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For some time now,the cacophony of voices on entertainment channels on television have been bothering Bhavana Balsaver. “The soaps being aired seemed to copy each other.

Bhavana Balsaver returns to television as part of India’s first silent comedy

For some time now,the cacophony of voices on entertainment channels on television have been bothering Bhavana Balsaver. “The soaps being aired seemed to copy each other. First it was saas-bahu,then village belles,child marriage,issues concerning the girl child. “I decided that if I have to sign a project,it better be different,” she says.

Her wish seems to have come true. Starting March 5,Balsaver,better known for her role in Dekh Bhai Dekh,will be seen on India’s first silent comedy,Gutur Gu,to be aired on Sab. “Seen,not heard,” she adds,laughing.

“Gutur Gu is the story of a family with adorable characters. This series is based on a character called Balu,an innocent but enthusiastic character who invariably manages to get into misadventures in his otherwise dull life. “Balu somehow succeeds in turning even mundane situations into indigenous adventures,” Balsaver says. Directed by Prabal Barua and produced by B P Singh of CID and Aahat fame,the serial also stars Sheetal Maulik,Sunil Grover,Jaidutt Vyas and K K Goswami.

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How does one manage to deliver? “It is difficult as there is no reference point. While the comedy is silent,you have no idea how much noise we made behind the scenes,improvising,ideating,brainstorming,making out the most of the thin three-page script we were given,” she says. “I could finally use all the body language education we got.”

But how does one make out the identity of the characters? “The first episode,which begins on March 5,will have our name cards on our doors,” says Balsaver. “Unlike a Chaplin or a Mr. Bean,who were individual characters,this is an interaction with a family. It has a lot in common with a silent film like Pushpak,she adds. “Comedy is a natural act. It has to be in rhythm to make an impact.”

Balsaver is also doing the voice over for a Warner Brothers animation Bird Idol. “In Gutur Gu,I’m not heard; in Bird Idol,I’m not seen,” she says,laughing.

Tune in this Friday on Sab,at 8:30 pm.

First published on: 05-03-2010 at 11:02:51 pm
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