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Red FM RJs dance to ‘uden jab jab zulfein teri’ to greet Neeraj Chopra, trolled as ‘sexist’

Red FM's female employees post video of a dance they did for Olympic Gold medalist Neeraj Chopra, Twitter users say the behaviour reduces Chopra to a 'sexual object'.

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New Delhi: Malishka Mendonsa, radio jockey with private FM station Red FM, and her female colleagues Thursday sparked a row for welcoming Olympic Gold Medalist Neeraj Chopra on their show by dancing in front of him during a video interview.

The star javelin thrower made history as he won the first Gold medal for India at the Tokyo Olympics earlier this month. He is also the second Indian to win an individual Gold medal in the Olympics so far.

Calling their act “disgusting”, “cheap” and “nonsense”, Twitter users apologised on behalf of the RJs as they claimed the dance made the javelin thrower feel “awkward” and accused them of “disrespecting” him.

One user also asked the RJs to “stop romanticising male players”, saying that they are “much more than a sexual object”.

‘Sexist, Disgusting’

In the 45-second video, tweeted by RJ Mendonsa, she and a few of her female colleagues can be seen dancing to the song ‘uden jab jab zulfein teri‘ from the Bollywood movie Naya Daur.

“Ladiesssss..Yes I got the hard hitting, deep answers too but..Take the first 4 secs before the cam moves to the zoom call to guess who we are dancing for 😉 #udejabjabzulfeinteri and then tell me I did it for all of us #gold #olympics #neerajchopra @RedFMIndia @RedFM_Mumbai (sic)”, Mendonsa wrote in her tweet.

While some said the “iota of nonsense that Neeraj Chopra is being subjected to by females” amounted to “sexism”, others slammed Red FM for allowing such behaviour.

A Twitter user wrote, “This is DÌSGUSTING to say the least. You may not have any shàme, but at least respect his stature and dignity”.

Another user argued that “they don’t genuinely respect Neeraj Chopra” or even his achievement because they still see him as “a village boy from Haryana who made it big”, adding that they wouldn’t dare break protocol when interviewing “sports elite like Virat Kohli or Leander Paes”.

(Edited by Neha Mahajan)

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