A Canadian rapper’s floor-scorching hoof marks with the catchline, ‘Kiki fix you tenderness me’, has cops in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh conveyance out nervous tweets and advisories.
The number, which has gathered entirely but 82 million views on YouTube, has prompted a potentially unsteady similarity media dance challenge which requires the actor to shake and shimmy beside a sad car and after that skip assists into it.
The city police had made a warning for the people, this Wednesday. They said that if people dance for kiki Challenge on the roads, they will make sure they may dance behind the bars. Kiki Challenge may put you in the jail. They warned against doing it.
The police termed it a ‘high risk and silly stunt’, involving dancing alongside a moving vehicle and hopping back into it.
On a day when the video of a woman dressed in a taantkurta performing the controversial ‘Kiki challenge’ surfaced, Kolkata Police issued a warning against trying such antics. The challenge — that involves dancing to Canadian singer Drake’s song ‘In My Feelings’ next to a moving vehicle — has been in the news for the wrong reasons after many variations of the challenge across the globe spiralled out of hand.
According to an officer at the traffic headquarters, Lalbazar, “The challenge is catching the imagination of the young generation and we do not want to take chances, lest someone gets hurt. We want citizens to be aware that it is a dangerous and illegal act and we have zero tolerance for such stunts.” The warning, claimed KP sources, had nothing to do with the ‘#Kiki challenge Kolkata’ video, which shows a woman in a yellow kurta hopping out of a moving car and presenting some traditional dance moves before hopping back into the car.
So far, police in Mumbai, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bengaluru and Gujarat
have issued warnings against performing the challenge.
On July 31, IT professional Panchali Kar had posted a satirical comment on her Facebook wall, asking people to take up the ‘Kiki challenge’ on Behala roads. She was taking a dig at the poor roads in Behala. Many replied with tongue-in-cheek comments, suggesting the challenge to be taken up on
Dakshineswar or EM Bypass, too. Kar, who on Thursday saw the video of the woman in yellow, said, “Undoubtedly, she danced well without hurting herself on the streets. However, the challenge is risky. Some people from Kolkata even wanted to try the challenge with a moving auto or a cab..”
Meanwhile, Odissi dancer Sanchita Bhattacharya has circulated posters at her dance school warning her students about the consequences of accepting the challenge. “I have asked my students not to use dance to risk their lives. This new challenge involves an immense risk with no gain,” Bhattacharya said.
According to dancer and choreographer Sudarshan Chakraborty, such “addictive challenges appeal to wannabes looking for 15 minutes of fame”. “Many believe that since they are trained, they won’t get hurt. But I can’t imagine my students doing something so shallow to get fame. Yet, I am issuing a warning. Hope good sense prevails,” Chakraborty said.
The saving grace is that unlike other cities, Kolkata is rather new to the challenge. Unlike other film industries, no Tollywood star has posted such a video. Is this a sign of maturity of Kolkata’s youth? “I received such a video on WhatsApp. However, it wasn’t from a Kolkata participant. I wouldn’t say Kolkata has grown up. The city has no dearth of people ready for such acts. However, Kolkata’s urban infrastructure is unsuitable for such challenges,” said sociologist Ruby Sain, who teaches at Jadavpur University.