Dubai Money Heist fan makes Bella Ciao video to beat Covid
UAE YouTuber Viral Morzaria channels Netflix's 'The Professor' in online hit
Una mattina mi sono alzato (One morning I awakened), e ho trovato l'invasor (And I found the invader): the first movement of Netflix monster hit Money Heist's (La Casa De Papel) rousing theme, Bella Ciao, and perhaps fitting lyrics for how we all felt when the coronavirus pandemic first spread to the UAE. How dare this invisible enemy invade our lives in such a disruptive manner and what are we going to do about it?
'Let's sing 'Bella Ciao' or 'Goodbye Beautiful' to show it we are not afraid.' This was the reaction 29-year old Dubai YouTuber, the aptly named Viral Morzaria, appeared to possess as with time away from work to kill he put pen to paper and adapted the originally Italian anti-fascist anthem into a rally cry against the pandemic. The Viral Vlogs YT channel creator took the anthem, which has been popularised around the globe by the Spanish crime drama, and transformed it into Beat You Corona.
Quickly shooting up to around 30-thousand views on his online platforms in just over a week, Morzaria couldn't be happier.
"I am not used to this so it is overwhelming," the Indian engineer who has called Dubai home for the last five years told City Times. "I have to respond to comments every day. It's an awesome feeling. I love people appreciating my work."
Morzaria wrote the new lyrics and shot the video, in which he plays Money Heist's central protagonist The Professor, along with a few friends in Al Barsha over the course of a couple of days, though reached out to Milan-based Francesco II Mercante to sing the vocals.
"I am not a singer and I wanted to find the right one," Morzaria said. "It required a natural accent, so I searched on YouTube as to who has sung a Bella Ciao cover and Francesco had three million views already. I texted him and he was very excited to collaborate with me."
Morzaria revealed for a brief moment the title tune from fellow crime show Narcos could make for a nifty parody, but immediately thought better of it as a result of Bella Ciao's more intense mood.
"It's rebellious. It is the right spirit for fighting back. It's about fighting evil."
Although establishing a social media presence Morzaria told us he isn't looking to become a full-time influencer, at the moment preferring to stick with his day job and dedicate weekends to filmmaking in order to produce one video per month. From the outset his web series' theme has always been: entertainment, travel and gratitude. Beat You Corona covers the first and a travelogue of Jordan the second, so what does the content creator have coming up?
"I want to do a shout out for all the super heroes who are doing good things during these times," Morzaria said about his next move.
Given you shot, edited, choreographed and made the costumes alongside a host of friends, what have been their reactions to the video's success?
"They had some doubts at the beginning. They were asking 'what are you making us do?' When they saw the final product and that many people liked it, they really enjoyed it."