Meet the biryani trio be­hind the par­ody

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Henna Rakheja

Guess the con­nect be­tween Ed Sheeran and biryani? It’s the new video Biryani An­them – Shape of You Par­ody by three In­dian comics. The Face­book link of this video got 2 mil­lion views within 24 hours, and its cast Ahmed Shar­iff, Praveen Ku­mar and San­jay Manaktala, all three from Ban­ga­lore, are thrilled.

The video was Shar­iff ’s con­cept — he was the only one who had felt sure of a strong re­sponse. Ku­mar and Manaktala are rather amazed. “I didn’t know that peo­ple are as mad for biryani as we were. It’s just get­ting big­ger,” says Manaktala. At last count, the num­ber of Face­book views had crossed 3.22 mil­lion. Delhi-based comic Amit Tan­don has a cameo in the par­ody video.

Why biryani? “Why not? It’s the most pop­u­lar,” says Shar­iff. “Also, we have made biryani-re­lated sketches and Praveen is known as the ‘biryani man’ in our group.” Ku­mar adds, “I can­not ex­press through words, my love for biryani!”

The video is be­ing liked not just by Ed Sheeran fans but also by those who can re­late to In­di­ans gorg­ing them­selves on food at a wed­ding. “It took me less than an hour to write the first draft of the song, but a month-and-a-half to shoot,” says Shar­iff. Seen as Mr Per­fec­tion­ist by his comic co-stars, he wanted to get ev­ery de­tail right. It meant a lot of re­takes, but Manaktala says, “I’m happy I didn’t back out of it and had fun with Ahmed.”

I didn’t know that peo­ple are as mad for biryani as we were. It’s just get­ting big­ger SAN­JAY MANAKTALA CO­ME­DIAN

Praveen Ku­mar, San­jay Manaktala (be­low left) and Ahmed Shar­iff (be­low right)

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