30 November, 2020

24 Hours In Life Of Chetan Sashital: His Master's Voice And Daily Journey of Being A 'Kaansen'

Chetan Sashital is a voice artist in Mumbai. In a career spanning 30 years, he has dubbed for 30,000-plus characters, including Sachin Tendulkar, Big B and Donald Duck

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24 Hours In Life Of Chetan Sashital: His Master's Voice And Daily Journey of Being A 'Kaansen'

Chetan Sashital is a man of many...er...too many voices. In a career spanning more than 30 years, India’s best-known voice actor has dubbed for 30,000-plus characters. From Bollywood potboilers and Hollywood animation films to TV commercials and radio spots, he has lent his voice to a wide cast of characters, including Balasaheb Thackeray in a Marathi biopic, Sachin Tendulkar, Amitabh Bachchan, Donald Duck et al.

His skills aren’t limited to mimicry; his talent is modulation—like giving a voice to as many as 38 characters in a single animation film. He believes drawing voices from the real world is absolutely necessary. “It lends authenticity to your work,” says the production engineer who used to mimic crows, cats and his teachers in school.

In a demanding industry, he knows the need to keep pace with latest developments in voiceover. “You have to constantly update yourself…like the latest software, technology in your field,” he points out. “Whenever I have time during the day, I enrich myself with such...



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