During the interaction, Chandni also revealed how her family has reacted to the appreciation that’s coming her way, her starstruck meeting with Karan Johar and lots more! Excerpts:
Firstly, how does it feel when you get social media validation for the kind of content you create? Are you enjoying the fame and praise that’s coming your way?
Of course, we do it for the people. So that expectation of validation is always there. When you get this kind of validation and people repost your videos, it feels good. Touchwood. Speaking of fame, I haven’t really received that fame yet. It’s not like I have been mobbed or something, but yes, people do recognise me now. They come to me for selfies and appreciate my work. Especially the Marwadi mom character that I do, a lot of moms come up to me and tell me, ‘Bacha, hum aapko bahot pasand karte.’ I personally love it.
How has your family reacted to all this?
My family is loving it. They are very proud of me. They are very happy, especially my mom. Every child is beautiful and best for their parents and it’s the same at my home too. My mom is like, ‘My bacha is the best’ and I love that. But I don’t get any special treatment as such. Even today, they switch off the fan to wake me up in the morning (laughs). They even scold me if I use my phone all day. So all this still happens to me.
Now even celebs have started noticing your content. You recently met Karan Johar and he was all praise. He even told you that he and Alia Bhatt watch your videos and love them. How do you take this reaction? Does it pressurise you or make you think twice before mimicking any artist?
I was shocked. I was like, ‘Is this for real?’ If you watch the video that I have posted, you can see that I am completely frozen with a smile on my face. I didn’t know how to sink in that moment. After returning home too, I couldn’t believe it. The ‘Karan Johar’ told me that he watches my videos and even mentioned my ‘Gangubai’ video. Of course, it’s a great feeling ya!
Speaking of the pressure, yes I was in a bit of a dilemma for a while. I thought, ‘Ab ye insaan mujhe follow kar raha hai, mujhe dekh raha hai, toh main kaise videos banau, ya phir mimic karu?’ But then I had a word with a couple of my friends and fellow content creators, and they advised me that ultimately people followed me for this and they want that, so I cannot take a step back and change my content game.
Have you got a chance to interact with Alia or have you received any sort of reaction from her?
No ya, I have never interacted with Alia. But yes, I did get a reaction from her. She commented, ‘Epic’ on my pizza video.
You have been mimicking a lot of actors, but your version of Alia Bhatt goes viral on the internet in no time. From being a law student to now being a successful content creator, tell us about your journey. How did it all start?
I started creating content when I was 16, in 2016 and my second video had gone viral. But I wasn’t serious about this because I was a kid then. Also, I was busy with my studies but still, I didn’t give up. My content, mimicry and art have always been with me throughout. Speaking of mimicry, I have been doing it since my childhood. Whenever a character used to make an impact on me, I used to mimic them. Be it my neighbours, or local train hawkers, I used to mimic a lot of people.
Your latest video about Alia Bhatt’s character in Brahmastra is perfection to another level. It has taken the internet by storm in such a short period of time just like your pizza video. Did you expect this massive reaction from fans?
Not at all, because I made that video randomly. I was having a conversation with a friend about ‘Brahmastra’ and I just ended up making that video. It just went viral after Yashraj Mukhate shared it on his handle. I was very happy and that was totally unexpected. I am very thankful to everyone who is following me because I get so much love from my audience. I think I am extremely lucky as a creator because I get a lot of love.
Do your friends or family insist that you mimic Alia or any other actor for them?
No, neither of them insist that I mimic. But jo mere friends ke friends hain, unke side se kaafi requests aati hain. Recently, I went to a friend’s place for Ganpati Darshan, and a lot of people there requested me to mimic Alia for them.
According to you, which actor do you think is difficult to mimic?
For me, mimicry is a very subconscious process. What I genuinely feel is that I can’t sit down and think, ‘Aaj main isko mimic karungi, kal main usko mimic karungi.’ Because it happens to me (naturally), I can’t choose, sit and decide. The character chooses me, I don’t choose it. So, I can’t really decide what is difficult. Having said that, I feel that Alia’s natural voice, her interview voice, the way she sort of fumbles or takes pauses, or her laugh, that was difficult for me.
One actress you try not to mimic, just to avoid attracting trolls?
Again, there’s no one. Like I said that I don’t choose to mimic, right? The character impacts me so much that it happens very subconsciously and I realise that my voice is changing. It is a scary and beautiful process. So, I don’t think I would just avoid someone to mimic because of the trolls.
Lastly, do you plan to enter showbiz or have you received any offers as of now? If yes, do you have any wish list of actors you would like to work with?
Yes of course! I think acting is the plan. Also, my fellow friends who are actors have told me that I understand character so well, so I would be good at acting. I want to definitely get into that full-fledged. But as of now, I haven’t received any offers.
I do have a wish list. Definitely, I want to work with Alia, 110%. Secondly, it has to be Pankaj Tripathi sir. It’s my dream to work with him. Just give me one role (with him), please.
It’s actually my father’s dream to see me as a lawyer in a film. Because I am a lawyer and so he wants me to be one on-screen.