India is a country that has 22 national languages and over a hundred unofficial ones. And it is home to a multi-billion dollar movie industry. It doesn’t just include Hindi movies but all other 21 languages the country has. So voicing over one movie into multiple languages is quite a natural scene here.
The first concept of the voiceover was introduced by AV Meiyappa Chettiar, in the 1940s. During this time, he dubbed (Voiceover) the Kannada film Harichandra and the Hindi-Marathi film Ram Rajya in Tamil. It brought a great demand amongst the public to see different movies in their regional languages.
Eventually, the voice-over industry saw a boom in their business, and there has been no looking back. It created a new genre of employment in the entertainment industry. These days every Hindi movie is dubbed at least in 4 languages. And every South Indian movie is dubbed in all the South Indian languages i.e, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada.
It wasn’t the same scene 2 decades ago. The director would want their artist to perform onscreen and dub their voice post-production. However, with the evolution of technology, things have changed. Many actors are acting in languages they are natural with. So, it is creating a need for the artists to come into the picture.
If you wish to become a dubbing/voice-over artist, you need to have the following skills,
- A decent Knowledge of Voice levels and modulation.
- Must be familiar with multiple languages as it creates more opportunities.
- Ability to act the voice out.
- Good memory & creativity.
- Good at lipsync.
These skills are enough to get you started in any entertainment industry in India. However, if you wish to get trained professionally, here are some that might help.
- RK Films and Media Academy, Delhi.
- JoinFilm Academy, Mumbai.
- FTIH Film School, Hyderabad.
- Chennai Film School, Chennai.
- NHQ Studios and Academy, Ernakulam.
- Decibel Studios, Bengaluru.
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Voiceover/dubbing sure is one of the challenging roles in the entertainment industry. One needs to set their pitch and tone as per the character and voice out the emotions right. It does take some time to create a niche in here. But once you have set your foot strong, it is nothing but a joyous ride.