If you are an Indian and young who has an active internet connection at home, it is nearly impossible that you never came across “BB ki Vines”, a popular YouTube channel run by a hutiyapa guy, Bhuvan Bam. He has been the most recent YouTube sensation with awesome viewer engagement. Today, each video uploaded by BB Ki Vines receives thousands of views.
The 23 years old Bhuvan Bam (5’7”) is a singer, music composer, songwriter, and stage performer based in New Delhi. He was born on January 21, 1994. Initially, he was singing in the bars.
He studied at Green Fields School, New Delhi and earned his bachelor’s degree at Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, New Delhi. He has been entertaining people and doing comedy since school days. He made some random videos which were loved by his closed relatives.
The very first video he uploaded on YouTube was “The Chakhna Issue” which didn’t gather enough views on his page. It grossed only 10 to 15 views. But it couldn’t stop him to climb the ladder of success.
When asked about his success story in an interview, he added “BB Ki Vines truly changed my life. I was totally confused on what to do in life. I was doing music. BB Ki Vines was in my mind since school days. I loved making people laugh by cracking jokes and I was the entertainer in my class. BB Ki Vines started unexpectedly.”
He further added, “One day I was watching TV at my home. It was coverage on Kashmir floods in a news channel. A news reporter, while covering a story about a mother who lost her child, asked some silly questions. He felt he needs to do something in his own style (by cracking a joke on him). He uploaded a video on his Facebook page.
Overnight, the video went viral and he woke up to the popularity of his video. In June 2015, he debuted with his YouTube channel. Currently, he is one of the fastest growing YouTube stars.
The secret to his huge popularity is in his different writing skills and originality. His comic sketches resemble the personal experience of many people and he shares stories about daily family consequences.
His income source was previously from his Original Songs and Live Musical Performance. Since he has huge subscribers base and viewership on YouTube, he has been earning huge from “YouTube Partners” campaign. He performs for stage shows, college fests, and events for earning.
In 2014, he uploaded “The Chakhna Issue” as his first YouTube video which managed to collect only 10 to 15 views. Later on, Bhuvan Bam deleted the video but it was re-uploaded by the fans.
Currently, Bhuvan Bam has up to 2.7 million fans on “BB Ki Vines”, his Facebook page, 2 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, and 1.2 million followers on Instagram. He also runs “BBMusician”, a Facebook page with over 37k fans (as of January 30, 2017).
Bhuvan Bam has over 1.2 million Facebook fans on his page “BB Ki Vines”, 615,479 YouTube subscribers and over 250k Instagram followers. BBMusician, music Facebook page, has over 20k fans, as of June 2016.
His most viewed and popular YouTube video was “Papa MaakiChu” with over 4.5 million views and it is still the No. 1 video in his channel with over 10.4 million views, as on January 30, 2017.
When it comes to popularity, Bhuvan Bam and BB Ki Vines are favorite among post-teen boys and teens in North India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Initially, he got popular in Pakistan with Facebook. Since then, he chose to create YouTube channel and Facebook page. Currently, he has huge fan following.
As on January 29, 2017, he became the first Indian YouTuber ever to have over 2 million subscribers. Recently, he also became the winner of the Most Popular Channel Award at 2016 WebTV Asia Awards, Seoul, South Korea. For 2016, the other nominees are All India Bakchod, The Viral Fever, Being Indian, and East India Company. The Viral Fever won the award last year.
He received criticism by many people for his 18+ contents and abusive language used in videos. But there are many who came in support for him. According to the supporters, this is the way youth talks these days in Delhi and he is showing nothing but uncensored reality.
He has created a lot of fictional characters to tell his stories. All of these characters have their different personality and traits, style and accent. BB or Bhuvan Bam is a protagonist. Banchordas Chhatriwala aka Bancho is the lead character. He is the closest friend of BB who repeats the term “bancho” in virtually every sentence he says. Sameer Fuddi is another popular character. He is Bancho’s cousin who speaks in a doubtful style. Mr. Hola is another character who is a Bhuvan Bam’s uncle (friend of his father). Other famous characters are Mrs. Verma, Babloo Ji, BB’s mother, and Dr. Sehgal.
Dr. Sehgal is one of his popular series. Dr. Sehgal is a doctor in real world whose clinic is located next to his house. He had several funny experiences but he is almost similar to Dr. Sehgal on screen.
Recently, he has been appeared in a promo video for an app UC News, by UC Browser, developed by UCWeb, a Chinese mobile internet giant. He reads latest UC News on air in this video while skydiving from 15000 meters above the sea level. It gathered over 2 million views within just a week.
He is also featuring in a new web series “The Bro Count”, created by SAB Group and uploaded on YouTube channel of “Happii-Fi”. He is also a music composer and singer.