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Chacha's Man Friday

HE IS Chacha Chaudhary's right hand man. You can call him his Man Friday. But he is commonly called Saabo.

Long after well-known cartoonist Pran created this popular character in the children's comic book, "Chacha Chaudhary", Saabo has, for the past few months, been on the small screen, albeit with some minor changes of situation, in Chacha Chaudhary, a kids' soap on Sahara Manoranjan.

"Children love him because he is a mighty and powerful character. He helps Chacha Chaudhary to solve his problems and then he looks a little different from others.

He is from planet Jupiter, is a huge man, dons a mythological look and has no hair at all. Since the idea of the UFO is quite strong among today's kids, it has clicked well no doubt," says Rajesh Singh, the actor who plays Saabo. Bringing in a few changes for the small screen adaptation, the 7.30 p.m. Monday to Wednesday tele-soap, however, has introduced many contemporary issues that touch children today for Chacha Chaudhary and Saabo to find solutions.

A funny police team is also used in every episode to give some lighter moments apart from Saabo's adventures.

Though quite satisfied with his small screen roles so far, Rajesh, "rather by coincidence," has always ended up playing mythologically renowned characters. He featured as Bhim in Jai Hanuman on Doordarshan besides of course, being in similar serials like Sab Ravana and Vishwa Vidhata.

"But now, I want to produce a film. I shall not act in it though," he says.

SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY

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