I think it’s fair to say that my eyes literally opened in a studio room because I’ve been dubbing since when I was barely 4 years old. My father had been in the dubbing business for 35 years, so I started young with him. When I turned 5, I started dubbing for radio ads. I was too young to understand what I was saying, so my father would sit in front of me and speak the lines along with expressions and I’d look at him and replicate it.
That same year came ‘Krishna Animated Telefilm Series’, which was a well-known film series on Cartoon Network, and I was the chosen voice of Krishna for all its 5 films. These films won 2 very prestigious awards, namely – Ficci Frames Award for Animation and Digicon Japanese Award.
The producers of Krishna Animated Film Series were so impressed with its success that they wanted to take me on board as the voice of Bheem in Chhota Bheem. To tell you a secret, when the show was about to start, I had actually auditioned for ‘Raju’s character but was later told that I will be the voice of Chhota Bheem because they found my voice heroic.
In a few episodes of its airing, we realized Chhota Bheem is going to do wonders. Back then, I didn’t know how to read Hindi. I was under 9 years old, so most of the time my innocent impromptu dialogues made Bheem sound natural, and that was exactly what worked for the show.
My journey had its share of ups and downs as I had to learn how to prioritize and choose between studying and dubbing.
As a child, I didn’t know if I wanted to pursue dubbing as my career, but eventually, it grew onto me, and I kept doing what I had to. I developed an interest in theatre as well, and have managed to assist some well-known Bollywood directors.
As of now, I’m dubbing for various Netflix projects like Orange Is The New Black, You, Black Mirror, Tales Of The City, Jinn, The King, Holiday In The Wild, etc. & am also working on my own production house. My childhood has played a very important role in shaping my personality and where I am today, and I’m extremely grateful for that.