The trend of dubbing for a Hindi version of English movies was started by SRK and his son Aryan back in 2004 when they voiced 'The Incredibles'. It seems that the trend has taken a shine to Bollywood actors and is here to stay.
Shah Rukh Khan and son Aryan will be voicing King Mufasa and Simba respectively, in the Hindi version of 'The Lion King'. In addition, Ashish Vidyarthi will be the voice behind Scar`s character, Shreyas Talpade will give his voice to Timon, Sanjay Mishra will play Pumbaa and veteran actor Govardhan Asrani will play Zazu.
Ranveer Singh was roped in to voice Ryan Reynold's avatar as an adult superhero with a dark sense of humour in 'Deadpool 2' .In an interview, Raveer Singh also revealed the challenges of dubbing and said, "I discovered (the process of dubbing) along the way...It is quite a tedious process. There are loads of challenges that one faces while trying to translate into the Hindi language... Sometimes the joke and the punchline does not directly translate into Hindi cultural context, so the cultural translation is one of the biggest aspects".
Tiger Shroff added his own touch to Spiderman in 'Spiderman: Homecoming' when he got a chance to lend his voice to his favourite superhero. Tiger had earlier said in an interview that voicing Spiderman was one step closer to fulfilling his dream of playing the role one day.
The sequel, 'Spiderman: Far From Home' starring Tom Holland is set to hit theatres on June 28, 2019
Akshay Kumar dubbed for the robot superhero Optimus Prime in 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon'. It was later revealed that Akshay did this film as a gesture for his son, Aarav who is a big fan of the franchise and did not charge anything for the same.
Actor Varun Dhawan gave his voice for Chris Evans' character in 'Captain America: Civil War'. "Captain America is a matured and a balanced leader. This is something that I am not. So, that made it all the more challenging for me. 'Captain America: Civil War' is bigger better and the action is huge," Varun said in a statement.
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South Indian actor Rana Daggubati too entered the Marvel universe when he lent his voice for the supervillain Thanos in the Telugu version of 'Avengers: Infinity War'. He has also dubbed for the Telugu version of 'Avengers: Endgame'.
The trend is not limited to actors as singer and songwriter Armaan Malik too, voiced the character of 'Aladdin' in the Hindi version of the film. Along with him, rapper Badshah too created a song and a video for the live-action adaptation of the Disney classic.
Coming back to animated films, Disney's blockbuster 'The Jungle' included Nana Patekar, Shefali Shah, Priyanka Chopra and Irrfan Khan as their Hindi dubbing artists. Priyanka replaced Scarlett Johansson as Kaa whereas Irfan Khan dubbed Baloo who was originally voiced by Bill Murray. Nana Patekar was back as Shere Khan and Shefali Shah played Raksha.
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Actors Siddhant Chaturvedi and Sanya Malhotra recently dubbed for Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson respectively, in the Hindi version of 'Men In Black: International'. Talking about his first international project, Siddhant also said, “This cult franchise is a global phenomenon and has set a benchmark for sci-fi comedy films. I have been a fan of the films since childhood and extremely happy to join the MIB family. Chris Hemsworth is a global icon and I have been religiously following him since his superhero days. To voice for his character is a dream come true and I hope with this project, I manage to live up to audiences’ expectations and sustain MIB’s legacy in India.”