Every time you make a phone call, you hear “Coronavirus se aaj poora desh lad raha hai. Yaad rahe humain bimari se ladna hai, bimaar se nehi….” Surely important, but it sometimes gets irritating as well. But have you ever wondered whose voice it might be? Jasleen Bhalla is the voice behind the Coronavirus caller tune (PSA) you hear every day.
Bhalla, who has been a former sports journalist, is a voice-over artist for more than 10 years now. Recently she gave an interview with the NDTV, where she spoke about how she got this opportunity.
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The Voice behind the Coronavirus Caller Tune!
A producer had approached Jasleen Bhalla to record a voice message for the Health Ministry. She had absolutely no idea where it would be played. After she recorded the message, she came to know that it will be played before every call across the nation as a public service announcement for coronavirus awareness.
Yet, she only assumed that the message would be taken off after 10 days, just like every other PSA. She never expected that her voice will continue to prepare every Indian to fight against Covid-19 till date. And every time she listens to it, she feels an ‘out-of-body’ experience.
Starting from her family members to her friends, a lot of people have told her how irritating it gets as the message comes way too frequently. But for her, it is something beyond that. “You’re trying to make a call, and you know it’s your voice. And you know it’s going to go on for 30 seconds. And it’s my own voice going on, telling me, ‘wash your hands, wear a mask and sanitizer’.”
“I’m the child of an Army officer, I was taught discipline and responsibility at a young age.”
As a responsible citizen, Jasleen has only stepped out of her house twice since lockdown. No doubt she is overwhelmed with the sudden popularity and knowing her makes it a pleasing experience for us as well, perhaps.
She also narrated the message at the end of the interview, which was a fun part to watch. While Jasleen Bhalla the voice of Coronavirus Caller Tune, has contributed to the safety of the nation, we should also acknowledge the fact that it is an important message and we must follow whatever Bhalla’s voice suggests us to keep the pandemic at bay.
Here is her tweet about her experience of the interview.
— Jasleen Bhalla (@bhallajasleen) June 9, 2020
5 Tips from the Coronavirus PSA:
- wear a mask while leaving your house
- don’t touch your face, eyes, nose or ears without washing hands
- maintain social distancing
- wash hands multiple times a day with soap
- stay safe, stay alert