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How Can She Slap?! is a catchphrase stemming from an incident that occurred during the shoot of Bindass Dadagiri, an Indian reality TV show that claims to be the “meanest TV show” on Indian television.
The show’s production began on June 9, 2008, with the first season being similar to college hazing routines, “where four daring students revisit the horrors of being bullied on the first day of college by surviving three quintessential Dadas in three rounds and compete against each other for a winning sum of Rs. 50,000 in cash.” The four students basically had to endure abuse and Fear Factor style stunts to get through the show.
The incident happened on the first season of the show, when Esha, one of the Dadas, told contestant Ravi Bhatia to “go fuck off” and he responded, “You go.” Angered, Esha made an unscripted slap across Ravi’s face and he responded with an unscripted slap back at her. The show crew appears from off the sides of the set and then began beating him up, all the while he yells his now famous phrase, “HOW CAN SHE SLAP?!?” Ravi ended up in the hospital, beaten and bruised.
Although the incident happened in May of 2008, it didn’t reach public eye until early September 2008 when it was posted on TMZ and caught the public eye. It was subsequently posted on YouTube (although the original postings were taken down by a copyright from GenX Entertainment, repostings of the original normally have about 200k to 500k views), the strangeness of the situation combined with the phrase, “How can she slap?!” was ripe for remixes and gained more and more attention in 2008 and early 2009, at which point the interest began to wane.
How can she BONK
How can she!! Slap? Sleep? Spit?
How Can You Slap? (Remix)
How Can She Slap Me?!?!?!? INSANE EDITION
Interviews, articles, and pages about the slap
Article With Ravi Bhatia About The Incident
Article Released Immediately After It Went Viral
Aftermath of Dadagiri Incident
Netherlands News Article
HOW CAN SHE SLAP?!? (Facebook Group)
The Dadagiri “How Can She Slap!!?” Appreciation Society (Facebook Group)
Urban Dictionary Definition
After having been interviewed on websites after the video was put online, Ravi Bhatia decided to bring a suit against Dadagiri for defamation and the damage against himself for the beatings and is now healed and doing work in other shows and movies.