YouTube is a melting point of a deluge of content creators. Each with their unique flair in the kind of content they want to create and showcase. 28-year-old Vishal Langthasa is one such creator who’s hilarious videos makes one wonder, hey didn’t this happen to me once? He is so relatable.
With over 1 lakh subscribers for his channel “Chugli TV” this relatable You Tuber who lives in maximum city Mumbai, hails from a small town of Haflong in Assam. Why Chugli TV? Its because just like the literal meaning of chugli which stands for talking behind someone’s back, his channel is also an alternate space where people talk. Moreover, the word chugli is simple, funny and will often be easily retained by the human mind.
He is popular for creating fictitious characters in his channel — from Aunt Nijula to Ghonokanto. Aunt Nijula who, after a painful divorce in her village, moved to Mumbai to take care of several characters created by Langthasa including Langthasa himself and Gunokanto. Now lets tell you who Gunokanto is. He is an epitome of a typical Assamese boy and like any other guy he too is ever on the lookout for a girl friend and some booze.
And then there is Langthasa’s evergreen character Bonosree, an aggravating Assamese Girl. Remember the parody of Senorita aka Gahorita which had gone viral on Facebook, well that was none other than Bonoshree and an ode to her love for pork and how it led to her downfall. Check out her video
Parenthetically, most of his unique characters have their roots in reality. Aunt Nijula, for instance, is a Dimasa woman who used to take care of Langthasa’s family in the past. “She also portrays the whole Dimasa community, their thought processes and their negotiations between traditional and modern ways of life,” Langthasa said. Even the characteristics of infamous Bonoshree were derived from people who he met while pursuing his studies at Assam Agricultural University in Jorhat. He said, “I picked up a lot of Assamese culture, dialect, folklore and was lucky to have met a lot of local school students who used to introduce themselves the way Bonoshree does.”
Apart from the creation of hilarious characters on his channel, Langthasa is also known for his parody videos (Nir-Aamis a parody spin-off of the movie Aamis), Assamese Local Beauty contests, Gahorita to name a few. He also does travel vlogs, music vlogs (where he lends his voice in Dimasa language) and even reaction videos of trending topics. However, even in his parody based comical videos, Langthasa tends to give in a subtle touch of social messages.
For Vishal, being an influencer in itself is a big responsibility. According to him, “Viewers care about what we influencers say, what we stand for and what we believe in.” True to his statement, Langthasa tries not to promote hate, create a b&w format of thinking or even glorifying a character for doing a lot of wrong things. However, this does not mean that he has not received a lot of hateful and mean comments. On one of his first videos entitled, “Struggles of being a Dimasa” he received a lot of life-threatening messages. “It doesn’t bother me anymore as a lot of those hate comments come from people who create fake identities,” he said. Moreover, according to the ingenious creator, there is a stark difference between hate and constructive criticism and knowing to filter those should be focused on.
Talking about his inspiration, Langthasa said that growing up he used to watch a lot of situational comedies like the British series Mind your Language and Indian television series Tu tu main main. “I wanted to create videos which even I would love to watch, irrespective of whether they are popular or not,” said Langthasa. The young creator wanted a platform where he could practice all the skills he needed to make a video. Right from shooting to scripting and even promoting it over the social media sites.
“Making people laugh is one of my favorite past times and I often tend to get depressed when they don’t laugh at my jokes,” said Langthasa recounting his past years. Now well versed with the workings of the world of YouTube, he said that apart from content and proper knowledge of tech gizmos, the reason a channel stands out amidst the plethora of others is the amount of relatability the viewers feel.