Two Professor lookalikes in Pakistan | YouTube, 9Gag, Netflix screenshot | Source: Author
Two Professor lookalikes in Pakistan | YouTube, Facebook, Netflix screenshot | Source: Author
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Spoiler alert! When Money Heist season 5 ends where does the Professor go? The same place that comes to his help every time — Pakistan. The show may end with the finale coming this December, but the Professor’s lookalike or Álvaro Morte’s lookalike has set up a kirana store somewhere in Pakistan—as seen in the photo— and is planning the next heist. But there isn’t one but two lookalikes of the famous Professor in Pakistan. Yes, it’s part of the plan.

One Professor is available for mobile recharge, chilled Coke, Vicks if you catch a cold, and whatnot. Tu lo dices y el lo tiene (You say it and he has it). Don’t you even for a minute think that the Professor is poor, for all the kirana business is a smokescreen, till he is all set to rob the State Bank of Pakistan. What Professor’s associates will find there may be an empty vault, but not every heist can be a cakewalk, after all.

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The second twin found in Karachi is Farhan, and guess what, he works in a bank. Farhan watches the show Money Heist and is aware of his uncanny resemblance to the star of the show. His boss asks him why he’s wasting his life in a bank job when he’s a Professor lookalike. And Farhan’s friends have been telling him that he should change his hairstyle and look a bit so that he doesn’t look so much like the Professor anymore. Does he copy the Professor? He says, no chance.


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Professor’s Pakistani connection

The Professor’s Pakistan connection has been stronger than 5G. If it weren’t for 65 Pakistani geniuses hacking the Spanish telecommunications, how would have the heist gone forward? Remember the Pakistani surgeon virtually assisting a bullet-removing operation during the heist? The guys from Pakistan switched the signal to help Professor inside a parking garage. There is a reason why even in the latest season, the Professor was told to “contact Pakistan”. He did and his troubles didn’t increase, even if it didn’t go away. Although calling Pakistan in an emergency now leads to a Covid-19 public service message first –wonder if the Professor’s plans get derailed because of the hath dhona prelude?

When the Professor is calling Pakistan then who even needs a call from the president of the United States? Hey Joe Biden, are you watching this?

The Pakistani fans of Money Heist have also responded in kind to the Professor and his team over the years. How else do you think the show’s team got their very own national identity cards in Pakistan, that too with swanky new names. The fans have created it all. The Professor is now Shaikh Parwaiz Imtiyaz, Nairobi now Nadia Akhtar, Berlin now Bilal Abbasi, Tokyo is Taniya Khattak, Rio is Raja Zeeshan Ali, and Denver renamed as Delawar Khan Masood. Digitally, declared the citizens of Pakistan.

There was an advertising campaign in 2020 for an online company called 50 Crore, which was more than inspired by the Spanish serial. The fans fell for the campaign and believed it was a Pakistani film version of Money Heist. The posters and the promos showed the cast dressed in their signature red uniforms, with mugshots of characters named after Pakistani cities of Dadu, Rahim Yar Khan, Mianwali, Sahiwal etc. Only (Rs) 50 Crore everyone wondered? That’s the amount the Professor would have given as a tip, it was argued. Secretly, some would have wished it were a Pakistani film because the soundtrack Bella Ciao was already made. But not yet.

 

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Spoiler alert!

Much loved Tokyo’s ‘death’ in the last episode of Money Heist has left many Pakistan fans in a state of shock, disbelief and some are even mourning. While many have been praying for her to find eternal peace, there are those who are now worried about how the country will go forward without Tokyo. Some would want the flag at half-mast till the next season. The quintessential conspiracies theorists believe Tokyo’s death actually happened for a reason, while others blame the Imran Khan government. True fans all of them.

For now, we can enjoy the Pakistan episode of Money Heist. All of the Professor’s men rob Habib Bank. The heist is successful but then things take a dark turn when the Professor arrives to pick the team up on a motorbike. First, they don’t fit, second, the motorbike goes out of petrol. What cruel climax!

As #MoneyHeistSeason5 trended on Pakistan Twitter along with #Shalwar over the weekend, only one thing was clear – the Professor’s Pakistan connection only means brighter days and more heist. Ciao, till we find more lookalikes in kirana stores and banks who could give us further leads on what’s next for the Professor.

A scene from Pakistani tribute to Money Heist on Youtube

The author is a freelance journalist from Pakistan. Her Twitter handle is @nailainayat. Views are personal.

(Edited by Neera Majumdar)

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