Viral This Week: #WatermelonBoy, Deepika Padukone and More

Here’s what went viral on social media this week. 

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Plenty happened in the first week of January. Here’s a list. (Photo Courtesy: <b>The Quint</b>)

It is only the first week of January and social media is already dancing with viral videos, fake photographs and Facebook status’ of the controversial odd-even plan implemented in Delhi. Here’s a tightly packed capsule of 2016’s first week’s viral moments. Sit back and scroll through.

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Unusual talent and extraordinary appetite can make you a worldwide sensation. Just place yourself strategically in front of a camera, prance your way through your talent and the world will surely take notice.

When 10-year-old Mitchell Schibeci, aka the #WatermelonBoy, began eating a watermelon with its skin at a match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the commentators struggled to stay focused on the game. They took a break from match commentary for this kid who was gobbling his way through a watermelon effortlessly. Nothing really was left behind to go into the bin. See for yourself.

Based on the timeless Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations, Abhishek Kapur’s Fitoor revamps the story we have loved for decades, with Katrina and Aditya’s fresh on-screen jodi. From the film’s brand new trailer, it seems that the lead actors complement each other in a way we could never have imagined. But the one person you simply cannot miss in the trailer is the begum, played by Tabu. Will this create ripples just like Haider did? Let’s wait and watch!



The nation celebrated Deepika Padukone’s 30th birthday by flooding social media with birthday wishes and congratulatory messages on her career’s roaring success. The diva was holidaying with (suspected) boyfriend Ranveer Singh and gladly accepted all the kind words and love from friends and fans.


So who is really intolerant here, guys? When Aamir Khan was ousted as the brand ambassador of ‘Incredible India’, tweeple had a field day, as usual.


Despite Wazir’s mellow promotional gimmicks, the film was off to a steady start on Friday, bringing tweeple into action. Here’s what the makers and the viewers had to say about the movie in 140 characters.


On January 8, Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan came bearing ‘good news’ that the Union Government had made arrangements for the bull-taming sport jallikattu to be conducted in Tamil Nadu. There was increasing pressure on the government to bypass the SC verdict banning the sport, and allow it to be conducted.

Legal experts and members of the Animal Welfare Board of India had been of the view that any move by the government challenging the SC order banning the sport could lead to serious legal implications.

Social media vehemently criticised the government for the decision.

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Facebook was abuzz with Delhi’s #OddEven plan as it debuted on the streets in the first week of January. Most of the Quintees carpooled their way to work just like most of the city. Facebook addicts flooded their timelines with fake photographs from the most crowded metro stations in Delhi, only adding to the panic of Delhi’s daily commuters.

Facebook also reverberated with the earthquake that jolted Manipur earlier this week.

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