“Though I haven’t extensively tried cinema, I’ve always had an interest in it.
Even before I was a teenager, I knew that I had no stage fear. This quality of me helped me to work on public shows.
Both my parents are lawyers. Not just because of that, I did law, and that too after completing my engineering; it was a decision that I regret at times.
During my engineering, in 2013, I stepped into being a theatre artist. I knew that I would become a performer one day, but that process was slow and took a lot of turns.
One fine day, one of my juniors asked me to perform for their play, and fortunately, I ended up directing the whole play. That was the moment I realized the essence of direction in me. Though I was equipped technically to direct a film, I developed myself in learning the cine-technical terms.
Law college days were technically weird as I had been low for so many weeks because of the lack of recognition for my performance and concept.
With one of my friends’ push, I was able to do my first stand-up show, and when I realized that the audience loved my work, I put much effort into participating in many other open mics to perform as a stand-up comedian.
Within a span of 6 months, I performed on a 30-min show, which was surprising for me. I started getting attention.
I decided to open a YouTube Channel for our works – Vikkals – which predominantly is a word that combines Vikram & Nakkals, which one of my audiences suggested.
In between, I worked on scripts for series & short films as well.
After months, one of India’s politician’s gestures became popular, which made my video “When you speak Hindi in Tamilnadu” become viral, and it touched 1M instantly.
Shocked, we were!
Then, we started working on many videos, ad shoots, solo stage performances, and so on.
With no great luck, I (with my most supportive friends) considered giving one last chance of hope to Vikkals.
My friend & I decided to take the challenge of the ‘100 reels for 100 days’ concept and started working on Instagram reel concepts. That’s when Instagram bloomed in our lives in early 2022.
On the 10th day – our concept became a hit. The reel worked astonishingly. Soon, a couple of our videos crossed 1M hits.
Interviews happened, recognitions happened, and people started noticing us, and appreciating our concepts & performance.
But who said there was a down part in our lives?
In a week of 7 days, there was at least a day where we would have lost our hope, confidence, and strength. Failures will actually make you feel bad. But it’s okay! Failures will also help you learn your flaws, and those aren’t just ‘failures’; they are ‘learnings’ which shape the better you for tomorrow.
Perfection is an illusion. Don’t strive to be perfect; instead, keep the action alive. Just keep doing it!”