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06-05-2011, 12:46 AM #1
Akshay Kumar Will Dub For Transformers Movie Hindi versionGlobal superhero films are waking up to India. In an endeavour to gain great visibility in the sub continent too and not just the West, the makers of Transformers franchise have approached none other than Akshay Kumar to dub for the one of the most integral characters of the film, 'Optimus Prime'. Original 'khiladi' of Bollywood has consented as well and would soon be dubbing for Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
"Akshay was pleasantly shocked when he received a call from the makers who requested him to dub for the film", informs a source close to him, "Michael Bay, the man behind Transformers franchise was personally interested in getting him on board. He wanted someone with a powerful and commanding voice to dub for the Hindi version and felt that Akshay was most suited for the job."
Though Akshay has worked in close to 100 Hindi films and doesn't have any qualms when it comes to dubbing, he knows that dubbing for a character as powerful as Optimus Prime would come with its own challenge. More so because he would not be dubbing for a human being but a machine which is a valiant and heroic leader of the Autobots.
"He is up for it", the source adds, "In fact more than him, it is his son Aarav who is mighty excited about his dad doing the film. He was waiting for the film to arrive this July and watch the film on the big screen. Now he has decided to skip the English version and instead opt for the dubbed Hindi version where he would be able to listen to his dad. Every child looks at his dad as a superhero. Akshay is doing the film for his son."
Though there have been countless Hollywood flicks that have been dubbed in Hindi with professional dubbing artists lending their services, this would be a first when an A-lister from Bollywood would be doing the honours for a Live superhero film. A huge fan of the Transformers series, Akshay is said to have been excited as a child when told that he would now be a part of the franchise.
"He feels that by dubbing for Optimus Prime in the film, he would now be a part of history being made", continues the source, "Akshay hasn't missed a single film in the franchise so far; whether it is Transformers (2007) or Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009). Now even though he is doing double shifts for Joker and Desi Boyz, promoting Khatron Ke Khiladi and would be travelling to London for the shoot of Housefull 2, he has promised Michael Bay that he would take out time and finish the dubbing of Transformers: Dark of the Moon."
Trivia: In the English version, each of the three Transformers films has seen Hollywood dubbing legend Peter Cullen dub for Optimus Prime as the character requires 'a deep, raspy voice'. One now looks forward to hear whether Akshay does something similar or brings in his own style.
...being a human...