WHILE many people have travelled on the train to and from Darlington - not many have managed to turn their journey into a viral video - until now.

After heading towards Darlington on a rail journey on February 19, university student Aisha Khan was able to capture a slow-mo video of a passing LNER train, and unknowingly captured people going about their daily lives.

Despite it not initially sounding the most inspiring clip ever captured, Aisha paired the video with some calming music, 'Vas' by Jagger Finn, which seemed to do the trick. 

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Having posted the clip on TikTok, it has amassed over 2.2 million views, as well as grabbing the attention of LNER, ITV and other big corporations. 

But, what's all the fuss about? Within the clip, Aisha manages to feature commuters, families, couples and even a stag-do, which people reacted to - even calling for LNER to make it their new advert. 

Now that the clip has gone viral, which has seen it get thousands of likes, shares and reactions on Twitter and Facebook, as well as TikTok, The Northern Echo caught up with Aisha to chat about viral fame, the inspiration behind the clip and how she captured it.

Watch the clip below: 

Surprisingly, the student says that the inspiration behind the video was after watching 2019 film 'Marriage Story', which, according to her, has some "amazing cinematography".

She explains: "After travelling on the train for some time, I'd started to watch Marriage Story and was inspired by how it was shot. 

"I don't think of myself as talented in film or anything, but I decided to hold my phone up to the window and put a slow-motion filter on it. 

"I posted it on the day I got the journey, thinking it would get a few thousand views like my others, but I woke up the next morning to millions of views, shares and comments."

Since her viral video, Ms Khan says she has had hundreds of messages about how she filmed it, as well as a host of other social media users wanting to follow her.

She added: "It's absolutely crazy how it all came about. I've had interest from LNER, ITV and a lot of others. It's nice to know it made an impact.

"Hopefully I can follow it up with a lot of other similar content."

Among the people who have complimented the video is Dan Baker, who shared the video on Twitter and got 18,000 views and numerous people asking about it. 

He said: "LNER could use it as an ad with no extra editing. I hope LNER do something with it and work with her, as it really is wonderful."

Aisha can be found on TikTok here, or on Twitter as @MySmilingJustin.


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