Once when Smita Patil had passed away suddenly, Rekha had stepped in to dub for her in a film called Waaris.
Now it’s Satish Kaushik’s turn to do a Smita on Om Puri whose voiceover in Om’s wife Seema Kapoor’s feature film Mr Kabaadi has been done by Satish.
Says Satish, “I was shooting in Delhi and Seema Kapoor called me to do a voiceover which was to meant be done by Puri Saheb.Like they Man proposes, God disposes.I flew back to Bombay for a day to dub .Puri Saab’sdialogue delivery is an inspiration for coming generation of actors.It was my sheer honour and privilege to take up this responsibility.”
Has Satish been able to do justice to the endeavour? “Though it is very tough and almost impossible for me to match the power and tenor of his voice it was a feeling of respect and admiration for Puri Saheb to slip into his shoes.”
Satish doing Om’s voiceover was a deeply emotional experience for all concerned. Om’s better-half SeemaKapoor broke down as she witnessed Satish’s efforts to modulate his voice to sound like Om Puri’s famous baritone.