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! 😀