An instant hit

Man with many voices

Man with many voices  

MIMICRY SHOWS are instant crowd-pullers. And when it is a show by `Baduva' Gopi of the Pitchadhipathi fame, the outcome can be guessed.

The mimicry show was organised in Coimbatore by Toyota as part of the lucky draw arranged to celebrate the sale of one lakh vehicles in the country. "I have been given just 15 minutes. So I will perform a show for use-and-throw TV," he said.

He imitated cine stars like Rajnikant, Vivek and T. Rajendar. But that was only part of the show. Then he went on mimicking the chirping of birds in a village, a speeding bike and a car and vendors shouting at a railway station.

After providing an update on the India-Australia match, he chose to talk about cricket, albeit with a different set of players - "Poornam" Viswanathan donning the role of a 12th man in the Indian team, Kannambal as mother of an Indian cricketer and T.R. Mahalingam as the batsman!

Gopi also imitated commentator Tony Greig and Sachin Tendulkar and came out with his own set of commercials for the show, evoking laughter and applause from the audience.

One thing to be appreciated about Gopi's performance was that he did not exaggerate cine stars' antics. Generally, mimicry artistes had a tendency to go overboard, said the Malayalam actor Jagadeesh, who was in the city a few days ago. Gopi proved that he did not belong to that category.

By M.A.

Photo: S. Siva Saravanan

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