Meet the ge­niuses be­hind the video Fast and Fu­ri­ous India

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Ab­hi­nav Verma ab­hi­nav.verma@htlive.com

IThe Fast and the Fu­ri­ous movie fran­chise is one of the most suc­cess­ful in the world. The lat­est film, The Fate of the Fu­ri­ous, or The Fast and the Fu­ri­ous 8, scored the high­est gross­ing open­ing week­end ever, re­port­edly cross­ing the half-a-bil­lion dol­lar mark world­wide. Closer home, for a tiny frac­tion of the money it cost to make the movie, a video spoof­ing the film has been set­ting its own record. So­cial me­dia views of the video by the comedic group Jordindian have so far crossed four mil­lion within days of its re­lease.

Meet Vi­neeth “beep” Ku­mar and Naser Al Azzeh, the hi­lar­i­ous duo be­hind the video, ti­tled Fast and Fu­ri­ous India, which shows the two nar­row­ing their eyes at each other, ready to race… in a Maruti Zen and an au­torick­shaw. This race is nei­ther fast nor fu­ri­ous, as their way is blocked by a cow, danc­ing chil­dren, and a po­lice­man.

Ku­mar is a Ban­glore-based em­cee, a beat­boxer, and a TV host. Al Azzeh is a Jor­da­nian na­tional, brought up in India. He is a break dancer and a free­lance film­maker. To­gether they formed Jordindian in 2016. They tell all to HT City.

HOW THEY GOT STARTED

On go­ing vi­ral: “It started about a year ago when we de­cided to come to­gether and make a video for friends and fam­ily, but the re­sponse was good, so we said, ‘Why not make another?’ We wanted our videos to go vi­ral — who wouldn’t? Happy to see that it worked out.” On the spoof idea: “We al­ways imag­ined what it would be like to ac­tu­ally have a fast and fu­ri­ous race on In­dian roads. And we thought of all the ob­sta­cles that would get in the way, things we see in our daily life.” On par­o­dy­ing cinema… “Be it spoof­ing Hol­ly­wood or Bol­ly­wood, we try to get the best hu­mour out of ev­ery­thing… as long as it stays re­lat­able and makes us laugh.” On the cul­ture of eas­ily tak­ing of­fence: “Well, so far, peo­ple have been re­ally nice and have been very sup­port­ive of our work. We feel for­tu­nate and hope that it con­tin­ues to stay that way. As for be­ing po­lit­i­cally cor­rect or in­cor­rect, ev­ery­one has their opin­ion and we try not to let that get in our way.” On ad­vis­ing co­me­di­ans: “Our aim is not to mock but to pro­vide a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive. Satire is an ac­quired taste; the beauty of it is that some will get the mes­sage and some will get a laugh out of it — we are fine with both. We are up­com­ing our­selves, but if we had to give ad­vice to other, newer artists, we’d say, ‘If you’re not hav­ing fun, you’re do­ing it wrong.’”

From top: A still from The Fast and the Fu­ri­ous 8; shots from the spoof video

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