Some of the familiar Malayali faces in entertainment turn to apps and music to keep up their spirits during the lockdown


MetroPlus catches up with a couple of well-known faces to know the way they saved themselves busy on a number of social media platforms

In good firm

Ever since the lockdown was introduced, Archana Kavi has been posting candid shoots at her residence in Delhi, together with her mother and father, Jose Kavi and Rosamma, and her pet canine, Phoebe. Once she was carried out with that, the actor-YouTuber tried one thing new – a photoshoot utilizing the FaceTime app. While she posed from her residence, photographer Maneka Murali, her good friend and assistant director of her internet sequence, Meenaviyal, shot it on her iPhone from Kochi.

From Archana Kavi’s photoshoot utilizing FaceTime app  
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Maneka Murali

“I wanted to try something other than making videos with my family. In fact, my mother was not in a mood to shoot after finishing her duty at a hospital here. That’s when I thought of the FaceTime shoot and it came out well,” Archana says. While some pictures are from inside her residence, the relaxation had been taken on the terrace [check out her Instagram page, archanakavi].

Meanwhile, Archana is ready for the lockdown to be lifted to launch her new internet sequence. “The post-production work has been done to some extent,” she provides.

Full of beans

The vivacious Pearle Maaney has come up with a sequence, Elastic and Plastic, on her YouTube web page, Pearle Maaney. The tv anchor-actor performs these two characters utilizing SnapChat’s a number of filters. “I used the filters to drive home the message of ‘breaking the chain’ to prevent the spread of COVID-19 before the lockdown was announced. When that video clicked, I thought of doing more and thus was born the possessive Plastic or Plassu, and her boyfriend, Elastic. The new entry is Kambarkkat, who is Srini [Srinish Aravind], my husband,” she laughs.

Pearle Maaney and Srinish Aravind in a still from the web series, ‘Avastha’

Pearle Maaney and Srinish Aravind in a nonetheless from the internet sequence, ‘Avastha’  
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She has additionally launched an internet sequence, Avastha, starring herself and Srinish. Shot in her residence with simply 4 individuals, it’s about Aishwarya, who runs a boutique, and Surya, her potential groom. Their first assembly is a catastrophe, however Surya is caught together with her due to the lockdown. “It is not easy to handle many things at a time. But making people laugh is the best way to keep them positive during this tough time,” she provides.

Virtual join

Lockdown has seen Rimi Tomy realise her dream of having her personal YouTube channel. Besides movies of her journey from the pre-lockdown interval, the singer has posted cookery movies and exercise classes on her channel, Rimi Tomy Official. “I started the page to upload videos and photographs from my travels. I also wanted to post some songs. But, during the lockdown, I found myself spending more time in the kitchen, attempting some recipes I found on YouTube. Once the dishes were appreciated, I decided to upload my first cookery video of beef roast,” says the singer.

Rimi Tomy

She admits that many viewers had been stunned to see her in that function. “Perhaps, they never expected me to cook! I am enjoying the whole process. After all, there is something special about putting out something of my own for the world to see,” she laughs. Rimi says that the channel will assist her in the future as a singer as she plans to add cowl variations and singles.

Fun with music

Shabareesh Varma has not been lively on Instagram till just lately. However, since mid-April, the lyricist-singer-actor has been internet hosting dwell classes on his web page (shabare_esh), that includes musicians. “I came upon the idea after I was invited for an Insta live by an FM channel. I had planned it as a four-day programme. Soon, I started getting references about singing talents from my friends’ circle and their network of friends. So I decided to continue it. Since I wanted to listen to new talents, I have been featuring up-and-coming musicians,” says Shabareesh.

Shabareesh Varma

Initially known as Midnight Music Fun, he went dwell at 12 midnight from a darkish room, that too sporting LED glasses! “I wanted to try something new and these sessions continued till the wee hours of the day,” he says. Now, the classes, renamed Insta Café, begins at 10 pm and they go properly previous the one-hour deadline as he information a brand new video after the first.

Insta Cafe is streamed on alternate days. “I have a list of singers for the next 10 days or so,” says Shabareesh. A percussionist, Shabareesh provides that he began taking classes in Carnatic and Hindustani music and guitar after the lockdown began.

On track

Music has saved Ramya Nambessan busy during the lockdown. The actor-singer has uploaded movies of two Tamil covers sung by her on her YouTube web page, Ramya Nambessan Encore.

Ramya Nambessan in a still from the video of the cover song ‘Konji pesida’

Ramya Nambessan in a nonetheless from the video of the cowl track ‘Konji pesida’  
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While the first one is the Harris Jayaraj-track ‘Anal mele panithuli’ from Vaaranam Aayiram, the second is the duet, ‘Konji pesida’ from Sethupathi. “During the lockdown, it was art, especially music, that kept many of us tension-free. Although we are worried about the future, music has kept me in a positive mood,” she says.

Ramya says that ‘Anal mele’, sung by Sudha Ragunathan is shut to her coronary heart because it “triggers many emotions” in her. The video was shot by her brother, Rahul Subramanian, a composer, at their residence in Kochi, and he performed the keyboard as properly. The second observe, initially picturised on Ramya and Vijay Sethupathi, was shot on the premises of their workplace area. “The track is particular as a result of Chitra chechi [KS Chitra] has carried out the playback for me,” she says.

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