Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Satham Podadhey

And I am the voice of Padma Priya in the movie. Though I have known Vasanth sir for a long while this is the first time I am working for his movie. And it so happened that it had to be for dubbing.
The technical crew at the studio, I have already worked with before, for Unnale Unnale. And working there is always super fun. The sessions are rip roaring funny and in between I emote for the actress. Also one of the things is that during a voice test, we keep modulating my voice, change it here, fine tune it there to adapt to the particular heroine. And the problem, is to remember that 'voice' until the end of the dubbing sessions. Vasanth sir had to keep telling me not to pester him and 'be serious'. The dubbing studio, especially this particular one brings out the nuttier side in me. Probably because of the comfort level I share with the engineers there and they are some of the best minds. The soundscape artistes at this studio have won about 7-8 national awards over the years. And the point is I could be wrong in the numbers. For all I know it could be more than 10.
There was one particular portion in the movie where I had to sound as if my voice was being heard through a drain pipe. And they actually brought out a huge PVC pipe that is stocked in the studio for such purposes. And I had to speak through it. Like the say the magic is in the detail. One actually realizes the efforts that go in making a movie while dubbing.
Vasanth sir is a wonderful teacher and sometimes I was scared of him. One particular scene was very intense and the first time I saw it before dubbing I broke down sobbing. I could not handle it. And when it came to dubbing that scene, I did it along with Nithin Sathya (he also acted in chennai 600028) and as he dubbed I had to react and scream. I was and am still afraid of Nithin, for some weird reason. So half the screams came out because he was right next to me shouting and Vasanth sir knew how to bring out the terror as well. Needless to say I broke down while the scene was being dubbed, but this time I spoke some words out as well, which clinched it. This is one of the most memorable dubbing episodes in my life and will always be.
And I am yet to watch the movie in the big screen. Once I do, I guess I ll remember some more.
Reminds me to take pictures next time.

29 comments:

Kumar said...

Have u sung for IR?

Chinmayi said...

yes for a telugu movie and accompanies him on his tour in Italy. in 2004

Ananthu said...

Why do cine-oriented folks have to refer to people as 'Sir' or 'Madam'?
If the point is to give respect, why not 'Mr.Vasanth' or 'Mrs.Chitra' instead of Vasanth Sir.
It looks a little silly.
This seems to be the case only with Kollywood and Tollywood I guess. Any particular reasons?

Chinmayi said...

hmm thats the norm.. this is not the corporate world.. at least not yet.. why not Mr/Ms? Blame it on the fiery lines in tamil cinema where they MISTER so-and-so.. they have used mister only when spitting fire..

SHEETAL AMBAR said...

Appave Nenanechean Man !!

Hahah.. I was telling my friends when I was watching that I think that Chinmayyi is the Voice over.. Hahah.. My ears didnt fail me..

The movie was above average.. But the performance by entire cast was amazing.. And I have to say this again.. Ur voice and the expressions in ur voice can be felt very well.. Hahah.. One scene in particular was when Padmapriya was being beaten up by Nithin Satya for the first time.. And I also liked the way you said ,
'Ramana Ramana' ! hahaha.. It was really cute..!!

Anonymous said...

True. Forget the Tamil movies, take Chennai, not all corporates prefer being called as Mr or Ms.

There are a number of higher ranking officials who interpret Mr/Ms as 'being rude'.

Provided you are an average citizen, anybody has the guts to call a police inspector as Mr/Ms so & so? :D

Anonymous said...

Interesting details. Always assumeed that dubbing artists had the easier role to eassay in the whole process.

Digress: Watched the interview with Harris Jeyaraj. Nice try in keeping the conversation in Tamil, on both sides. I guess it was a 60% success. I think my favourite question was the one where you asked him to remember the few months before his first break.

-kajan

Ananth said...

Hey Chinmayi, which telugu movie did u sing in,for IR?

Also, the art and technique of dubbing have always intrigued me...so here's your first reminder for a pic from the studio......

Ashwin said...

Seems you had a good experience working the movie!! Congrats and good luck for your future opportunities too...

Anonymous said...

What I like about you chinmayi, you are not stick with singing, working on the different fields, small or big assignment, and even social works. Aahaa Kappi Club is great show, lots of laughter(Especially 2nd hour), and I like your kanir enkira voice…. Pokira pookkap paarththaal very soon your will be legend like A. R. Rahman Sir. Keep it up and good luck with your upcoming assignments.

Chinmayi said...

anonymous; the questions are not totally mine.. i added a couple in the flow.. and the one you mention is yes my thought. thanks!
ashwin: thanks
ananth: 4 years ago.. duet with Tippu and I.. the name of the movie slips me!
anonymous:thanks!
anonymous whose comment didnt get published here: probably. but there is some magic in their voice that cant be replicated.. every region has a certain timbre of voice.. when there is poetic license, there can also be musical license :) wotsay?

Vasanthan said...

why not slip in your camera to your hand bag. then u will remember to take pictures.

Suresh Kumar said...

Chinamyi - you mentioned that you have sung a song for IR in telugu but you have sung for him in Tamil too, it is one of the beautiful melodies of IR in recent past... 'Engu Piranthathu' from 'Vishwa Thulasi', i am suprised that you forgot such a beautiful song you have sung.... Tippu has sung the male part...

Chinmayi said...

suresh: since you asked for a song I told you that :) engu pirandhadhu was more part of the background score :) not that i forgot.. its in my audio blog :)

Suresh Kumar said...

chinmayi - btw, the 'kumar' how asked for the song is not me... and i mentioned this song because it is one of my favourites... still i go back to 'Vishwa thulasi' songs and the song was there in the audio cassette too...

Curious said...

Hey sooper movie...and good dubbing pa! No flaws whatsoever!

Pushkala said...

Hi Chinmayi!
Had been a regular reader of your blog for quite some time now.

Watched 'Satham Podadhey' in INOX. Good movie. Good story line. Left the theatre with a heavy heart. Reason : I hate domestic violence.

How ever these comments are to let you know that you have done a good job and your voice is HEARD well throughout the movie. Especially 'Ramana! Ramana!' :-)

Wishing you good luck in expanding your horizons in different fields.

Suresh Kumar said...

I don't know whether you saw Suhasini's Pesum Padam in Jaya TV, yesterday she took 'Satham Podathey' for review and she mentioned your name and appreciated your dubbing...

SwathiRavichandran said...

nice one,... keep it up!

bharathi said...

i met nithin this year after months of chattin via yahoo.. and its his eyes.. they seriously can scare u senselessly! so i definatley know how u felt esp the scenes where he 'tortures' ur character!!

Arvind said...

Didn't really recognize your voice until I read this blog. Good work.. I am going to watch the movie again tonight - this time will focus on pri voice.

Amazing contribution by you - first half of the movie was super and towards the end, konjam sothapitanga :) But romba naal apprum, oru nalla tamil padam !!

Meanwhile, Pri voice is also good. I watched her speaking Tamil in Vijay TV with Anu in coffee program

Anonymous said...

chimayi - as a singer ...as a VJ...as a DJ....now as a Dubbing artist ...you have done a excellent job...when compare to your first movie unnale unnale its very different.....you have work hard in this movie...continue your career as a dubbing artist ...best wishes....

Chinmayi said...

anonymous: my first movie was sillunu oru kadhal :)

Vasanth said...

wowwwww.....sutham podathey.... for padma priya.... awesome....

what are the other un known faces ??? this is too much surprise to take...

Balasubramanian said...

Hai!!
Did you notice the movie name is Satham Podathey and i beleive the whole movie other than the actors every others would have screamed.

I think this is the strengh of our film makers.

Excellent title.

Surprised to hear that you have voiced Padma Priya.

I have met our CHINNA KUYIL and have told her that i would like to see her hand writing.

But we are lucky with you because, we have heard a lot, you speaking and watching you, here writing.

You are really lucky and we because of you.

The way you write the articles is natural and it simply attracts the readers.

You are a nice person and a good singer.

As well, we all seen your Vijay TV Airtel prog and the mistakes you have done, it was really funny and my mother loved it and you a lot.

Keep going the same way all through your life.

All the Best!!!!!

Musically Yours
Balu

vidhya said...

I wounder how this lady who was teased by Usha ji for her fast talk did such a different voice in this movie. Hats off to u Chinmay...

Sudhakar said...

Wow !hard effort in dubbing.

Ananth said...

Hey......am I seeing it wrong or have some of your latest blogs disappeared?

Sudhakar said...

Hey i came to see ur programme which u host "Padum office".That was really good.Interestingly i do not know u until yesterday.Today u have become a known face in my family.