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The show must go on: survival of Rambo Circus in India

Mumbai, India Entertainment & Celebrity April 7 @ 8:15am

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The show must go on: survival of Rambo Circus in India

Summary:
When the coronavirus induced lockdown was imposed in march this year, 52yr old Biju Nair, the head of clown of India’s famous Rambo circus along with 100 artists forced to close their tents and left circus for home. For the first time in September the artists went online and presented a virtual show titled ‘life is a circus’. It is a 60-minute-long completely pre-recorded show came to television and mobile phones via an app. All the acts were shot in the circus tent. The online show has a feature called ‘Meet & Greet’ session wherein the clowns and artists interact with children virtually.

Characters:
Biju Nair, a clown with Rambo for 20yrs is learning to interact with audiences on Zoom in between the live streams. Though he is happy to be back on the stage but he is missing the fun of the live shows and getting hugs, selfies from children
Biju ran away from Kerala as a child and found himself in Mumbai. He tells his pandemic experience “While I was here in Maharashtra, my family, including my wife and children, back in Kerala were also going through hard times and I had to send
whatever money I had but amidst all the problems, I have never let my smile and enthusiasm disappear. The joy of putting up a funny act and making someone’s day keeps me going and as a unit, we always manage to come up with survival strategies.”
The circus was filmed over two days in Airoli, Mumbai, featuring about 30 artists. Biju froze before the camera on the first day of the shooting.
“This pandemic has taught us to let go of our arrogance, we have to work harder now. And we have to change and think differently", he adds.

Location:
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Background Links:
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-52407534
https://www.onmanorama.com/kerala/top-news/2020/10/03/rambo-circus-goes-online-during-covid-biju-pushkaran.html
https://www.theweek.in/theweek/leisure/2020/10/09/tightrope-walk.html

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