Published: 14th June 2017
Every Indian student must watch this hilarious video on internships in India by IIT-Bombay students
Inspired by AIB's Honest Videos, IIT-Bombay's BBC brings out their first comedy sketch poking fun at internships and employers. In less than 24, they've hit 25,000 views
IIT- Bombay Broadcast Channel's ''Honest Intern'' will make everyone go "How true!" every few minutes of the video. The hilarious take on internships will give adults something to laugh about and freshers something to giggle nervously about.
In their first attempt at a comedy sketch, the BBC team draws on their own experiences of internship placements at IIT and other institutes, starting from sorting out the resumes.
The protagonist "#bhai" has to take his "over-exaggerated" resume to IIT's verification centre, before which he stops by at a temple, which is straight from a Bollywood flick, background music, special effect footsteps, sentimental dialogues, head banging on the floor et al.
The video then does a funny take on the interviews that happen between the prospective employers and students and they point out how employers have usually made up their minds about why they want to take even before they interview them.
Real World: IIT Bombay's first ever comic sketch, "Honest Intern
Hat tip to Mr Tharoor and his farrago
The protagonist also answers with Tharoor's famous "Exasperating farrago of distortions, misrepresentations and outright lies being broadcast by an unprincipled showman masquerading as a journalist" to a random question and the interviews simply say okay, showing how it doesn't really matter what you say in an interview as long as you are using big words and sound smart, even if the words are unintelligible.
13 reasons why internships don't teach you anything
The student also gets tested on his tolerance levels by being forced to listen to FB's latest sensation 'Dinchak Pooja'.And when the employers ask him what he would do if he didn't get the internship, the protagonist does a '13 Reasons Why' by saying it was time for them to listen to their tape! For those who have been missing from the Netflix scene, in 13 Reasons Why, the lead character lists out reasons for her suicide and leaves behind a tape accusing 13 people!
Some SRK to give it a Bollywood touch
After bagging his internship, the protagonist does an SRK from Om Shanthi Om, giving a thank you speech, taking a jab at 'I got a job' updates on FB. Right at the beginning of the internship, the employer states that the interns are only there because they are the easiest and cheapest labour available. At the end of the end of the internships, the director pokes fun at how it doesn't matter what you learnt as long as you're able to put a PPT together and invariably you will learn how to make a cup of tea!
Inspiration from AIB
The BBC team said that this was their first proper attempt at a sketch comedy, after a trial attempt at making fun of their election season called ''Honest Elections'', which went viral on their campus. Arpit Burad, the lead actor, scriptwriter and director of the 'Honest Intern' was also the director of the election sketch. "I was inspired by AIB's Honest videos, so thought it would make sense for our campus situations as well," he said.
The team decided to take on internships because it is the internship season and they thought it might be something that would do well. And it sure did, in less than 24 hours, the video gained more than 25,000 views on Facebook.
The team is the media wing of the Institute and puts up videos of all its visitors and special events but this year's overall coordinator Samarth Patidar felt like the medium could be made more entertaining and useful and therefore decided to put up comedy sketches.
Summer of comedy sketches
Despite being students at one of India's top Institutes, the students still manage to allot time for their creativity, "Now it's summer, so we have holidays and just have one or two projects to do, so we have the time to work on videos like these," said Dimple Kochar, one of the convenors at BBC.