>

Dubai Money Heist fan makes Bella Ciao video to beat Covid

David Light
Filed on June 20, 2020
Viral Morzaria of The Viral Vlogs as The Professor

(Supplied)

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."

Dubai Money Heist fan makes Bella Ciao video to beat Covid (https://images.khaleejtimes.com/storyimage/KT/20200620/ARTICLE/200629920/V2/0/V2-200629920.jpg&MaxW=300&NCS_modified=20200621084928

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."

Dubai Money Heist fan makes Bella Ciao video to beat Covid (https://images.khaleejtimes.com/storyimage/KT/20200620/ARTICLE/200629920/H3/0/H3-200629920.jpg&MaxW=300&NCS_modified=20200621084928

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.

Dubai Money Heist fan makes Bella Ciao video to beat Covid (https://images.khaleejtimes.com/storyimage/KT/20200620/ARTICLE/200629920/V4/0/V4-200629920.jpg&MaxW=300&NCS_modified=20200621084928

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."

david@khaleejtimes.com


 
 
 
khaleejtimes
khaleejtimes

Video | Videos

Reopening Responsibly: Abu Dhabi eateries...
khaleejtimes

Video | Videos

Beating Stress: Four IB achievers spill the...
khaleejtimes
khaleejtimes

Video | Business

Reopening Responsibly: Dubai Stock Exchange...
khaleejtimes
khaleejtimes

Video | Nation

Reopening Responsibly: How is UAE's art...
khaleejtimes
khaleejtimes

Video | Videos

Welcoming international visitors: Explore...
khaleejtimes
khaleejtimes

Video | Videos

Made in Pakistan ventilators now a reality
khaleejtimes
khaleejtimes

Video | Nation

KT Motor Review: New Aston Martin DB11 AMR
khaleejtimes
khaleejtimes

Video | News Bulletins

News Bulletin - July 05, 2020, Sunday
khaleejtimes
khaleejtimes

Video | Videos

KT Explains: UAE's Mars Hope Probe
khaleejtimes
khaleejtimes

Video | News Bulletins

News Bulletin - July 06, 2020, Monday