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From Kajol to Shah Rukh Khan: Bollywood stars who lend their voice for animated movies

Gone are those days when Bollywood actors used to shy away from dubbing in animated movies. The recent past has witnessed an array of stars joining the bandwagon of anime characters.

If media reports are to be believed Sonam Kapoor has agreed to do a voice-over for an untitled animated movie. The Kapoor girl is the new addition to the already famous list of actors including recently-joined Kajol, Priyanka Chopra, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan who have lent their voice to animated films over the years.

Take a look:

Kajol in ‘Incredibles 2’:

Bollywood’s quintessential actress Kajol has lent her voice to the Hindi version of ‘Incredibles 2’. After getting her first wax statue in Singapore, Kajol has lent her voice to the character of Helen Parr, Elastigirl, in the English original directed by Brad Bird.

Shah Rukh Khan in ‘Incredibles’:

The Badshah of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan and his son Aryan had done the voiceover for the Hindi version – The Incredibles, which released in Hindi as ‘Hum Hain Lajawab’ in 2004. He lent his voice for the character of ‘Lajawab’ (Mr Incredible), the main protagonist of the film.

Priyanka Chopra in ‘Planes’ and ‘The Jungle Book’:

Before our desi girl made her Hollywood debut with Baywatch and the cop-drama series Quantico, Priyanka Chopra has dubbed for two animated movies. She lent her voice for the character of a plane called Ishani in Disney’s animated sports comedy, Planes (2013).

She also was the voice of Kaa in the Hindi version of The Jungle Book, 2016 directed by Jon Favreau.

Akshay Kumar in ‘Jumbo’:

The animation film directed by Kompin Kemgumnird featured the voice of Khiladi Akshay Kumar for the lead character of a baby elephant named Jumbo.

Along with Akshay Kumar, Lara Dutta (Sonia), Dimple Kapadia (Devi), Rajpal Yadav (Dildar Yadav), Asrani (Senapati), Gulshan Grover (Bhaktavtar), and Yuvraj Singh (Rajkumar Vikramaditya) also lent their voices for various characters in the film.

Arjun Kapoor in Ice Age: Collision course:

Arjun Kapoor made his voice-over debut with the character of Buck in the Hindi version of the Hollywood adventure Ice Age: Collision Course, directed by Mike Thurmeier.

Salman Khan in Hanuman Da Damdaar:

Salman Khan had lent his voice to the grown-up character of Hanuman from the anime Hanuman Da Damdaar directed by Ruchi Narain.

The film also has voiceovers by other celebs including Raveena Tandon (Anjani), Saurabh Shukla (Kesari), Javed Akhtar (Maharishi Valmiki), Kunal Kemmu (Indra), Makarand Deshpande (Vishrava), Vinay Pathak (Popat Sharma) and Chunky Pandey (Nazuk tourist guide).

Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan in Roadside Romeo:

Before getting hitched, the star-couple has already lent their voice to the Jugal Hansraj directorial, ‘Roadside Romeo’. While Saif voiced the Romeo character, Kareena dubbed for Laila, Romeo’s girlfriend in the film. The film was a joint venture between Yash Raj Films and the Indian division of the Walt Disney Company.

Vinay Pathak and Ranvir Shorey in ‘Rio’:

For the Hindi version of the film, Bollywood actors Vinay Pathak and Ranvir Shorey became the voices of the characters, ‘Pedro’ and ‘Nico’ in the film ‘Rio’ respectively.

Imran Khan & Sonakshi Sinha in Rio 2:

Imran Khan and Sonakshi Sinha lent their voices for the Hindi version of the adventure comedy Rio 2 directed by Carlos Saldanha. Imran and Sonakshi lent their voices to the characters of Blue and Jewel who are two blue birds characters from the film.

Shreyas Talpade in Dashavatar:

It featured the voice of Bollywood actor Shreyas Talpade. The actor lent his voice to the character of ‘Narad’ in the film.

Manoj Bajpayee, Juhi Chawla in Ramayana: The Epic:

Debut director Chetan Desai’s movie featured voices such as Manoj Bajpayee (Ram), Juhi Chawla (Sita) and Ashutosh Rana (Ravan). The film made about Rs. 36 lakh at the box office.

Akshaye Khanna, Urmila and Boman Irani in ‘Delhi Safari’:

The Nikhil Advani directed comedy featured voices of Akshaye Khanna (Alex the parrot), Govinda (Bajrangi the Monkey), Sunil Shetty (Sultan the leopard), Boman Irani (Bagga the bear), and Urmila Matondkar (Begum the mother leopard).


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