Break for singing, mimicry; 2 artistes survive lockdown through fish selling
Kochi: When Sudheesh started the vehicle loaded with different varieties of fish, Jyothish followed him in another bike full of fish because they have to sell the fish before noon.
Jyothish Babu is a playback singer and member of singers troupe and Kalabhavan Sudheesh is a mimicry artist. They had to find another way of living as their programmes could not be organised during the COVID times. Hence, they chose fish selling.
"Life was gradually becoming settled with movies and stage shows. But COVID destroyed it all and I don't have a single penny even to repay loans. I was afraid if people would mock at me for selling fish despite being a celebrity who acts as judge at contests and goes for inaugural events. I took a decision after discussing it with my wife for long hours," Jyothish said. Sudheesh also agrees with him and said he too went through similar phase.
Both artistes reach Varappuzha market in Ernakulam early in the morning. Sudheesh travels about 50 kilometres to sell the fish. As people are familar with him through mimicry shows, it helps him in business. Jyothish Babu has sung songs for movies like Arya, Happy and Pakkai. He sells fish in a stall built near Muppathadam road.