Who is Contractor Neasamani, Why it is trending worldwide in Social Media.

For the uninitiated, Neasamani is nothing short of an icon in Tamil popular culture. Contractor 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, had Vijay, Suriya, Devayani and others in the star cast.

How did it all start?

Pray_for_Neasamani trended after 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.

An overenthusiastic Vadivelu fan was quick to connect the hammer with a scene from Friends, in which Contractor Neasamani ends up with an injury because one of his inept assistants (Ramesh Kanna) drops a hammer on his head after failing to follow the simplest of instructions. The humour in the scene is accentuated by 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?” Now these two decided to rib the entire Facebook culture of praying for someone with #Pray_for_Neasamani which later snowballed into a major Twitter trend with memes and funny responses.

Soon the hashtag began to gather traction on Twitter and many more Tamil users participated in the fun. The trend really took off when celebrities and official handles of organisations also decided to pay their tribute to the unforgettable Neasamani.

Soon the hashtag began to gather traction on Twitter and many more Tamil users participated in the fun. The trend really took off when celebrities and official handles of organisations also decided to pay their tribute to the unforgettable Neasamani.

Even Apollo Hospital was pulled in, with fake health bulletins on Neasamani’s health reminding one of the days when former CM J Jayalalithaa was hospitalised there.

Neasamani everywhere

Journalists and news editors also jumped into the Neasamani frenzy.

But it wasn’t just journalists, political leaders too weren’t immune to the Neasamani phenomenon.

When one Twitter user threatened to boycott elections if politicians don’t voice their support to Neasamani, DMK MLA TRB Rajaa quipped, “I am going to tonsure my head at 10 am.” Rajaa said that he’d perform several other rituals for Neasamani’s recovery.

DMK spokesperson Saravanan Annadurai, who often accuses PM Narendra Modi of bias against Tamil Nadu, cheekily wrote, “Will our PM visit the hospital to enquire about the health condition of Contractor Nesamani. Or will he atleast send a tweet#Pray_for_Neasamani is he doing this only cos Nesamani is from TN. What if Nesamani was from Gujarat????”

Tamil Twitter drags in AIADMK

The trend took potshots at the AIADMK as netizens made fun of former spokesperson CR Saraswathi who had claimed that late CM Jayalalithaa was fine and had eaten idlis.

Saravanan Annadurai on twitter
Will our PM visit the hospital to enquire about the health condition of Contractor Nesamani. Or will he atleast send a tweet #Pray_for_Neasamani is he doing this only cos Nesamani is from TN. What if Nesamani was from Gujarat???? 😕

Popular brands pitch in

While Twitter was exploding with emotions for one man, could brands be left behind?

While KTV, an entertainment channel which is a part of the Sun network, promoted another movie using Neasamani as a prop, Chennai Super King claimed that Dhoni could have saved Neasamani with his superhuman reflexes.

Nippon India didn’t let go off the opportunity of a free advertising campaign to promote their products.

Undoubtedly, Vadivelu is one of the most iconic Tamil comedians. Though he hasn’t been active in films of late, his old films have made such a deep impression in the minds of the Tamil audience that most of his dialogues have turned into memes. As someone on the internet said, “Vadivelu is deeply interwoven into Tamil culture and our everyday lives.”

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