Everyone seems to be on TikTok these days. Some are here for creating content and others to seek distraction for a few minutes. Whatever the reason, TikTok is officially the best app for microentertaintment in 2021.
At one point, TikTok was seen as a controversial app that only produced cringeworthy content - specifically for the deshi TikTokers who were failing to create decent content compared to the Western TikTokers.
However, today we can see many charismatic Bangladeshi content creators on TikTok entertaining and inspiring us through their creativity.
One such creative personality on TikTok is known as the "BD Finger Dancer". The name might sound generic, but her talent is unique.
Without ever showing her face or revealing her real name, this TikToker gained almost 377k followers simply by "dancing" with her fingers. We wondered, where did she learn such a unique form of dancing from?
The wonder girl replied, "I saw numerous videos of this special form of dancing on many social media platforms and those videos fascinated me. I want to clarify that I was not trained officially. However, when I opened my TikTok account at the beginning of 2020, I discovered many foreign TikTokers who gained popularity through creative finger movements."
After watching those videos, this finger-dancer was heavily influenced. "I decided to do the same and started learning finger-dancing on different songs quite enthusiastically. Soon enough, I started receiving appreciation from many people. That is how my journey in finger dancing or tutting began," she added.
The saga of "BD Finger Dancer" began on TikTok. We asked her why she opted for this platform to exhibit her talent.
"Well, as I mentioned before, I posted my first finger tutting video on TikTok last year on January 31. Surprisingly, my first video went viral on TikTok and it received positive feedback from a big chunk of the audience. They loved my video so much that they started asking me to create more videos like that. So, I started uploading my finger tutting videos on TikTok," she answered.
TikTok is mostly viewed as a negative social media platform by the masses. What does she have to say about this?
"There is nothing new about people looking down on this app. But you can't deny the fact that it has gained worldwide fame for its ability to provide quick entertainment through its intriguing content. If we can use TikTok right, we can do a lot of interesting things with it. And when we create more interesting and clean content, people will start to take it more positively. Besides what's wrong with swaying with the trend sometimes and being a little cringey for fun?" the finger-dancer said.
Being famous has its consequences as well. We were curious about the most positive and negative criticisms she has received so far and how she handled it.
"I get both positive and negative criticism from TikTok. However, the number of negative criticisms is low compared to the positive ones. The videos I posted till now are not vulgar, nor does it promote any hatred. Hence, it's obvious I get fewer hate comments. However, people sometimes write bad comments which I do not mind at all. I simply report them and continue to do what I love doing. And about the positive comments, these are what fuels me with the positive energy to work," she responded.
She elaborated that most of her followers are children and they love to create duet videos with her. The thought that children are learning something good from her and getting entertained through decent content gives her immense joy.
Does she see herself in the future continuing this and exploring more platforms to gain more followers?
She answered, "Yes, I want to see finger tutting as a popular form of dancing in Bangladesh. I want this to gain as much attention from Bangladesh as it gets from the western world. I will try my best to post content regularly and explore more social media platforms. I will also try to upload tutorials on finger tutting on YouTube."
The dancer was approached by many to act in TVCs and many other projects. But being a second-year student, she explained that she still needs time to properly focus on her education. This is why she has refrained from exposing her name and other personal details as well on TikTok.
When asked the reason behind such confidentiality, she said, "There's no specific reason. At this moment, I just want to win people's heart through my talent. My name is not a big deal. Also, I hide my face by wearing masks because I want to introduce my unique abilities to my audience, not my face."