The Big B Mr Amitabh Bachchan agreeing to do the voiceover in Prabhas’ Radhe Shyam is a manifestation of the new friendship that burgeoned on the sets of the film that they are doing together in Telugu and Hindi for director Ashwini Dutt in Hyderabad.
As is well-known in the entertainment industry Prabhas is a fanatical foodie who not only loves to eat but also shares tons of delicious home-made food with his co-stars. This is what won Mr Amitabh Bachchan over. At home in Mumbai he is on a strict diet, and not allowed any of rich food that Prabhas has been feeding him in Hyderabad.
Amitabh Bachchan back home is worried about her husband’s food regimen going for a toss. However the two new food friends are ready to cement their kinship beyond cuisine now.
Prabhas requested Bachchan Saab to do the voiceover in Radhe Shyam. Bachchan Saab immediately agreed. It is amazing what miracles food can work.
Amitabh Bachchan has done a record number of commentaries and voiceovers for cinema as varied as Shakti Samanta’s Ballika Badhu, Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani, Vinod Chopra’s Parineeta, Rakesh Roshan’s Krissh 3 , Luc Jacquet’s March Of The Penguins, Ashutosh Gowariker’s Jodha Akbar, and Srijit Mukherjee’s Begum Jaan.
The Big B once said to me, “The experience of doing voice- overs is wonderful. My first -ever film-connected credit title was for the voice -over in Mrinal Da’s film Bhuvan Shome , then several followed.”
The Big B feels blessed to have had these opportunities . “Several films, documentaries where I have contributed my voice are forgotten now. But they are a sizable number. The most rewarding voice-overs have been the son et lumiere renditions for some prestigious and important national monuments for the Government of India… Khajuraho, Golconda Fort, Gwalior Fort, Tirupati, presentation for the Punjab Museum under construction, several religious institutions.I am also vocally associated with the son et lumiere at Ajmer Fort in Jaipur for the Rajasthan Government.”
The Big B has also done the voice-over in Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khiladi. “I regret not getting an opportunity to work with the legend as an actor. But just a mention as a voice -over in his film is a moment of great pride for me. Also artistically, my association for the Rabindranath album and in another ballet by Tanushree Shankar has been extremely rewarding.”
Voice-over (also known as off-camera or off-stage commentary) is a production technique where a voice—that is not part of the narrative (non-diegetic)—is used in a radio, television production, filmmaking, theatre, or other presentations.
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The voice-over is read from a script and may be spoken by someone who appears elsewhere in the production or by a specialist voice actor. Synchronous dialogue, where the voice-over is narrating the action that is taking place at the same time, remains the most common technique in voice-overs. Asynchronous, however, is also used in cinema.
It is usually prerecorded and placed over the top of a film or video and commonly used in documentaries or news reports to explain information.
Voice-overs are used in video games and on-hold messages, as well as for announcements and information at events and tourist destinations. It may also be read live for events such as award presentations. Voice-over is added in addition to any existing dialogue and is not to be confused with voice acting or the process of replacing dialogue with a translated version, the latter of which is called dubbing or revoicing.