Hari Shanker R

Hari Shanker R

A Happiness Engineer at Automattic.

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Watch this video!

For mallus, especially to those who’ve watched the movie ‘Udayananu Thaaram’ (or at least those who are familiar with its songs), that might’ve been a laugh riot, ain’t it? Well… at least in a matter of speaking, considering the mind-boggling similarities between the hindi soundtrack and the mallu video, the entire video was rather humorous, at least in some remote, tongue-in-cheek fashion, nah? (For those who beg to differ, well, go f@#k yourself!) Believe it or not, that the piece was conceptualized, produced, edited and directed by yours’ truly? 😛

The story behind ‘The Karale Megamix’ dates some three years back to early 2005. The idea clicked when I first saw the Karale song in the movie. I noticed this striking similarity to Woh Ladki hain kahaan from Dil Chahta Hai, especially in the vintage car scene. Why not mix them? It would be damn bloody hilarious! I was in the threshold of producing a movie on my own at that time. The remix would introduce familiarize me with the editing process as well.

Thus began an arduous process. I didn’t have pro-movie editing softwares at that time (it was the pre-torrent era, mind you!). Ergo, I had to get satisified with the good old VCD Cutter, GoldWave (for audio-editing), and this freeware chinese software called TMPEG Enc for mixing. A measly memory of 384MB (effective 368; the rest was clogged by my Intel Extreme 2 graphics card!), meant outrageously slow processing times, and occasional system crashes (A 128 MB DIMM module of mine was, and still is, faulty. More memory usage and: Poof! Restart! Back to square one). After creating and synchronizing the first thirty seconds came the catch 22. I needed more video to match the edited out 3:20 long version of the song! That meant, more video clips from the movie (songs like Parayathe Ariyaathe and Penne penne).

Finally, after nearly two weeks of relentless work, The Karale Megamix was born. It premiered to standing ovation at LA Fest ’05. The rest, as they say, is History. After some 15-20 edits, I uploaded the 2007 edition of the remix in YouTube. It got a staggering 258 views on the day of release (thanks to publicity via orkut)!

Do watch the video if your bandwidth permits. For those who’re perennially short of MBs (like me), no worries! The video’s smaller than 10 MB.

Expecting your comments! 😀

6 Comments

  1. ഞാന്‍

    സത്യം! ഉദയനാണ് താരം എന്ന സിനിമ കൊട്ടിഘോഷിച്ചത് പോലെ എന്തെങ്കിലും ഉണ്ടായിരുന്നോ? എനിക്ക് വലിയ പ്രത്യേകതകള്‍ ഒന്നും തോന്നിയിരുന്നില്ല,… പാട്ടുകളൊഴിച്ച് ബാക്കിയെല്ലാം ബോറായിരുന്നു!

  2. Hari

    ഉദയനാണ് താരം ഞാന്‍ പണ്‍ട് ബ്ലാക്കില്‍ കണ്ട് സിനിമയാണ്! 😀 അതു കൊണ് ഞാന്‍ കൂടുതല്‍ ഒന്നും പറയുന്നില്ല!

    സിനിമയിലെ പാട്ടുക്ള്‍ വളരെ മെച്ചപ്പെട്ടതായിരുന്നു. എങിലും ഈ അടിച്ചുമാറ്റല്‍ കുറച്ചു കുടിപ്പൊയി! ആ വീടിയൊ കണ്‍ടാല്‍ അറിയാം. ചില സീനുകള്‍ തമ്മില്‍ ഒരു രക്ഷയുമില്ലാത്ത സാമ്യം ഉണ്ട്! 🙂

  3. Spartan

    tat was an excellent work da……..keep doin remixes…..but avasaanam ladki hai vaham ennu paranju mohanlaline kaanichathu sheriyaayilla……..hi hi..

  4. Hari

    😀
    Thanks man!
    Njaanum Mohanalal fan aane! Ennaalum irikkatte! Ellaayidathum Lalettan angane hero aavanda! 🙂

  5. Sreehari H

    good work dude!!!
    i would suggest you to do one with your own pics and videos till now.An
    autobiographical video.just try if u are interested

  6. Hari

    Hmmm… 😀
    I’ve already made one. But it needs more work, going by my standards. Not up to the mark, y’know! 🙂

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