Mahathalli gets real about her popular lockdown and quarantine YouTube videos


“My mom was a nerd when I was young,” recollects Janhavi Dasetty over the cellphone, “She did her Master’s to become a principal. Then she applied for a lecturer course as she always wanted to get out of India and explore other countries. Now she’s in Doha and working as a nursing instructor, so she was teaching a lot. But now she’s now stepped into the nurses’ shoes and helping the COVID-19 patients . When I hear her stories on a daily basis (she’s doing night shifts), I feel really proud of her work contributing to fight against the crisis. Her tests came back negative, which is a real relief.”

Perhaps that is what impressed the YouTuber’s latest and popular video ‘Quarantine with MOM’, a humorous however candy tribute to moms in the course of the lockdowns. The video, posted on March 25, has over 1,000,000 views; as does one other video ‘Side Effects Of Quarantine.’ Though her videos are often in Telugu, subtitles can be found.

Janhavi Dasetty aka Mahathalli in ‘Quarantine with MOM’ on YouTube
 

Ask Janhavi, higher recognized by her alter-ego Mahathalli, about her life in the course of the lockdown, and she responds, “I hate to say it, but I’m liking lockdown; I like staying with my family and I love it when everybody’s indoors. Usually my brother just runs out the door (even though he spends enough time here when he comes for vacations), but this is the maximum time he has spent at the house,” she laughs. “On the other hand, my mom and dad are not here with me, so I’m a little worried about them.”

Adjusting to new norms

Professionally, Janhavi is used to her staff of 4 or 5 folks (resembling her scriptwriter, her assistant director, her cinematographer) on whom she is often dependent. Now, her husband and her brother are serving to out with the capturing of the videos. “I’m also transferring the raw files to my editor and my team and I go back and forth to get the scripting done before shooting.” Janhavi factors out that her husband can be working from house and explains that her shoot schedule should not conflict together with his timings. She provides, “[My brother and my husband] do help me out, but not much so I’m cooking and cleaning, and trying every possible new dish!”

Such quotidian dilemmas replicate in her April 1 video ‘Side Effects Of Quarantine.’ The 13-minute video on YouTube addresses the gender roles in a family, the frequent calls many younger folks could be making to their moms about what to make, making an attempt to repair family home equipment your self, video-chatting with buddies who dwell close by, the countless binge-watching, and, after all, the inexorable inner-monologues about existentialism and the state of the world. The video is balanced in maintaining issues gentle whereas additionally not trivialising the making an attempt occasions. She feedback, “I think, though, people around us are handling the lockdown really well, taking on responsibility; so there are some really good things happening.”

Janhavi Dasetty aka Mahathalli in ‘Side Effects Of Quarantine’ on YouTube

Janhavi Dasetty aka Mahathalli in ‘Side Effects Of Quarantine’ on YouTube
 

The self-proclaimed introvert is used to capturing at house, explaining that this has all the time been the norm with her videos. “The only difference is that I don’t have my team barging in happily.” She does add that the cinematographer on her staff often takes care of the pictures for her videos, resembling close-ups, sure angles and lighting. But now she is endeavor these obligations. She jokes, “I’ll stop going to the office and stop calling people to my house and just become a cinematographer by the end of this!”

Learning a brand new talent was executed by necessity, although Janhavi is conscious that social media has been brimming with posts of individuals studying a brand new talent. “I first felt the pressure too,” she remarks, “and I saw everybody was doing something new and I thought ‘what am I doing?’ because my time was going into household errands. You also wonder where these people find the time!”

Jahnavi concludes that the videos are aimed to carry some pleasure to herself and her now 1.5 million subscribers. Her latest analytics present she has subscribers, outdated and new, in non-Telugu-speaking components of India in addition to within the United States. In a time like this, the power to attach with extra folks is proscribed solely by the attain of the Internet, she says, and she finds it much more inspiring and uplifting throughout such particularly powerful occasions.

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