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Googly!

entertainment Updated: May 18, 2012 14:54 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Hindustan Times
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Royal Challengers Bangalore’s franchise owner, Siddharth Mallya’s on-line show, No Boundaries, was started with the idea of giving fans a different perspective into the lives of those associated with the IPL— players, coaches, umpires and families—in a fun and informative manner, while drawing attention and traffic to the RCB’s digital platforms.

“During the 2010 Champions League in South Africa, our analyst Prasanna did some impressions on our then players and ever since, we’ve wanted to make a video, capturing them all and tie it in with No Boundaries,” says Siddharth, explaining the idea behind the Super Over episode. “Fans want a follow-up. We have a number of different concepts in the pipeline, so we could easily do another episode like that!”

Any thoughts about taking the show on TV for a wider reach? He says, “It’s definitely something to consider, given the positive response so far.”

Chris Gayle
I’ve never seen someone strike a ball so cleanly with such little effort. What Chris Gayle can do to a bowler is scary. I’ve lifted his bat and it’s heavy, no wonder the ball goes so far! Prasanna is about 2 feet shorter than Chris and doesn’t have the same physique, but he imitated his mannerisms to the T. Chris loved the impersonation. He’s a chilled out guy who loves a good laugh, dance and DJing.

Navjot Singh Siddu and Shibani Dandekar
I think Prassana talks better than the real Sidhu. I could have easily dressed up as Gaurav Kapoor or Samir Kochhar, but I’ve always liked doing things out of the box, so I decided to be one of the female anchors. It added an extra element of humour and would be a surprise. The girls from my digital team helped me drape the sari. I was clueless! I hadn’t set out to specifically be Shibani, but that was the general assumption after Prasanna called me Dabani.

Zaheer Khan
He’s one of the most valued RCB players, not just as a bowler, but the way he mentors youngsters like Mithun and Harshal Patel. Zak and Virat (Kohli) saw the episode first and couldn’t stop laughing. They particularly loved the Dada skit!

Ravi Shastri
It wasn’t meant to be Ravi. I’d worn a black shirt, put on a fake mustache and was posing as a reporter interviewing Sachin (Tendulkar). When our editor, Kalveer, showed me the first draft he had written, ‘Sachin & Shastri’ on his script, and I felt it could work!

Sourav Ganguly
I met Sourav the first time at a Mohan Bagan vs East Bengal cricket match, years ago in Kolkata, and grew up watching him play. He’s one of my favourites and originally we’d just decided to take off on his batting. But after seeing the way he celebrated after bowling out Kevin Pietersen, I couldn’t resist doing an impression on that too. I met him in the gym in Pune and since he didn’t mention the episode, I assume all is well. Does Sourav need a haircut? Think he looks fine!

Daniel Vettori
Dan doesn’t realise he has his tongue out when he bowls, so we thought we’d show him. It was a revelation for him. Great player, great captain who has played over 100 international test matches and has one of the best
economy rates in cricket. His wife, mom and two kids were over a couple of weeks ago and Dan spent most of his time playing with his son in the hotel corridor.