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Pirates of the Arabian

Funnyman Cyrus Broacha and musician Sidd Coutto to sing as pirates on childrens’ show.

tv Updated: Jun 26, 2011 14:45 IST
Shweta Mehta

City kids are in for a treat next month as Cyrus Broacha adds another act to his repertoire. The funnyman has signed up to sing as Sharky – a character on the Hindi version of animated series, Jake and the Never Land Pirates. “I’m a trained Carnatic vocalist,” he says with a straight face, “but all of that is getting because my character is a pirate. I tried to sing my ragas, but they just wouldn’t let me.” While Broacha may not be getting the kind of songs he considers his expertise, his partner on the show, musician Sidd Coutto still believes he’s doing a decent job. “Cyrus is half-Catholic and half-Parsi, so he had to have some musical blood in him. He’s very operatic and is a theatre guy, so I don’t think he’s had much of a problem.

Coutto is essaying the role of Bones, who along with Sharky, is a deckhand on a ship. “I’ve grown up watching movies on this channel, Disney, and I love animation. The original series seemed fun and I liked the idea, so I signed up,” he says, clarifying that although he’s a musician himself, he hasn’t helped to compose the music on the show.

Broacha, on the other hand, is doing the show for well calculated reasons. “There are three,” he enthuses. “One is the money. The second is that because the show is on Disney, they might be able to get me free passes to watch Cars 2 and a few other movies. And finally, my daughter believes it’ll now be easier for me to bring Hannah Montana down for her birthday.” His kids, aged four and eight, may not have watched the show yet, but they’re very excited by the promos. “I hope I can live up to their expectations. At last, their father is a cartoon, and in their eyes, a cartoon character is the highest form of evolution,” smiles Broacha.

The duo has also hit it off while recording for the show, and Broacha even claims that they’ve “reached a very comfortable space.” With the show set to hit airwaves early next month, they’re waiting for the audience’s reactions to help gauge whether they’d like to sign up for another season.