New Delhi | Jagran Trending Desk: Mobile phones were an exclusivity in 1994, when 'The Shawshank Redemption', whose popular narration was to become an inspiration for a famous cautionary callertune during a vile pandemic years after, was released. But now in 2020, the world's functioning remains ’just a phone call away’ resulting in non-exclusive nature of pobile phones.

And with this widespread availability of mobile phones, comes the immeasurable public outreach capacity, which the government has been utilising since late-February through a mandatory COVID-19 Callertune. The cautionary voice belongs to Delhi’s voiceover artist and former sports journalist Jasleen Bhalla.

The government’s COVID-19 callertune advisory, which states the measures one must undertake to stay safe during the times of Coronavirus pandemic, has been heard by tens of millions, if not hundreds, all across the country.

That’s the kind of sensationally significant role which the voice of Delhi’s 40-year-old Jasleen Bhalla, an alumnus of Delhi University’s Khalsa college, has played countrywide. According to Jasleen, within the initial few days of her voiceover becoming the mandatory feature of a phone call, her friends started forwarding memes, telling her ‘We know this is your voice…but ab bus bhi karo yaar’(but now stop it man!).

In an interview given to NDTV, Jasleen said that it has proven to be an essential step to sort of drill into everyone’s minds that you have to wear a mask, wash your hands and use a sanitiser et cetera, “So at times a bitter pill also does its work,” Jasleen adds.

Asked how does she feel hearing her own voice before making a phone call herself, she calls it “a little out-of-body experience”.

Jasleen said that while her husband was ‘pleasantly surprised’ upon hearing his wife’s voice before a phone call, he is now used to it. “I guess I have trained his ears well, being an excessive talker anyway,” Jasleen chuckles.

Soon after graduating from Delhi’s Khalsa college, Jasleen started working as a sports journalist and producer with different channels, and by 2010, gradually started her career as a professional voice-over artist.  Now that she figuratively has become the most heard voice-over artist in the country right now, Jasleen adds that she finds Morgan Freeman’s voiceover in ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ (1994) really impressive alongside the ‘articulate and ‘expressive’ voiceover of Richard Hammond in ‘The Science of Stupid’.

 “Morgan Freeman’s narration in Shawshank Redemption (1994) was really something else,” says Jasleen.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta