In focus Everybody from celebs to little children seems to have latched onto the latest move that’s become a rage this IPL season
First it was the Gangnam Style that had everyone shake a leg Psy style and then it was the Harlem Shake that seemed to have everybody grooving. But with IPL season here it seems like Farah Khan’s Jumping Jhapak moves are here to stay, with everybody from celebrities at flash mobs, crazy fans at the stadium, and enthusiastic youngsters at sports bars to even star-struck children at home getting in the groove every time the batsman hits a boundary or a wicket falls.
In the previous IPL season, it was all about the well coordinated Mexican wave, but this time there is no escaping choreographer-turned-actor Farah Khan’s creation. “I went to watch the Hyderabad match at the Uppal stadium and my friends were very enthusiastically shaking a leg to the Jumping Jhapak tune every time there was a sixer or a wicket fell,” says Siddharth Shetty, a finance professional, who thinks that both that jingle and the moves are very catchy and creative. “The jingle and the moves have been introduced at a time when weird and wacky moves are turning out to be a rage. Take for instance Psy’s Gangnam Style and then the Harlem Shake. Both have proved to be extremely popular and being the IPL season this has come at an opportune time. Since this is the sixth season of the IPL they had to come up with such moves to enhance the overall experience and keep people interested in the game,” adds Siddharth.
The fact that each of the moves seem to signify a high point in the game also works with youngsters. Says Karthik Umesh, a banker and an avid IPL follower, “Farah Khan seems to have choreographed a specific move to celebrate every situation during an IPL match. Be it the sweeping motion for a batsman being dismissed or the yo-yo hand movement to celebrate a boundary being hit there is something for everyone. It is fun to watch people do these moves with so much enthusiasm. I did see a lot of fans at the stadium do an excited jig every time team Hyderabad inched towards victory. It might seem silly to a few, but this is just a great way to express one’s enthusiasm and bring excitement into the game.”
Even IPL house parties are incomplete without people breaking into an impromptu Jumping Jhapak jig.
“A bunch of our relatives had gathered at our place for a lazy Sunday lunch followed by back-to-back IPL matches on the TV. Expectedly, everyone was feeling rather sleepy after a heavy lunch. But the minute the IPL match began playing and the batsman hit a six, my little cousin began dancing to the Jumping Jhapak song. We were in splits watching him dance so excitedly and his enthusiasm was so contagious that soon some of joined him. Needless to say, it was one big party after that,” says Rashmi Dayal, a student.