Bhojpuri Song Didn’t Play in London For World Cup, That’s Berlin!
Bhojpuri Song Didn’t Play in London For World Cup, That’s  Berlin!
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Bhojpuri Song Didn’t Play in London For World Cup, That’s Berlin!

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CLAIM

A video of the famous Bhojpuri song 'Lolipop Lagelu' being played on a truck, even as a large group of foreigners dance on the streets to the song, went viral on social media with the claim that the song "rocked the streets of London", in celebration of the Cricket World Cup.

An archived version of the post can be accessed here.

The Indian Express also ran a story on the same video, claiming that a 'Bhojpuri song rocks London amidst World Cup fever'.

(Screenshot: The Indian Express webpage)

TRUE OR FALSE?

Well, while the song did get several foreigners grooving on the streets of a western country, it is not London, as claimed. The video is in fact from the Berlin cultural festival – Karneval der Kulturen.

WHAT WE FOUND OUT

A video, posted by Twitter user Hugo di Portogallo, shows the same crowd as the ones seen in the viral video, dancing to another song.

His tweet mentioned that the video was from the Karneval der Kulturen.

Secondly, the banner on the truck mentioned 'Berlin Indiawale', a city-based cultural group, founded in 2015 to represent India in the festival.

The Quint reached out to Berlin Indiawaale's manager Tara B Jaan, who confirmed that the video was shot at the festival by one of their members, and was not from London, as claimed.

“When you see the banner at the upper side of the truck you can read Berlin. The full banner says ‘Berlin Indiawaale’ which confirms it clearly.”

We also spoke to Gurpreet Singh, the captain of the Bhangra Hub Berlin, another group which also participated at the festival. Singh, too, confirmed that the video was from the festival.

In another video shot by him from the festival in a different angle, the same truck and flag are clearly visible.

The Berlin Karneval der Kulture is a four-day street festival with musical and theatre performances, which was held between 7-10 June this year.

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