Thiruvananthapuram: When they decided to dance to the tunes of a hit song from Suriya’s movie Ayan, the 12 teenagers from the Chenkalchoola colony never thought that their video recorded on a mobile phone would create waves on the internet. The video featuring the popular Tamil song ‘Pala Palakkura Pagalaa Nee’ stands out for its making. Abhi, the director, cameraman and editor of the video, has overwhelmed even the professionals with his amazing skills.
“I sat on the shoulders of one of my friends, with my phone attached to a selfie stick that was further mounted on a rod, to take that shot, which resembled a crane shot,” said the seventeen-year-old.
Some time ago, an electrifying recreation of a stunt scene from the same movie by the group had gone viral.
“After the stunt video, people asked us to do a special video on Suriya’s birthday, as a tribute to him. We are not professionals but we all wish to pursue a career in cinema. Before shooting, I looked into the minutest details of the scenes. From the internet, I tried to grasp the techniques of editing. Some shots couldn’t be replicated with perfection. There, I brought in my own creativity,” said Abhi.
The group had started off with small Tik Tok videos. “Surprisingly, we found that our videos were grabbing attention. That helped us in realising our talents and we started doing more performances,” said Jobin one of the dancers.
The amazing dance video was shot in 21 days and the action sequence, in 45 days. “With the phone mounted on a rod, we sometimes had to record more than 20 takes. If I was not satisfied, we would reshoot it the very next day,” said Abhi.
Initially, their efforts were not taken seriously by the family and neighbours. But with this instant success, Abhi says that his family has promised him to buy a camera.
“We didn’t know the scope of starting a YouTube channel. After realising that our videos are posted on many other channels, we started one –– ‘Creativity at Speak’ –– with the help of our well-wishers,” said Jobin.
Meanwhile, many actors and prominent personalities, including Suriya, are showering praise on them for the amazing fight sequence and trending video song, mostly shot on the alleyways of Rajaji Nagar or Chenkalchoola. “Loved this… too good! Stay safe!”, wrote the actor while sharing the clip.