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The dream of seeing all the Kollywood superstars together in one frame may have remained a distant dream had it not been for Madurai-based animator Kathir Kumaran. (Express Photo)

The dream of seeing all the Kollywood superstars together in one frame may have remained a distant dream had it not been for Madurai-based animator Kathir Kumaran. Fans have seen them risk their lives on celluloid to defeat bad guys, but in the 24-year-old’s animated video, they dive in to take down an invisible enemy – COVID-19

With more than a million views on YouTube, the 11-minute video starts with Thalapathy Vijay single-handedly recording the COVID-19 samples before asking his famous friends for backup. Soon to be Tamil superstars Rajinikanth, Ajith, Suriya, Vikram, Karthi and Dhanush join the fight. The plot twist towards the end has left viewers wanting more.

Watch: Tamil Movie Stars Fighting Covid-19 in Animated Video is a huge draw online Fans have seen them risk their lives on celluloid to defeat bad guys, but in the 24-year-old’s animated video, they dive in to defeat an invisible foe – Covid-19. (Express Photo)

Speak against Indianexpress.com, Kumaran says he never thought he would get so many comments for his video. ‘To be honest, I’m overwhelmed. I found out more about the video’s popularity after seeing its clips on leading Tamil news channels. The video gained so much traction because everyone is home and they wanted something to cheer them up during this rough time. In the past two months, everyone I met spoke about COVID-19. The conversation revolved around that one topic, so I thought, why not make a video on this trending topic with our Kollywood stars? I started this concept on May 13th and ended on June 5th, ”he said.

Kumaran, a self-taught animator, was not keen on pursuing a career in engineering after graduation. He pushed himself into a full-time career in animation after videos he shot during his college days were well received by his friends.

“I started my YouTube channel in 2016 and my first video was made on a GTA concept with actor Dhanush. It was a year later after his movie ‘Maari’ was released. I reformulated the GTA main character with the ‘Maari’ Dhanush character and it was widely appreciated. I started making videos in GTA set up with actors like Rajinikanth, Vijay, etc. ”, says Kumaran.

Watch: Tamil Movie Stars Fighting Covid-19 in Animated Video is a huge draw online Kumaran, a self-taught animator, was not keen on pursuing a career in engineering after graduation. (Express Photo)

To date, he has created more than 150 animated videos on various themes and has more than 3,000,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, Kathir Edits.

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He says his videos are appreciated because they have two main components: movie stars and gaming.

Watch: Tamil Movie Stars Fighting Covid-19 in Animated Video is a huge draw online He says his videos are appreciated because they have two main components: movie stars and gaming. (Express Photo)

“80 percent of my audience are young adults who love games and watch movies. So I made a lot of videos about GTA’s setup. After a while I felt I shouldn’t get stuck in one concept and started making videos about other crowd pleasers like WWE, IPL and popular movie characters from other languages ​​like Telugu and Kannada, which also brought me new audiences from other states. ,” he says.

Kumaran says he makes money by making animation videos for local advertisers and low-budget movies. “Initially I finished the videos in a few hours, but it lacked that professional look, so I started to spend more time improving the character’s texture, the character’s facial expressions, background color, music, etc. for at least a week to complete a video with one character. If it has multiple characters, like my last COVID-19 video, it will take at least 10-15 days, ”he adds.

Watch: Tamil Movie Stars Fighting Covid-19 in Animated Video is a huge draw online Kumaran says he reformulated the GTA’s main character with the ‘Maari’ Dhanush character and it was widely appreciated. (Express Photo)

After the video went viral on social media, Kumaran was praised by film directors, and some of them even pledged to include him in their future projects.

So what’s next for Kumaran, aka Kathir Edits, as he’s popularly known after COVID-19? “I’m working on a video with grasshoppers as the primary concept. Hope it will get a good response like my other works, ”he said.

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