Alvin Emmatty is the new star on TikTok ever since his funny video featuring a Malayalam parody of the Telugu song 'Dheevara' from the blockbuster movie 'Baahubali' became viral, thanks to ‘Collector Bro’ Prasanth Nair IAS who shared the video on his Facebook page.
The collector had added the video to his Facebook wall as a means to convey his message on intermittent hartals that plagued normal life in the state. Prasanth Nair is currently the Deputy Secretary to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in Kochi. He earned the moniker 'Collector Bro' following his down-to-earth attitude, social activities and mingling with the common people especially when he was serving as the Kozhikode District Collector before.
Calling attention to the general attitude of people towards hartal Prasanth wrote, 'No matter who calls a hartal, people are of the view that it should should pass off well...why we don't realise the gravity of the situation is because we don't see the victims who are trampled under the strikes and the turmoils forcefully unleashed with political and muscle power..."
He further describes the travails of the daily-wage earners who are not part of any organization and drawing example from the video he said 'no matter what people say, we hear only what we like to...' and further congratulated Alvin for 'explaining such a deep philosophy in a simple manner,'
But Alvin was quick to reply that he had only acted in the video and that the lines belonged to somebody else. Facebook users immensely liked Alvin’s honesty and made the video viral.
A third semester nursing student in Florida, US, Alvin hails from Thrissur. He has been active on TikTok over the past one year and can hardly believe the latest developments.
“I create TikTok videos often to pass time but it became viral only now. I am a big fan of Collector Bro and am elated to see him sharing my video. Now, I am a star in South Florida and all Keralites here support me. I get encouragement from Kerala also,” said Alvin.
Corresponding to the first couple of lines in the song the Malayalam texts on the cards read, 'Nee Para, Busile Soumya Aara, Pushkara, Nee Gambheera, Nee Para (You tell, who is Soumya in the bus, Pushkara, you are superb, you tell)
“My wish is to enter films and started doing the videos as I have dreams of acting in films. All these congratulatory messages have boosted my confidence,” Alvin added.
After completing his course, Alvin plans to pursue his acting dreams seriously.
He said that he did not realize the lines of the viral video held such a deep philosophical meaning and that he shared all the greetings he received with the person who wrote them.
When piracy of all kinds is rampant, Alvin has set an example by sharing the credit of the video with the real author of the Malayalam text that was the crux of the video.