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Gutur Gu, India's first silent comedy show, goes on air from March 5
After much madness, actor Sunil Grower was saying goodbye to his small screen mother Bhavana Balsavar. It took them nearly three hours and 10 takes to get this simple act right. Since the cast of Gutur Gu is forbidden from talking, they have to make sure that their actions are absolutely perfect and leave nothing to the viewers' imagination.
On the sets of India's first silent comedy show in Malad, the cast and crew have the responsibility of invoking laughter among their viewers even as they carry forward the story quietly. The weekly show will be premiered on Friday at 8.30 pm on SAB TV. Six of its episodes have already been canned. The silence, however, is meant only for the small screen. The set is noisy with technicians setting up cameras and lights for the next shot while the actors go through the script.
What's the point of a script when there are no dialogues? Apparently, not much. While any normal 30-minute show will have a script of around 30 pages, this script is exactly three-page-long. It just gives some basic directions and a rough idea about what will happen in the scene. The actors take off from there—depicting the comic situations that ensue in a crazy household, their complicated relationships and wacky neighbours.
Legends like Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy as well as animated characters like Tom and Jerry have regaled viewers across the world with their silent comic acts for decades. However, it took Prabal Barua, who has written and directed Gutur Gu, to deviate from the thriller and horror formats to conceptualise India's first such show. "I had this idea for nearly a decade. But it seemed workable only recently," says the director of popular shows like CID and Aahat.