How this village grandmother went from tilling land to turning into YouTube sensation

Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service

Hyderabad, August 20

She can cross off for some other girl from a village, however she isn’t any bizarre particular person. Elderly however not previous, until just a few years in the past Gangavva Milkuri labored on the farm and led a life any farmworker would, however right now social media has turned her right into a sensation. She is the star of MyVillage Show, a YouTube channel showcasing rural life with rustic humour and satire.

Till 2016, she used to work as a coolie, roll beedis, and even work on her in-laws’ farmland. Each day was a routine as life in Lambadipally village of Mallial Mandal in Jagitial district, Telangana didn’t supply a lot to this grandmother of eight. One day two tech-savvy younger males that included her son-in-law Srikanth Sriram and his pal Anil Geela got here up with the concept of placing village life on a movie and with this concept Gangavva’s life took a flight.

Today Gangavva shuttles between her village and Hyderabad as a Tollywood star. In 4 years she has completed promos and acted in lots of Telugu serials after her expertise was recognised and her appearing abilities highlighted by the YouTube movies in My Village Show channel run by Sriram and Geela.

Gangavva handled an alcoholic husband, taken care of her son and two daughters and the household’s farmland until just a few years in the past. But the Internet and social media modified her life. After her husband died, she acquired the chance to discover her hidden expertise and change into a celeb. In a current media interview, when requested concerning the change in her life she stated, “If we believe in our strengths, anything can happen. We must strongly want it to happen. I believed in the possibility that I could act.”

Known by her first identify, Gangavva says she had no concept what YouTube was earlier than Sriram began the present. “Sriram filmed vegetation, shrubs and bushes within the village, however I robust the boy was losing his time? I had by no means imagined the video would someday change my life”, he instructed an interviewer just lately.

With no formal schooling past first grade, Gangavva rolled beedis to assist her household. Today, she proudly shows the YouTube plaque despatched to her final yr for “My Village Show” reaching a million subscribers.

Encouraged by the YouTube response, Gangavva life has prolonged past, she has 41,000 followers on her Instagram account that’s adopted by filmmakers and lots of different, leading to her that includes in two Telugu language films — iSmart Shankar and Mallesham.

It’s apparent that she enjoys herself being in entrance of a digicam and it doesn’t cease there, she obliges all her fan by taking selfies with followers who go to her. From an unknown village, Lambadipally has now become a celeb’s village, encouraging many younger and previous alike to observe Gangavva’s footsteps into turning into an internet sensation.

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