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Timba Roocha, a favourite with children



Timba Roocha

FOR CARTOON-loving children, a genie has a special place.

It comes out from objects such as magic lamps, pencils and pens.

Similar is the nature of Timba Roocha, a genie, in a children's serial telecast by Doordarshan at 1 p.m. every Saturday. Timba Roocha appears from a wristwatch and narrates stories that are realistic and have a moral. It takes children on a virtual world trip.

The serial produced by the city-based Sudhee Networks completed 100 episodes in two years. Its 105th episode was telecast last Saturday.

The uniqueness of the serial is that it is produced in the city with the help of local technicians, actors and other facilities. The serial is shot in the city and the nearby Shettihalli. D.K. Venkatesh, senior television artiste, lends voice for the genie. Anil Byndoor is the director of the serial.



The crew of `Timba Roocha' at the celebrations in Bangalore on Sunday to mark the telecast of 100 episodes of the serial. — Photo: K. Murali Kumar

"The names of the lead character as well as the serial are unconventional. It is more of a nonsense rhyme, which is catchy to the children," H. Pradeep Pai of the networks says. He prepares the content for the serials by including stories from countries such as Japan and Russia.

"I have also made stories from real-life incidents and child-related issues," he says.

"One of the coming episodes throws light on the mental stress on a child because of pressure from parents to improve its marks," he says.

For Nishant, one of the nine child artistes, it is a good experience to face the camera. "Though I did not know Hindi, I was selected because of my ability to act. Initially, I faced problems in delivering dialogues in Hindi. I overcame the problem as days progressed," he says.

Nishant, studying in the seventh standard at St. Joseph's School, plays the role of a naughty boy in the serial. He is also acting in the coming Kavita Lankesh film The Man Eater of Malgudi.

Rakhi Gupta, his fellow artiste, experienced problems in understanding the script. "I took the assistance of those who were reading out the script for me." She plays the role of a shy girl.

Reha, another artiste, finds something new to learn on each day of the shooting. "The shooting schedules have not come in the way of our studies. Moreover, it has helped me improve my studies and social behaviour," she says.

To produce a Hindi serial with artistes from Karnataka, Mr. Byndoor had to give them language training.

"I had to make them speak in the North Indian style," he says. "Every day of the shooting teaches me a new thing," he adds. Mr. Byndoor has directed several Kannada films and serials.

While celebrating the telecast of 100 episodes, the company is sad because of the demise of its music director K.S. Suresh a week ago.

The company claims to have got the approval from Doordarshan to telecast 25 more episodes of the serial.

By Raghava M.

By Raghava M.

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