Published: 03rd December 2019
Meet Adithyan Chandrashekar, the man behind the webseries Malayalis are obsessing about
Adithyan Pradeep Chandrashekar is a scriptwriter, theatre artist, actor and the director of one of the most popular Malayalam web series right now
Adithyan Pradeep Chandrashekar recalls that his grandfather had a lot of tiny letter pads lying around his house. He didn't use them to make grocery lists, that's for sure. He gave them to little Adithyan instead to pour his heart out about his feelings towards the world around him. Once he was done, Adithyan would rush to show what he'd written to his grandfather, who would then encourage him to try writing the same in a more poetic manner. That's where it all started for this scriptwriter/theatre artist/actor who is the director of Karikku Fliq's YouTube series Rock Paper Scissors. If you are yet to catch it, then here is a brief introduction. It revolves around three girls who stay together in an apartment in Kochi — a comedy-thriller that any urban woman of today would be able to relate to. "I came up with the idea as I was influenced by the experiences of my friends who stayed in the city. Being away from family, trying to balance professional and personal life is quite a task. I wanted to portray this in a humorous way," says the 25-year-old.
Adithyan Pradeep Chandrashekar
Having hit popularity with their YouTube platform Karikku, Karikku Fliq - which has close to 6.4 lakh subscribers - is their second vertical started in October 2018. The platform is all about giving an opportunity to freshers like Adithyan, who wrote the script and directed the web series Rock Paper Scissors - the first episode of which was aired online on October 5, 2019. "As a content creator, I always admired Nikhil Prasad sir, the founder of Karikku. I was over the moon when I was offered the chance to create this web series and made use of the opportunity. Since they have set the benchmark with their witty and humorous content, working with them has definitely been a learning curve as all of them are multi-talented individuals," says the Mechanical Engineer who hails from Payyanur in the Kannur district of Kerala. The eight-episode-long web series has been sponsored by Indian spice export brand Eastern Condiments.
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After his graduation in engineering from Alva's Institute of Engineering and Technology, Mangaluru, Adithyan decided that he wanted to pursue his passion for the creative arts. He worked as a content creator for four years and parallelly, took part in theatre productions as well. "I was part of Biju Irinave's Behind the Curtain team. I was also fortunate to have been a part of Arun PR's theatre team Fifth Estate Productions and a part of his upcoming film and theatre ventures. Most of the plays that I have acted in are based on everyday situations and challenges we face in our daily life," he explains. He found his calling in acting after participating in plays during his school days. "My team won the second place in the State Youth Festival 2012 but more than that, I was highly satisfied with the character I played. This boosted me to set acting as my goal," he smiles, adding wisely, "When it becomes your goal, you try to work your fullest to achieve it. I can never call acting a desire, it was my goal."
He has been in the creative content writing field for the past four years
Being consistent and making use of the given opportunity is what Adithyan believes is his success mantra. "I try my hand at every field that interests me, be it acting, writing or directing. This gives me a chance to learn new techniques and also helps me learn from my mistakes and perform better the next time. The saddest part is that people are yet to appreciate this line as a profession. But I am content that my parents and teachers never stood against my profession and continued to encourage me," he concludes.