Rajiev Dhingra’s quirkily colonial comedy Firangi starring Kapil Sharma just got bigger. On Sunday the mighty Bachchan baritone was used as the voiceover for the film, making it the second colonial drama after Lagaan to feature the Big B’s baritone.
Mr 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 Jodhaa Akbar, and Srijit Mukherjee’s Begum Jaan.
Confirming his vocal presence in Kapil Sharma’s film, Big B says, “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, and then several followed.”
Bachchan 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.”
Amitabh Bachchan 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.”