Shimla: Just short of being 100 years old, a mountain man's appeal to the nation to vote has 10 times the number of hits online than a Bollywood megastars' musical video staring Amitabh Bachchan and Dia Mirza.
The story of Shyam Saran Negi, 97, one of the oldest voters in India and a believer in democracy since 1951, and the musical video were posted by Google India under its Pledge To Vote campaign March 24.
The 2.34-minute video on Negi, showing him trudging through snow-laden paths to reach a polling booth to exercise his franchise, has over 33,000 viewers till Thursday, whereas the musical video has over 3,000 viewers.
The musical video features Amitabh Bachchan, cricketer Virender Sehwag, Dia Mirza, Swara Bhaskar, Sakshi Tanwar, Arjun Rampal, Hrishitaa Bhatt and Raima Sen.
"The upcoming Indian elections will be the largest democratic election in history, with over 800 million voters. This is the true story of a man who never missed an opportunity to vote.