Interview: It was a lot of fun to voice Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man – Rajesh Khattar

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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Apart from acting on screen, actor Rajesh Khattar is also an expert in voice acting (dubbing). He has given voice to stars like Ham Hanks, Robert Downey Jr. in famous Hollywood films like 'Terminator', 'Lord of the Rings', 'Pirates of the Caribbean', 'Iron Man', 'Da Vinci Code'. Now, he is in the news for voicing the villain Raktdev in the 'Bahubali' animation series 'Bahubali: Crown of Blood'. On his love for voice acting, Rajesh Khattar says, 'Voice acting is quite challenging, because you have to give your perspective to the characters that actors have played before, which have a fixed scope, which I like a lot. Whether the character is 30 years old or 60 years old, I like to change his voice accordingly and bring it alive in my language. When asked about his favourite dubbing role, Rajesh says, 'It was a lot of fun to voice Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man, as he is a very interesting, colourful character. However, his dialogues are very long. There are many scenes of him having long conversations with robots, so it was quite challenging. It took a lot of time but it was also a lot of fun.

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Voice in 'Baahubali: Crown of Blood'

On the other hand, about the challenges of voicing Raktdev in 'Bahubali: Crown of Blood', he says, 'The world is different in animation. Like I have also given voice in Hollywood animation films like Shrek, Toy Story, but there you see the visuals on the screen. They are already dubbed in English, so there is a reference, but in original animation series like Crown of Blood, the voices are dubbed first. If animation is done on it, the responsibility increases because you create the character with your voice. However, here there are more opportunities to play.'

Ishaan's choice is a sign of a good actor

Rajesh Khattar's son Ishaan Khattar has made his own identity in Bollywood. However, he does very selective films. On Ishaan's career choice, Rajesh says, 'As a father, the happiest thing for me is that he is doing a great job. Choosing different kinds of work, different kinds of characters, which is the mark of a good actor. I am very happy with the way he is progressing. According to me, he hit a six on the very first ball, his first film Beyond the Clouds is my favorite. I knew that he would do a good job but he did three-four scenes of the film so well that even I was surprised. Apart from this, I also liked The Suitable Boy, his commercial film Khaali Peeli. Rest, this is just the beginning. There is a lot of work ahead, for which I am excited.'

What advice would you give to Ishaan Khatter?

Being a father and senior actor, what advice does he give to Ishaan? On this he said, 'Actually, whether my child is five years old or older, I do not believe in giving advice to anyone. I just share my experiences and there is a learning in it. I believe that children of today are very intelligent. They have more brains than us because they are of the new generation, so they can learn by sharing our experiences. Anyway, if you tell children to do this, don't do that, will the children of today listen? If you tell an eight-year-old child that you will not do this, then he will definitely do that thing. (Laughs)

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