Social media has allowed a number of skills to have their quarter-hour of fame over time. Three years in the past, a viral video from a sangeet of a small marriage ceremony in Madhya Pradesh gave rise to 1 such in a single day star – the dancing uncle. Sanjeev Shrivastava, a professor, turned well-known when a video of him dancing to Govinda’s Aapke Aa Jane Se, went viral. A brand new brief movie titled Aapke Aa Jane Se, has recreated a fictionalised account of the incident, exhibiting the life-changing energy of social media.
Actor Manu Rishi Chadha, identified for his efficiency in movies like Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhaan and Hum Do Hamare Do, essays the lead function of the dancing uncle within the movie. Speaking to us in regards to the movie and his function, the actor says, “I was excited to be a part of this film as it tells the story of an ordinary man with an extraordinary story. It feels like I have portrayed a part of myself through this character. I like playing these characters that are relatable and real. In this case, it is inspired from a real person and incident, so it was even more challenging.”
Manu admits he didn’t meet the true dancing uncle Sanjeev- the inspiration behind his character. “It is as much his story as it the story of any common Indian man thrust into sudden limelight. We have fictionalised it taking inspiration from what happened with him. But it takes liberties. So, I did not meet him for preparation. But I am sure that I may end up meeting him sooner or later. He is a celebrity in his own right today,” he tells us. But he says it wasn’t tough moving into the pores and skin of the character. He elaborates, “I could relate to him a bit. Though I am not as technologically challenged as he is, but there were parts of the character that were very familiar to me.”
After his authentic video went viral in 2018 (it has 85 million views until date), Sanjeev aka Dabbu drew reward from stars and even met Govinda and Salman Khan, later embarking on a profitable side-career as a YouTuber. Talking about this transformative energy of the Internet, Manu says, “Today, social media can transform lives overnight. I make it a point to scroll through the videos created by the influencers on reels every day. There is so much content and talent, and what I like is the rawness of it. On the big screen, everything has finesse. But their content is raw, unpolished. It is very enjoyable,” says Manu.
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Aapke Aa Jane Se, directed by Shiladitya Bora, was premiered by Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films final week and is at present accessible on YouTube, the place it’s getting numerous love from followers. “It’s always good to get messages of appreciation from fans and colleagues,” says Manu, “It just encourages me to keep doing better.”