Malayalam actors are extremely popular for their brilliant acting talent and exceptional dialogue delivering skills. Most of the popular actors of our movie industry are from the theatre background.
This is the factor which helps them in adapting the characters and in the technical aspects like voice modulation and dialogue rendering. Quoting Mammootty "Body and voice are the most effective tools for an actor. Without taking care of these two factors, no one can survive in the industry".
But sadly, most of the actresses and some of the actors survive with the help of dubbing artists, in our industry. Knowingly or unknowingly, Mollywood is fine with the actresses seeking the help of a voice actor. But for the actors, it is not easy to survive without using their own voices.
Popular actors Shankar Panicker and Rahman are the best examples for the actors who use dubbing voices. Shankar's voice was considered not-so-appealing; while Rahman lacked fluency in Malayalam, during their peak times. It was dubbing artist Krishnachandran who dubbed for the actors in most of their films.
In the younger generation, some actors including Unni Mukundan and Narain had took the help of dubbing artists at the beginning of their careers but later opted to use their own voices. But at the same time, there are some actors who not only uses their voices for their roles; but also turned voice actors for their contemporaries.
Here we present 10 such talented actors, who turned dubbing artists for others...
Veteran actor Thilakan had lent voice for some of his contemporaries. He has lent voice for popular singer-actor S P Balasubramaniam, in the popular 3D film Magic Magic and for some other popular other language actors in various films.
KPAC Lalitha has dubbed for some popular heroines, including the National Award winner Sharada, for some famous movies including Aabhijathyam and Theerthayathra, for Nanditha Bose in Panitheeraatha Veedu, for Surekha in Thakara etc.
Revathi, the talented-director actress turned voice actor for some popular actresses including Bollywood actresses Sridevi in Devaragam, Pooja Batra in Megham, Kushboo in Chandrolsavam, Kajol in Tamil movie Minsarakanavu, Tabu in Kandukondein Kandukondein and Kushboo in Chandrolsavam.
Veteran actor Narendraprasad has turned dubbing artist multiple times, for NL Balakrishnan in Orkkapurathu, Babu Anthony on Vaishali, Charuhaasan in Adharvam and Viswanathan in Chitram. He has also lent the voice for Bhramadeva in Padmarajan's Njan Gandharvan.
Urvashi has turned voice actress multiple times for some popular actresses in Tamil movies. Interestingly, she has dubbed for her elder sister Kalaranjini, in the blockbuster movie Nandanam, directed by Ranjith.
Surprisingly, Prithviraj turned voice actor for his fellow actor Arya, in the movie Urumi. He dubbed the voice for the character Chirakkal Kothuval, played by Arya in the film. Prithviraj essayed the lead role in the film.
The talented actress-singer-voice actress has won the State Award for Best Dubbing Artist multiple times. She started her dubbing career by lending voice to the famous character Mowgli, in the Malayalam version of Jungle Book. She has dubbed for the popular actresses Padmapriya, Kavya Madhavan, Jyothirmayi etc.
Saikumar turned dubbing artist for the first time, by lending voice Thiyagarajan in the movie Thilakkam, directed by Jayaraj. He later dubbed for Sathyaraj, in Kamal directed moive Aagathan.
Sarath Das, the popular mini screen star, is also a professional dubbing artist. He has dubbed for Narain in the popular movie Achuvinte Amma, for which he won the State Award for Best Dubbing Artist. He has dubbed for the popular stars including Siddharth Bharathan, Bala, Nishan etc.
Risa Bava, who stole the hearts as John Honayi in the movie In Harihar Nagar, is also a popular dubbing artist. He won the State Award for Best Dubbing Artist, for lending voice to Thalaivasal Vijay in the movie Karmayogi, directed by VK Prakash.