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The voice behind the famous face: Meet dubbing artists of your favourite stars

CinemaWhether it's Genelia, Simran, Aishwarya Rai or Rana Daggubati, it's through the voice artists that we've heard some of our biggest stars speak.Anjana Shekar“Anthena? Inkem kavali? Veelaithe nalugu maatalu. Kudirithe cup coffee?” When Bommarillu came out in 2006, this dialogue was all the rage. So much so that close to three lakh people had set these lines as their ringtone/caller tune. Genelia’s perky expressions on-screen, complemented by the squeaky, highly enthusiastic voice, rendered the character an immediate hit among the masses. But not many know that it was Savitha Radhakrishnan and not Genelia herself who delivered the dialogues, behind the screens. We’ve heard their voice in many films, we’ve even memorised dialogues and mimicked the exact intonation in which they’ve said it but most times, we do not know their names or their faces. The identity of a voice artist in India remains behind screens, and is often reduced to “the voice” only. The history of the voice When the silent era progressed to the talkies, the need for actors to use their own voice became imminent. During the initial days, most actors spoke their own dialogues and many even sang their own songs - M K Thyagaraja Bhagavathar, K B Sundarambal were well known for their vocal prowess. It was Av Meiyappan, the country’s most lauded pioneer in cinema, who set the earliest stage for dubbing. Randor Guy writes in The Hindu, “A milestone was crossed in 1943 with the making of Harishchandra, dubbed from Kannada to Tamil. At Krishnaswamy wrote the dialogue to match the lip movements of the actors. Sri Valli, a folk mythology, the favourite story of Tamils, hit the bull's eye.” He goes on to add: “A revolution of sorts happened at this time. On hearing feedback that the singing of Rukmini lacked pep, Meiyappan made a bold move and roped in Periyanayaki to sing playback. Pragati technicians worked round the clock to synchronise voice and lip. Reels were recalled and new ones rushed to theatres in cars and trains. Avm had done something no producer would dare to do after the release of a film.” This perhaps laid the first stone for dubbing in the industry as we know it. Today, there’s a union for dubbing artists called South Indian Cine, Television Artistes and Dubbing Artistes Union (Sictadau) formed almost 30 years ago and is currently headed by Kr Selvaraj. The voices behind the big names The role of a voice artist was quite unknown among the audience during the eighties and the nineties. “Even back then, we had several voice artists dubbing for actors like Radha, Amala and Kushboo. However, when more north Indian actors started acting in Tamil and Telugu films, that’s when people realised that there should be someone else dubbing for them,” says Savitha. “I gained a lot of attention only after director Shankar’s Jeans when I dubbed for Aishwarya Rai. People wondered how Aishwarya Rai spoke so fluently in Tamil,” laughs Savitha. While talking to her over the phone, several faces of her on-screen characters flashed before this writer's eyes: Simran from Priyamanavale, Laila from Pithamagan, Nayanthara from Boss Engira Bhaskaran, Meera Jasmin from Sandakozhi… before I could steer my attention to her words alone. Having dubbed for over a thousand films for several actors including Jyothika, Simran, Hansika Motwani, Kajal Aggarwal, Amy Jackson, etc., Savitha remains one of the most adaptable and sought-after voices in the industry. Savitha Radhakrishnan felicitated by director Ameer at Jfw event “When it comes to dubbing, there’s a lot of observation involved. Even laughter differs from person to person. Then comes memorising the dialogues. If you were to keep reading from the paper, it’ll affect the quality of the output,” explains Savitha. A very shy person in real life, Savitha says she prefers the dark room with no-one inside while recording. “Some people stand and move to emote while dubbing. I always sit, two inches away from the mic, in a dark room,” she says. Priya Anand, on the other hand, was someone who challenged the notion of the soft-spoken, chirpy female lead. With her bass voice, she rattled the industry that was slowly introducing female leads with strong tonality. Having first dubbed at the young age of five, Priya thanks father Mohan who introduced her to the world of recording. “My father was a yesteryear actor who used to act along with Mgr. When he went for recordings he used to take me along and that’s how my journey began," she recounts. To this day, the biggest compliment she has received, which she considers to be an achievement, remains a comment registered by writer Sujatha in Kalki magazine. “In an interview, writer Sujatha had said that although he doesn't watch Tamil soaps on TV, he watches Mandira Bedi’s Shanti just for the ‘sweet voice of that unknown girl’. I was overwhelmed when I read that,” she reminisces. Priya rose to become the dubbing director of the Madhavan starrer Amazon Prime series - Breathe. Her big break, however, came in 2004 with Selvaraghavan’s 7G Rainbow Colony. Priya Anand with her friends - actor Sonia Agarwal and actor Pooja “Bass voice is now sought-after but back then not many preferred it. In that regard, I’d say all of Selvaraghavan’s female protagonists have strong, bass voice," she says. The industry The industry now, however, is saturated with many RJs, VJs, singers and even artists dubbing for themselves. “Today we have many youngsters coming in to dub and the technology has become easier as well. That’s where the association comes in as a regulator,” explains Savitha. Sictadau has a membership fee of Rs. 1,50,000 for those who wish to dub in feature films. The field, however, is open for those who want to do voice-overs for commercials and documentaries. “If someone’s voice happens to be approved after voice test, they can go ahead and dub just by paying a small amount of 20,000. But from the second film onward, they cannot dub without the membership. This makes sure that only those who are serious about the career can dub,” shares Savitha. But have things changed with more actors choosing to dub for themselves? “I really appreciate it when an artist comes forward to dub for their own characters. It gives them a complete experience. But there are those who simply cannot pick up a language. Here again, actors like Asin, Tamannaah and Nithya Menen have huge potential to dub for themselves,” says Savitha. Changing with the times Every industry has had its fair share of advancements and so has the recording industry. “At first there was a loop system that had just a single track. Everyone had to dub at the same time. There was one mic for the men, one for the women and a stool for the children to stand on when it was their turn. I was 10 when did my first recording in 1990. If someone made a mistake, everyone had to redo it again!” recounts Savitha. From there, it progressed to the track system that had several tracks - one for the main actors, one for character artists, one for bit artists (small parts), one track for the crowd/atmosphere, etc. “Now we have all the latest technology that has made recording very easy. You can make your voice sound thinner, baser. Earlier, syncing was the biggest challenge. In your head you should have timed your sentences accurately. But now there’s absolutely no need for that,” she adds. While it is the women actors who usually do films across industries, the dubbing industry also has a good number of male voice artists. A good example to recall is actor Mohan. The star who was at his peak during the eighties and the nineties had most of his films (75 films) dubbed by singer and voice artist Sn Surender. With the coming of many bilingual, trilingual and dubbed films, the scope for dubbing artists has increased. The industry also expanded itself with dubbed cartoons and soaps that are now very common on TV. Having entered the field by chance, Azam found his big break in 2015, dubbing for Rana Daggubati’s character in Baahubali. Azam with director SS Rajamouli “When I was asked to dub for Baahubali, I went in thinking that it’d be for a small character. I was shocked when they played Rana’s scene on screen,” he says. Cinema is known for casting a huge shadow on the many hands that actually help propel it. Junior artists, technicians, stunt actors, body doubles, lighting crew and many such roles are under-appreciated. So how do the voice artists feel about the recognition they’ve got so far? “I cannot lobby enough for our recognition,” says Priya. “We are treated very well by the team, the directors I’ve worked with have always held us very respectfully. Actors I’ve worked with - Soniya Aggarwal and Pooja are my best friends. But I still believe more can be done when it comes to recognition.” Ironically, dubbing artists had their first award only in 2000. Savitha who received the first ever Tamil Nadu state award for Best Female Dubbing Artist for the film Priyamanavale says, ”It was a hope-giving improvement for us. But I do hope we get to receive national awards as well. 50 percent of the life to the character on screen is attributed to the voice.”
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When Aditya Chopra wanted Armaan Kohli for Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

When Aditya Chopra wanted Armaan Kohli for Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
Aditya Chopra in the book ‘Aditya Chopra Relives…Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’, revealed that for the role of Kuljeet Singh, the original choice was Armaan Kohli. Aditya told him that if he had ambition to be the leading man, then he should not sign for this part. Armaan Kohli hence opted out. Aditya then spotted Parmeet Sethi at a holi party at Amitabh Bachchan’s house. He was offered this part and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge became his debut vehicle. He also wanted Pratibha Sinha for Preeti’s role but later settled for Mandira Bedi.

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'Prabhas will get married this year': Yesteryear actor Krishnam Raju on his nephew

Prabhas has for long been asked when he will get married and the media has been playing a guessing game for years now.Digital NativeDigital NativePrabhas’ uncle and yesteryear hero Krishnam Raju reportedly told in an interview that his nephew would get married this year. In an interview to the India Today, he said, “It is embarrassing a bit to answer this question in every interview. Prabhas will get married this year. He is willing to.” This increasing fixation on his marriage among his fans is known to have hit the roof before. It may be recalled that earlier in an interview Prabhas had said that he had received about 6000 marriage proposals but had to reject them all as he was concentrating on his acting career. Prabhas, known as the most eligible bachelor in India right now, dedicated five years of his career to Baahubali: the Beginning and Baahubali: the Conclusion. He is currently busy with Saaho, a multi-lingual that is being directed by Sujeeth. Touted to hit the silver screens this year, the film has Shraddha Kapoor playing his lead pair with Neil Nitin Mukesh, Arun Vijay, Jackie Shroff, and Lal in pivotal roles with Mandira Bedi playing a role with shades of gray. Shankar – Ehsaan – Loy have composed music for this venture with R Madhi cranking the camera and A Sreekar Prasad roped in for editing the film. Made on a humongous budget, bankrolled by V Vamsi Krishna Reddy and Pramod under their banner Uv Creations, Saaho will be released in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu across the globe. Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions will be distributing the film. There have been rumours about Prabhas dating Anushka Shetty for quite a few years now. Though the stars have denied it, the rumours refuse to die down. With Krishnam Raju making it clear that Prabhas’ wedding would take place this year, fans wait to hear the good news. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 15.0px; font: 12.8px Arial; color: #222222; -webkit-text-stroke: #222222; background-color: #ffffff} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; line-height: 15.0px; font: 12.8px Arial; color: #222222; -webkit-text-stroke: #222222; background-color: #ffffff; min-height: 15.0px} span.s1 {font-kerning: none}
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“Vodka Diaries Is A Thriller Unlike Any Other” – Subhash K Jha Review

Vodka Diaries

K K Menon, Mandira Bedi, Raima Sen, Sharib Hashmi

Directed by Kushal Shrivastava

Rating: ***(3 stars)

It isn’t often that we get to see a suspense thriller that dares to go that extra mile in pursuit of some novelty in a genre that invariable relies on clichés for effect.

Vodka Diaries is high on pegs of pungent potshots taken at the suspense genre. It defies the ground-rules laid down by the architects of the suspense genre (whoever they might be) and deconstructs the entire edifice of intrigue into a cat-and-mouse chase which culminates in a frightening​crisis​.

The film opens with an impressive severe topshot of a distraught K K menon running through the snow of what we soon come to know is Manali (a badge on a cop’s shoulder mentions ‘Hp’). It’s a breathtaking shot and kudos to cinematographer Manish Chandra Bhatt. You suspect debutant
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Back from holiday, actor Prabhas joins sets of 'Sahoo'

EntertainmentThe film's team is currently stationed in Hyderabad where some important scenes are being canned.Digital NativeBaahubali actor Prabhas is back from his holiday in Los Angeles where he had travelled, to ring in the New Year. Now, he has joined the sets of his upcoming film Saaho. The team is currently stationed in Hyderabad where some important scenes are being canned. The film’s lead lady Shraddha Kapoor and villain Neil Nithin Mukesh have joined the sets as well. This is a short schedule and the Saaho team is expected to wrap it up soon. Following this, the team would be moving to Dubai where a 45-day schedule has been planned. Reports suggest that the director of the film has planned some high-octane fight sequences to be shot there. The makers have roped in Hollywood stunt director Kenny Bates to choreograph the action sequences for the movie and said that it would be a treat to watch. With Prabhas turning out to be a star with the pan-Indian appeal after the massive success of Baahubali: the Beginning and Baahubali: the Conclusion and having a huge fan base across the country, expectations are high on Saaho. An action thriller, a genre completely different from the Baahubali franchise, the film is being directed by Sujeeth. V Vamsi Krishna Reddy and Pramod are bankrolling this project under their banner Uv Creations on a budget of Rs. 200 crore. While Prabhas, Shraddha Kapoor and Neil Nithin Mukesh play pivotal roles in the film, the star cast also includes Arun Vijay, Jackie Shroff, Lal and Mandira Bedi. Being shot in Hindi and Telugu simultaneously, the film is expected to be released in other languages including Tamil and Malayalam. The technical crew of Saaho include Shankar – Ehsaan – Loy for music, R Madhi for cinematography and A Sreekar Prasad for editing. Reports suggest that the movie will be out, later this year. Content by Digital Native.
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Did makers of 'Saaho' refuse a Rs 240-cr deal from T-Series?

EntertainmentThe film is actor Prabhas' first outing after the 'Baahubali' series, and expectations are high.Digital NativeThe makers of the upcoming multi-lingual film Saaho have reportedly rejected a Rs 240-crore deal offered by T Series for the theatrical rights of the film in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi. The shooting of this magnum opus is half way through and the pre-release business is happening at full swing. Impressed over the content and the star value of Saaho, T Series reportedly came up with the whopping deal but the producers have declined the offer, stating that that they were expecting over Rs. 270 crore. The shooting of the film commenced a couple of months ago and the team is looking forward to the UAE schedule which has been planned. This schedule is expected to commence soon and in the meantime, the producers have been busy locking several pre-release deals. Directed by Sujeeth, Saaho is produced by Vamsi Krishna Reddy and Pramod under the banner Uv Creations on a huge budget. The star cast of the film includes Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead roles with Neil Nitin Mukesh, Arun Vijay, Jackie Shroff, Lal, and Mandira Bedi in other supporting roles. Expectations are high for the film’s release as it happens to be the actor’s first outing after the massive success of his Baahubali: the Beginning and Baahubali: the Conclusion. Bollywood music director trio, Shankar – Ehsaan – Loy have been roped in to compose tunes for Saaho with R Madhi cranking the camera and A Sreekar Prasad roped in for editing. According to reports, director Sujeeth is filming Saaho in three languages Tamil, Telugu and Hindi separately and the inclusion of stars from various film industry is to target the audiences from the respective states. With the shooting happening at a breakneck speed, the film is expected to release during summer this year. Content provided by Digital Native.
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Actor Prabhas to play a dual role in 'Sahoo'?

EntertainmentThe film will be released in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi, and is slated to hit screens in 2018.Digital Native Prabhas Sahoo trailer screenshot.jpgPrabhas has undoubtedly turned out to be one of the leading actors in India with his recently released Baahubali: the Conclusion being declared a box office hit. If sources are anything to go by, the ‘Rebel star’ would be seen in a dual role in his highly-anticipated upcoming film Sahoo. Recollecting Prabhas look in the Sahoo teaser, which was released at the time of his previous film, and the first look where he is seen hiding his face with a mask, reports suggested that he could be playing a dual role. However, official confirmation is awaited. Directed by Sujeeth of Run Raja Run fame, Saaho is touted to be a sci-fi thriller. Starring Prabhas in the lead role and he will be seen acting with Shraddha Kapoor in the movie. Recently, the crew wrapped up the first schedule in Hyderabad, completing nearly 40% of the total shoot. Earlier, the team planned to head to Dubai where a large chunk of the scenes with Prabhas were to be shot at the Burj Khalifa, but due to some unknown reasons, this Dubai schedule has got delayed and the entire shooting plan has changed. Recently, the first look of the film was unveiled to coincide with the birthday celebration of Prabhas. The star cast includes Neil Nitin Mukesh who plays the main villain in the film and along with Mahesh Manjrekar, Jackie Shroff, Mandira Bedi and Chunkey Pandey. International stuntman Kenny Bates, popular for his work on films such as Die Hard and Transformers, has been brought on board. The film is made on a budget of Rs. 150 crore, bankrolled by Uppalapati Pramod and V Vamsi Krishna Reddy on Uv Creations banner. The movie has music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. While Sabu Cyril will take care of production design, Madhie will crank the camera. The film will be released in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi. The film is slated to hit screens in 2018. Content by Digital Native. Enanble Notification: NoTNM Marquee: No
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Omg! Mandira Bedi looks smoking hot on the cover of Health & Nutrition

Omg! Mandira Bedi looks smoking hot on the cover of Health & Nutrition
Mandira Bedi was seen as a coy, demure girl-next-door when she debuted on television with ‘Shanti’. Even in her debut film, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, her character was that of a simple, homely girl. But all changed in 2003 when she hosted the show ‘Extraaa Innings’ during the Icc Cricket World Cup 2003. Her styleRead More

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“Ittefaq is a whocareswhodunit disguised as a whodunit” – Subhash K Jha Review

Ittefaq

Starring Akshaye Khanna,Sidharth Malhotra, Sonakshi Sinha

Directed by Abhay Chopra

This 2-hour thriller claiming to be a taut revisionist version of the 1969 classic produced by this film’s director’s father and directed by his uncle, actually seems to last much longer than its playing-time.

Ittefaq is one long stretch and a yawn. Unlike the origina,l the action in the remake jumps all over the place like a frog during the mating season. The characters run around a lot. But we are never interested in where they are going, or whom they were trying to bump off and why. This is not a whodunit. This is a whocareswhodunit disguised as a whodunit.

And the real murder victim is the original film’s script. Yash Chopra’s Ittefaq has been mauled and moulded into shapes that the original creators never intended. The real murder happens not in the
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Thiruttu Payale 2 release plan is here!

Here is a quick glance at a few Bw Quickies:

> Bobby Simhaa, Amala Paul and actor Prasanna’s Thiruttu Payale 2 directed by Susi Ganeshan is said to release in the first week of November 2017.

> Gv Prakash’s Adangathey directed by Shanmugam Muthusamy, is said to have had a wrap for its final schedule of shoot yesterday (October 1, 2017). Mandira Bedi’s portions are also touted to be over with some patch work alone left.

Thiruttu Payale 2 release plan is here!

Here is a quick glance at a few Bw Quickies:

> Bobby Simhaa, Amala Paul and actor Prasanna’s Thiruttu Payale 2 directed by Susi Ganeshan is said to release in the first week of November 2017.

> Gv Prakash’s Adangathey directed by Shanmugam Muthusamy, is said to have had a wrap for its final schedule of shoot yesterday (October 1, 2017). Mandira Bedi’s portions are also touted to be over with some patch work alone left.
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Massive: These six Bollywood stars in Prabhas starrer Saaho

After Baahubali, Prabhas's now becomes the heartthrob among the fans. The star announced his next film titled 'Saaho.' Recently, we had also reported that Bollywood diva Shraddha Kapoor would be pairing up with Prabhas and Neil Nitin Mukesh will also be seen in the film.

As per reports, the film will also feature few more popular Bollywood stars like; Chunky Pandey, Jackie Shroff, Mahesh Manjrekar, Mandira Bedi and Tinnu Anand. It is also believed that Mandira Bedi will be playing a negative role in the film and her character will be impactful.

Talking about the film, 'Saaho' is expected to...
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Gv Prakash in a completely fresh avatar!

The teaser of Gv Prakash’s next flick, Adangathey, helmed by Shanmugam Muthusamy, is out and this time it seems like Gv has chosen a very promising script which is definitely out of his comfort zone.

The teaser of this film, which seems to be set in North India, looks interesting. Gv seems to have experimented with a genre he hasn’t done before, an action thriller that involves terrorism. It starts off with shots of Varanasi and some masjids. They then show Mandira Bedi, as a top police official. She seems to be a tough lady who is heading a team...
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Bruce Lee backs out, but another Gv film joins Bairavaa

A few hours ago, we had informed you that G.V.Prakash's Bruce Lee is postponed to February, thereby backing out from the Pongal race. 

 

But, there is another G.V. film which has joined Bairavaa now. It is Adangathey. It will not be the film, but the teaser of which will be screened along with the Vijay starrer. Adangathey stars G.V.Prakash Kumar, Sarathkumar, Surabhi and Mandira Bedi, and is directed by Shanmugam Muthusamy.

So, get ready to witness the teaser of Adangathey along with Bairavaa from the 12th of January.
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G.V.Prakash to come fresh and new on the first day of 2017

G.V.Prakash's Adangathey, in which he stars alongside Surabhi, Sarathkumar and Mandira Bedi, is currently in its production stages.

 

We now hear that the first look of this action drama will be out on January 1st, as a New Year special. Apparently, Sarathkumar will be seen as a warrior and he is said to have undergone vigorous sword fight training in order to get the moves right. This film is also expected to give a new makeover for G.V.Prakash.

Adangathey is produced by Sri Green Productions and directed by Shanmugam Muthusamy.
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A Tribute to Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge!

With now 20 years of Ddlj magic we wanted to bring this favorite feature back.

One thing you must know about BollySpice is that we all write about what we love, which is Bollywood, and for many of us here on the team, one of the films we love the most is Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge or Ddlj. The film debuted on October 20, 1995 and 20 years later it is still playing! Since many of our writers do love Ddlj so much, we wanted to pay tribute, once again, to this iconic film!

First the story:

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is a story about human relationships.

Chaudhry Baldev Singh (Amrish Puri) is a London based immigrant. He, along with his wife Lajwanti (Farida Jalal) and two daughters Simran (Kajol) and Chutki (Pooja Ruparel) have been living in London for the past several years. A true Indian at heart, Chaudhry Baldev Singh is a
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