With the release of the music video "Thengakola Mangatholi", Malayalam television anchors Govind Padmasoorya (GP) and Pearle Maaney have become the butt of jokes on social media. The video has been tagged as the most disliked video of recent times by many social media users.
The duo was criticised by netizens for creating the music video, which was released during the finale of Mazhavil Manorama's popular dance reality show, Gum On "D2 - D4 Dance" on 13 September.
Now, the channel itself has come forward giving a detailed explanation on why such a video was released during the popular show.
"Yes, Thengakola Mangatholi has been reported as the most disliked video of recent times on social media," reads the post on the channel's official Facebook page.
The channel also says that they did it purposely to make fun of the show's members and was very sure about the output. "First and foremost, this album is not produced as a standalone album. It is a part of the show, a segment planned and executed in the finale as a parody about the show & its people. And that is how we roll here. We make fun of ourselves and are a family. Our regular audience knows this well," it reads.
The team has also shared a video, which shows why they planned on making the song. The video collage shows some of the earlier episodes of the reality show, and it all began after GP and Pearle tried to sing the hit song "Onnam Raagam Paadi".
"Pearle couldn't hit the high notes and the judges made fun of GP & Pearle. As a challenge, the content team decided to make a segment in the grand finale where GP & Pearle make fun of the judges and themselves. It was planned that the audience would receive it negatively."
The ones, who have watched the finale episode or the regular viewers of the show, might have understood why "Thengakola Mangatholi" was released. The main intention was to bring the show's season one host Sreejith Vijay to replace the current anchors citing their bad performance.
[Note for audience -- It was all well scripted]
"They showed guts in taking on this act and are such good sports. Along with this video, we would like to convey that this was not an album that flopped, but was released as a flop album as a part of the show," the Facebook post ends.
Meanwhile, soon after many viral memes started doing the rounds on social media, GP came forward with similar explanations. However, in her recent Facebook post, Pearle apologised to all viewers, who disliked the song and requested everyone not to punish GP for it.
"Sorry to all those who dint like the album.... it was all my mistake.. thought it wud bring smiles and laughter... but i guess i was wrong.. please don't punish GP for it... and I apologise. Sorry again..I take all the blame for it... and please don't hurt my family for it.. they don't even know what's going on...," Pearle posted on Facebook.
Interestingly, the anchor-turned-actress has received quite a lot of positive responses for her apology post.
Even though the duo was well criticised by many for the fun album, the romantic video "Sunona Sangmarmar", which featured GP and Pearle was well received by the audience.
Check out the Facebook posts below: