Sheril G Kadavan and Anna George, teachers at Indian School of Commerce, Kochi, became a sensation overnight after being part of a video set to the Malayalam film song Jimikki Kammal.
The unassuming teachers, who are anything like the stars they’ve become with over 14 million views and specially dedicated fan pages, talk about their newfound and unexpected popularity, and the fear that comes with it, as they gear up for a special performance at Kavasam’s Diwali FunFest, on October 14 in the city.
(L) Sheril and (R) Anna
Did you ever expect the video to go viral?
Sheril: Not even in our wildest dreams. We did the video just to get a kick out of it. It all seems so surreal. Anna: It was the day after Onam and it was all in good fun. Also, it was the first time the teachers and students came together for a dance performance.
How has life changed?
Sheril: All the love is overwhelming. There is so much curiosity about our lives. I also found a page called Sheril’s Army on Facebook. But honestly, I’m the same person. But the fake profiles on social media are worrisome. Anna: I don’t think we’re celebrities. We’re just regular people who happened to be lucky to get recognised for our talent. It’s all just temporary but we’re thankful for the adulation. The love from the Tamil audience was particularly pleasantly surprising.
We heard you were approached for films
Sheril: I’ve been offered roles in both Malayalam and Tamil. But my focus right now is on teaching. Acting can wait until there’s a good role. Anna: I completely second that. Our focus has and will always be teaching. It’s what gave us an identity even before Jimikki Kammal.
What was the biggest compliment?
Sheril and Anna: Jimmy Kimmel (American TV host) liking our video. That feeling is incomprehensible. Apart from that, choreographer Prasanna master also said our video was good.
Best thing to come out of the video
Sheril and Anna: It has to be the fact that our bond with our students has become very strong. It’s very important for teachers and students to work as one unit.