Why is #PrayForNeasamani top trend on Twitter?
Twitter trends mostly are based on a current events but at time they are something that is un-thought of, something that is out of the blue and can take precedence over regular, important events. Tamil twitter has yet gain set the trends for two days as a hashtag began trending since Wednesday afternoon with thousands of tweets geneerated in hours and journalists, politicians tweeting on the trend.
The hashtag Pray_for_Neasamani requested people on social media to pray for someone called Neasamani and quickly gathered traction and now it is the no 1 trend on Twitter.
Who is Neasamani?
For the uninitiated, Neasamani is a comic icon borrowed from a cult Tamil movie. Neasamani is a character played by comedian Vadivelu in the Tamil film Friends in 2001. This film, a remake of a Malayalam film by the same name starred Vijay, Suriya, Devayani and others in the star cast.
Played by Vadivelu, Neasamani is a painting contractor from the film Friends, directed by Siddique. In the film, Neasamani and his team of painters work in a palace to give a facelift to the building. But two of his apprentices played by Vijay and Suriya bring him trouble and jeopardise the whole contract.
How #Pray_for_Neasamani started?
A Pakistan-based meme page Civil Engineering Learners posed a question, “What is the name of the tool in your country?” by posting a photo of a hammer.
It all started here 😂😂#Pray_For_Nesamani— Sri Durga (@Sdk_2503) May 29, 2019
Guys what happened to u..
This was just a joke
Our people trend irrelevant things on twitter
Film character ah yenda ipdi trend panreenga
Onnumey illadha vishiyatha yenda ipdi trend panreenga
Kadavuley 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/9i885sXbEI
An overenthusiastic Vadivelu fan was quick to connect the hammer with a scene from Friends, in which Contractor Neasamani ends up with an injury after one of his employees (Ramesh Kanna) drops a hammer on his head on failing to follow the simplest of instructions. Although a tragic scene, but made humourous with The the poker-faced expressions of Vijay and Suriya, who play second fiddle to Vadivelu.
After the user connected the hammer to Neasamani, another Tamil Facebook user, mockingly wrote, “Is he ok?” As fans of the forgotten comic character had a trip down the memory lane soon after #Pray_for_Neasamani snowballed into a major Twitter trend with memes and funny responses.
Memes of US President Trump expressing his concern over Neasamani, Thor being held as the suspect, potshots at political parties and Apollo Hospital supposedly revealing the current condition of Neasamani through a fake press release stole the show.