The voice of an actor is an effective tool to enhance and sharpen the role in conveying emotion. We have quiet a few actors who cannot speak Telugu, so dubbing artists play a major role in giving life to their characters. There are actors who have become dubbing artists because of their sweet and commanding voices– here is a list of some popular Tollywood actors, who are very good at dubbing:
Sai Kumar is a famous dubbing artist turned actor and TV host. As we all know, Sai Kumar’s father P.J. Sarma was a noted story writer, dubbing artist and actor too. Sai Kumar is known for his stentorian voice and exceptional dialogue delivery and has dubbed for the leading actors Suman and Dr. Rajasekhar during the 1990s. He holds the credits for dubbing for two icons of Indian cinema, Rajinikanth for “Baasha” and Amitabh Bachchan for “Khuda Gawah”.
Saritha is a yesteryear actress of South Indian cinema. She has acted in more than 140 films in many languages like Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. She also featured in a few television serials. Later she settled as a dubbing artist and she has lent her voice for many actresses like Nagma, Tabu, Soundarya, Ramya Krishnan and Sushmitha Sen. Saritha has won many awards for her dubbing including 4 Nandi Awards.
S.P. Balasunbahmanyam is a multi-talented personality who works in Indian cinema. He broke the world record by singing 40, 000 songs in 5 different languages. Not only can he sing, he is an actor, dubbing artist, and producer. He was awarded 25 Nandi Awards for Best Male Playback Singer. Since 1983, S.P.B., has been dubbing for famous actors in the industry. He dubbed for all of Kamal Haasan movies in Telugu and has dubbed for all the 6 characters of Kamal Haasan’s super hit movie “Dasavathaaram.” Not just that, he lent his voice for many popular actors like ‘Superstar’ Rajinikanth, Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Raghuvaran and Nandamuri Balakrishna.
Roja Ramani is a popular yesteryear actress of the 1980’s and 1990’s. She is an eminent actress who works in Telugu film industry. Roja Ramani is the mother of hero Tarun Kumar. After acting, she turned a voice artist, and lent her voice for many leading actresses like Suhasini, Meena, Radhika Roja, Vijaya Shanthi Shilpa Shetty and Khushboo. Roja Ramani has won over 50 awards for dubbing including Nandi and Filmfare Awards as well.
Ravi Shankar, who is famous for his ‘Bommali’ dialogue from the movie “Arundathi,” is a popular dubbing artist who started his career as a child artist in the year 1979 with the movie “Gorintaku.” He started his dubbing career in1992 with “Antham.” Till now, he has dubbed for over 2600 films in the span of two decades in all South Indian languages.
Raasi is a yesteryear popular actress from the 1990’s. She just mesmerized the audience with her beautiful eyes and smile. We know that Raasi made a comeback in the industry with the recent release of “Kalyana Vaibhogame.” And before that, she made her presence in the film industry by lending her voice for actress Nadiya in the movie “Mirchi.”
Uttej is a popular Telugu actor, screenwriter, and an assistant director. He has done over 60 films in supporting roles. The talented actor has won the Nandi Award for his outstanding performance in “Chandamama.” Uttej, took a long break from the industry and recently appeared in “Drushyam.” Only a few know he dubbed the voice of Vennela Kishore in the movie “Vennela.”
Ramya Krishnan established her place in Tollywood film industry with her versatile acting. She has been paired opposite all the top heroes of the 1990s in all of South cinema. Apart from being a glamor heroine, her performance has received rave reviews for her role of a goddess in “Ammoru” and that of a jealous lover in Rajinikanth’s “Padayappa” which was later dubbed into Telugu as “Narasimha.” In her 30 year career, she had featured in more than 200 films. And it is known that she has also dubbed for Sonali Bendre’s character in the movie “Khadgam.”
Shivaji is a well known actor, producer and dubbing artist in Telugu cinema. Shivaji made his debut in the role of a student in Chiranjeevi’s “Master” and established himself as a noted actor and a hero as well. Most notable films of Shivaji include “Missamma,” “Priyamaina Neeku,” “Mantra,” “Jalsa,” “Kushi,” “Ayyare,” “Tulasi” and “Tata Birla Madhyalo Laila.” Shivaji has dubbed for actors like Nithin and Aryan Rajesh during their initial days and has won the Nandi Award as Best Male Dubbing Artist for Nithin’s movie “Dil.”
Charmy Kaur, at the very young age of just 15, made her movie debut in the role of a housewife with Telugu movie “Nee Thodu Kavali” in the year 2002. Bubbly actress Charmy acted in more than 50 movies in her career till now. Being a Punjabi by birth, she learned Telugu and dubbed her own voice and even dubbed for Kajal Agarwal for “Chandamama.”
Nithya Menen is an Indian actress and singer famous for her works in Telugu, Malayalam and Tamil cinema. She made her acting debut as a child in an Indian-English movie “The Monkey Who Knew It Too Much” (1998,) in which she played Tabu’s sister. In an era, where many actresses rely on dubbing artists for their voice, Nithya is a rare talent who can dub her voice in any language and can also sing.
Swathi is an Indian actress and TV presenter better known for her works in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam cinema. She has shot to fame with a TV program called “Colors” aired by MAA TV. The show was a super hit and garnered her a strong fan base and she picked up the moniker “Colors Swathi” henceforth. Her performance is widely appreciated in all languages. Apart from being an actress, Swathi worked as a dubbing artist and dubbed for Ileana in “Jalsa” and even sung a song in “100% Love.”