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Little Superstar is a viral video of the Indian actor Thavakalai (also known as “King Kong”) breakdancing to a remix version of Madonna’s 1983 hit single Holiday. Since debuting in July 2006, this YouTube clip has gained over +10 million views and spawned a series of remix / parody videos.
The dancing scene was originally featured in the 1990 Tamil film Adhisaya Piravi, a Kollywood romance comedy starring Rajinikanth and Kanaka.
Mother: Hey, hey. What’s with the party early in the morning. Everyone go away, shoo, shoo. (Speaking to Rajinikanth, who’s lying on the cot) Why not take some rest, dear.
Rajinikanth: OK, Mom (lights up a cigarette as she walks away).
Thavakalai: Dude, give me a cigarette.
Rajinikanth: Hey! Kids shouldn’t smoke.
Thavakalai: Buddy, I’m ten years older than you. Give it to me I say.
Rajinikanth: And if I don’t?
Thavakalai: I’ll skin you alive.
Rajinikanth: Here you go.
Other YouTubers soon followed up with Mash-up videos using soundtracks from different music genres, such as Cypress Hill, Michael Jackson and others. Months later in September 2006, yet another scene from the same movie surfaced on YouTube, which shows Thavaklai slapping another man.
Parody by Cree8tv:
Parody by Oskamill
Saturday Night Live parody:
Parody by Nobody’s Watching:
Ron Jeremy vs. Little Superstar:
Exploding Little Superstar by CuteThingsExploding:
Little Superstar w/ Michael Jackson:
Death Metal version:
Stoned Dancing Remix by URSOFUNNY.com:
The video made its way to the E! TV show The Soup, the MSNBC shows Countdown with Keith Olbermann and Tucker Carlson, G4TV’s Attack of the Show! and elsewhere.
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In recent years, actor Thavakalai has choreographed a dance scene in a Doritos Tandoori Sizzler! (click for video) commercial shown in Canada, which was filmed in India.
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