You saw Aamir Khan in this video but did you hear him? Of course you did… or maybe
you didn’t! What about Deepika Padukone in Om Shanti Om, Katrina Kaif in Humko
Deewana Kar Gaye, John Abraham & Bipasha Basu in Jism?? We saw them sizzle on
screen but there were hidden performers who made a huge contribution that, in a sense,
went unseen. Ironically, their victory stands in exactly that – being unnoticed. All these
actors’ dialogues had been dubbed by some exceptionally gifted people who specialize in
just this. Mimicry runs the risk of becoming mockery but we’re talking serious business
A major part of an actor’s performance comes from his dialogue delivery. Many of us
know that creating the audio track is a completely different process altogether. You hear
their voices everyday, on radio, in television commercials and even in movies and serials.
You just don’t know they exist. Here’s getting up close and personal with the voice of
Aamir Khan… umm or would you like Farhan Akhtar or Shahid Kapoor or Fardeen Khan
or better still Hrithik Roshan! Take your pick! He’s one of those hidden talents you’ve
heard a million times before. Now you’ll know it’s him!
Listen to these Ringtones!
Meet Dr. Sumedh Shindey, the voice of Aamir in the commercial! He fondly recalls his
orchestra days as a young boy. “I would perform off and on in my uncle’s orchestra
way back when I was in school.” Among the many artists who pulled off some fun acts
was the little Sumedh who back then would mimic only ‘Aamir Khan’. “I perfected my
Aamir-act only after Dil Chahta Hai in 2001. The first time I lent my voice professionally
was for Hrithik Roshan in the promos of Kkrish!” And then of course, there was no
Apart from the several unrevealed performances, Sumedh gives all due credit to Indian
Idol which he considers the turning point of his career. You’ve probably seen his super
act where he charmed judges Anu Malik, Alka Yagnik & Javed Akhtar, but the story
began much before that.
“Well it was the normal middle class mindset. In simple words, Kuch bhi karo bas
TV par aana hai, industry mein ghusna hai.” he began candidly. “I had a good 2
years’ experience of being rejected in the Indian Idol auditions. By the 3rd year I knew
exactly what was coming my way. There were more than 5000 contestants and I knew
that this time I had to leave a mark. I had to be seen and noticed.” Determination at
it’s best, Sumedh got through all the preliminary rounds and finally landed himself
in front of the judges. That’s what you see in the popular clip doing the rounds on
YouTube. He remembers blissfully how the judges loved his performance. Indian
Idol rejected him once again but the industry had welcomed him with open arms.
See Sumedh's audition at Indian Idol
“I was just returning home after the audition when I get a call on my cell phone. It was
Jaaved Saab himself. He invited me over to his place and asked me if I could perform
for his family and friends. He said he wanted to introduce me to Farhan Akhtar and there
the circle was complete. Dil Chahta hai is my most favorite film and in retrospect, that’s
where it all began for me.” Needless to say that was one of the most memorable evenings
for Sumedh. But this was just the beginning. His excitement was inexhaustible when
he came face to face with the one and only Aamir Khan. Unfortunately it didn’t last too
long he said. “We met at a recording studio. But then it was all very thanda… or maybe
just not as thrilling I had expected. I kept telling Aamir how much I admired him. But
he simply flashed his charming smile and spoke almost in monosyllables. I was a tad
bit disappointed but people later told me ‘that’s just the way he is’.” Sumedh concluded
A while later however, Aamir Khan himself recommended Sumedh to do a small Voice
over in the film 3 Idiots. “There was a small line to be corrected in the scene between
Aamir Khan and Boman Irani, when they’re all sitting for the group photograph. I have
done that.” he said proudly. Rumor had it that, perfectionist Aamir Khan had summoned
a few other artists too for the same so he could choose the best. Before I could complete
my line, “But mine was used as the final take. I know that for sure because I received my
payment for it.” and he broke into an evil laughter.
Nevertheless his journey in the industry had begun. A roller coaster ride awaited him
ahead. But Dr. Sumedh Shindey had other commitments too. For those who did not
notice the title, Dr. Sumedh Shindey is a qualified dentist who runs his own clinic in
suburban Mumbai. That brings me to the most obvious question – How do you manage
both? Pat came the response, “Dentistry is my profession and the Industry is my passion.
Both are equally dear to me. I absolutely love juggling between the two.” And just for the
sake of argument, what if the Industry (as he puts it) keeps you too busy for your clinic?
*Time for my evil laugh* “Why would I shut down my clinic? My wife will take care
of it!” He’s got the answers all ready. A note to his to-be wife (yes he is NOT married)
- Looks like you’ll have to take over soon coz this Marathi mulga has way to go in his
Quoting one of Dr. Shindey’s Facebook posts as a parting note, “Industry mein tikna
hai toh PyaaR nahin PR badhao.” Seems like a lesson well learnt and a counsel well