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05 June 2019

Siddharth Roshan


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Bhubaneswar: While Odisha was hit by a Category 4 cyclone on May 3, 2019, the coverage it received on national media disappointed two Bhubaneswar-based professionals, who are also stand-up comedians, and the outcome of which was a parody 'Samachar Hai Ya', that has gone viral on social media.

The video published on their youtube account 'Bhubaneswar Komedians', features a lawyer Akash Baghar and an MBA aspirant Samar Pratap Nayak, who have interestingly pointed out how the national media is now only concerned about sensational election and entertainment news.

It ironically mentions about how national media now shows paid news, is only concerned about fog in Nodia, flood in Mumbai and frothing lake in Bengaluru while ignoring the pleas of Odisha.

OMMCOM NEWS reached out to the minds behind the parody to know what led them to target the mainstream media. In his reaction Samar said, "While we were surviving FANI, I personally felt a lack of media coverage. In fact one of the newspapers had mentioned that the impact of FANI had been felt in the eastern coast and they named Jharkhand, Kolkata and Andhra Pradesh, while they forgot to mention Odisha, where the landfall had occurred."

The picture featured in the publication for illustration purpose was also one of Puri, added Samar while stating that Odisha, being considered a poor State, is taken for granted. Giving example of the outrage in Chennai when national media had ignored the Chennai floods Samar also expressed his disappointment on how people of Odisha lack proactiveness.

Akash mentioned that there was some outrage on social media about the lack of national coverage the cyclone in Odisha received. There were no live feeds on current happenings, delay in sanction of relief funds and no hashtags trending all of a sudden.

A tweet by a journalist Meera Mohanty which read - Even that frothing lake in Bangalore gets more media attention than a cyclone battered Odisha is getting - put a lot of perspective on the amount of lack of national media outrage and it propelled him to make a video about it, Akash added.

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Samar Pratap Nayak, Stand-Up Comedian

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Akash Baghar, Stand-Up Comedian