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Stars in the making at Technopark

A scene from ‘Oru Dubsmash Padam’   | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

For Sreedevi Sarat most weekends are devoted to Musical.ly, an app to create and share short videos with the world. An employee with an MNC in Technopark, she dubs for movie clippings or dances for popular songs using the app and posts them on her account. “I record five to six videos at a stretch and then upload them one after the other..,” says Sreedevi, gushing over one of the videos that went viral — a scene from Happy Weddings featuring Sharafudheen.

Sreedevi Sarat

Sreedevi Sarat   | Photo Credit: Abhijith S.K.

She got introduced to Musical.ly only a few months ago and now she is hooked to it.

Sreejith Nair C.S., another techie, has his wife, Anusree C., an electrical engineer, as his partner in crime. “We do individual shoots or as a duo. We then compile the videos and post them on social media. It has become a sort of addiction,” says Sreejith.

Sreejith Nair C.S.

Sreejith Nair C.S.   | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

His favourite is “the wedding night scene” from Arjunanpillayum Anchumakkalum, featuring Harisree Asokan and Kalpana. “We also enjoyed doing a scene from Parakkum Thalika, picturised on Harisree Asokan and Nithya Das,” he adds.

Setting a trend

They are among the scores of employees in Technopark who are having a ball dubbing and sharing their videos using various apps. To know the extent of the popularity of the apps, log on to Facebook page of Technoparktoday.com that is currently running a Dubsmash competition for the employees. New entries are being posted every day and the number has crossed 60. According to office-bearers of the portal, the videos will be judged by a panel. The number of likes each video gets will also be taken into account. Plans are in place to encourage talented actors.

Akhil Das

Akhil Das   | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

The videos are mostly shot using the apps Dubsmash and Musical.ly, with the latter having more takers on account of its special features for editing, adjusting speed, reusing sound used by others, and option for duet sessions. Nowadays many prefer the Triller app. “While there is a time limit on Musical.ly, there is no such curbs on Triller,” says Akhil Das of RMESI. “I want variety in what I do. Initially I had uploaded comic scenes from Tamil movies. Now I try to dub for actors/scenes rarely chosen by others. For example, Jayaram-Premkumar scene from Puthukkottayile Puthumanavalan,” Akhil adds.

Some scenes are a staple with the IT crowd such as the banter between Salim Kumar-Bindu Panicker from Thilakkam, Nazriya’s cute act in Ohm Shanthi Oshaana, Srinda-Nivin Pauly’s hilarious post-wedding scenes from 1983, Sobhana’s Nagavalli avatar in Manichithrathazhu...

Seba Rose Tom

Seba Rose Tom   | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

Seba Rose Tom of Softnotions Technologies says that she opted for Ohm Shanthi Oshaana (Nazriya), Kilukkam (Kilukkam), Sreekrishnapurathe Nakshathrathilakkam (Bindu Panicker) and 1983 (Srinda) in her videos because the expressions suited her character. “Acting is a passion for me and this is one way I could fulfil my dream,” says Seba, adding that she got a lot of appreciation for applying heavy make-up and lip-syncing Srinda’s famous ‘Make-up kooduthalaano chetta?’ dialogue in 1983.

Many employees, especially women, admit that they are ardent followers of dubsmash queen Sowbhagya Venkitesh.

Saranya Gopan

Saranya Gopan   | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

Saranya Gopan of PIT Solutions is one of them and she is a keen practitioner now. “Initially you will struggle with the timing. But once you do it regularly, it becomes easy,” says Saranya.

Ashwini P. of Zyxware Technologies Pvt. Ltd, for example, took the trouble to dress like Parvathy from Take Off for her emotional encounter with Fahadh Faasil’s character. “My colleagues encouraged me to do the role and shot the video,” she says.

Ashwini P.

Ashwini P.   | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

Comedy is a comfort zone for most of the enthusiasts. Such sequences get easily noticed, says Febin C.M. of Finastra who enjoys lip-syncing to dialogues of Jagathy Sreekumar and Innocent. Meanwhile there are techies who enjoy shooting in groups.

(From left) Mariam Affrin, Nithin Narayan, Nayana Prabhu and Sreelal Pillai

(From left) Mariam Affrin, Nithin Narayan, Nayana Prabhu and Sreelal Pillai   | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

Nithin Narayan, Sreelal Pillai, Nayana Prabhu and Mariam Affrin is one such gang. “We all are film buffs and have a blast while shooting the videos,” says Nithin. They have uploaded scenes from In Harihar Nagar, Minnaram and Akkareyakkareyakkare.

Anish Roy

Anish Roy   | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

Anish Roy of Applexus Technologies went a step ahead and made a 30-minute movie, Oru Dubsmash Padam, last year featuring 48 employees from his company. “It was our company’s 11th anniversary and we wanted to do something new. The movie was shot in such a way that I could showcase all facilities of our new office. However, none, including the lead character, knew the complete story while they were shooting and when we finally screened it on the big screen they were ecstatic,” says Anish, the scenarist, editor, cameraman and director of the movie.

For those with a passion for acting and movie, these apps open the door to a multitude of opportunities to showcase their innate skills.

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