Frauenfeld / Dettighofen: “Not even our mother recognized us”: Two sisters turn into schoolgirls for a commercial

Frauenfeld/Dettighofen

“Not even our mother recognized us”: Two sisters turn into schoolgirls for a commercial

Tabitha Munagapati from the City of Frauenfeld’s Department of Culture and her sister Debbie Munagapati played in a commercial for the Post.

A scene from the “Die Post – Älpine” commercial: Tabitha Munagapati is the blue schoolgirl in the top center, the pink schoolgirl on the far right is Debbie Munagapati.

Image: Screenshot pumpkinfilm.ch

The post is there for everyone. Now also for the dairymaid who tends goats on an alp in summer and works in a hospital in winter. The group fitness does and goes to cosplay parties. In the latter case, an employee from the city of Frauenfeld also helps in the Post’s latest commercial so that the Post is there for everyone in accordance with its well-known slogan.

Tabitha Munagapati Hobby Actress

Tabitha Munagapati
Hobby actress

Image: PD

Tabitha Munagapati works part-time as an assistant in the municipal office for culture – and can be seen in the visually appealing 28-second film “Die Post – Alpine”. In the spot for which director Alex Feil was responsible for the Zurich film production company Pumpkinfilm, the 26-year-old mimes a cosplay party man in the form of a light blue-styled schoolgirl with antlers.

The commercial has been running for a good two weeks on SRF and Swiss private television channels, can be seen on social media and will one day also be shown in Swiss cinemas. For Tabitha Munagapati, shooting was her first foray into the world of acting.

Debbie Munagapati Profi-Musicalschauspielerin

Debbie munagapati
Professional musical actress

Image: PD

In addition to her job with the city, she is studying German and film studies. But she already has plenty of stage experience. Because she is part of the sister singing trio Mahilasong. “We always sang a lot at home too. At Christmas our mother performed a nativity play with me and my two sisters. “

We wanted the whole cosplay group

Debbie Munagapati, the oldest of the Munagapati sisters from Dettighofen, became aware of the casting for the commercial. The 30-year-old is a freelance musical performer and plays the pink-styled schoolgirl at the cosplay party in the post commercial. If you didn’t know, you wouldn’t recognize the two sisters. Tabitha Munagapati says:

“Not even our mother recognized us.”

Debbie Munagapati is a passionate cosplayer. When she heard about the casting for the commercial last spring, she knew straight away that she wanted the job. Due to the corona, individual actors were not wanted, but you had to apply as a whole cosplay group. Tabitha only went in for Debbie. Debbie Munagapati put together a group, sent in photos and videos.

The “Die Post – Alpine” commercial.

Video: youtube.com/Publicis Switzerland

In June the notification came that the sisters were shortlisted. Then nothing worked for a long time – until Tabitha Munagapati received the invitation to the fitting, the dressing trial, in early autumn. In contrast to her sister, which caused a general lack of understanding. Debbie Munagapati says:

“We actually thought that the casting would no longer take place.”

During the fitting, it turned out that the production company had not looked closely at the first names and, due to the visual similarity, had always assumed only one Munagapati sister. Debbie slipped into the film shoot. This took place in autumn at a castle in Aargau and lasted a day for the Munagapatis. The sisters spent half in the mask. “There was a big buffet,” says Tabitha Munagapati. And the older sister says:

“It felt like a hundred takes were filmed in our scene.”

Film studies student Tabitha Munagapati is visually very impressed by the end product. For her it will be a unique excursion into the world of film, while such productions will mean daily bread for Debbie Munagapati in the future as well.

Commercial: pumpkinfilm.ch

A costume game with Japan as its origin

Cosplay sees itself as a mixture of performance art and fan practice. A cosplayer imitates a fictional character from anime, manga, comics, video games, film, television or even from fictional literature with clothing, mask, hairstyle, accessories and behavior. The term cosplay is made up of “costume” and “play”, which means something like costume play.

The word creation first appeared in a Japanese manga magazine in 1983. From the 1990s on, the cosplay boom spilled over to Europe and the USA. There is also an active cosplay scene and some events in Switzerland. The biggest is the “Fantasy Basel”, which did not take place in 2020 due to the corona. In 2019, 54,000 visitors came to Messe Basel over three days. (ma)

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