On Independence Day, AIB tried to get strangers from India and Pakistan to speak to each other over the phone. We found out why Indians and Pakistanis should never talk to each other."

And, truly there is not a single moment in the entire video that wouldn't bring a smile to your face.

When people from both the countries were asked about the first thing that comes to their mind when they hear the word India or Pakistan, their responses were amazing.

Bollywood, actor Shah Rukh Khan, singer Honey Singh and former prime minister Manmohan Singh are a few names that pop up when people from Pakistan think about India.

Indians said Pakistan reminds them of Coke Studio, singer Ali Zafar, Malala and cricket.

"You will find people over here who are crazy about Shah Rukh Khan," said one of the Pakistani men.

A girl from Pakistan asks a young Indian girl whether she has ever been to Jaipur.

"Tum kabhi Jaipur gayi ho? Mujhe jaana hai, kuch karo na (Have you ever been to Jaipur? I want to. Can you not do something?)."

That Indians and Pakistanis want to lead a normal life and have similar tastes, choices and aspirations is showcased well in this video.

"Aap Pakistan kab ayenge humse milne? Aap mujhe visa dilva do toh abhi aa jaunga (When will you come to Pakistan to meet us? Help me get a visa, and I'll come over immediately)," a Pakistani man tells an Indian.

It also created a buzz on social media with the hashtag 'When India Spoke to Pakistan' trending on Twitter.

Here are some interesting reactions:


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