Birthday Special: Amitabh Bachchan's baritone voice was his passport to Bollywood
October 1, 2013 06:58:30 PM IST By Mansoor Khan, Glamsham Editorial
When Amitabh Bachchan made his entry into Bollywood, more than his towering height, it was his impressive voice that first charmed all. In fact, it was the sole strength of his very voice that first helped him secure his maiden assignment in Mrinal Sen's, Hindi movie BHUVAN SHOME, while he was struggling in Mumbai to fetch acting assignments in 1969.
Later it was filmmaker, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, who hired him to lend his golden baritone as a background commentator in his Movie BAWARCHI. The result was so overwhelming that even filmmaker as critical as Satyajit Ray couldn't resist using Mr. Bachchan's vocal chord in his historical classic movie SHATRANJ KE KHILARI. Since then Amitabh's voice has been the most sought after and is considered a prestige to any project but what may stun readers is that though Bachchan's voice has been his biggest asset yet he was rejected by All India Radio (AIR) in the audition test for the job of a broadcaster during his struggling days!
What's more even the West has employed his baritone. Eminent French director Luc Jacquet employed Amitabh Bachchan's voice as a narrator in his documentary, MARCH OF THE PENGUINS, which won Oscar Award for Best Documentary in 2005.