Superstar Abhishek Bachchan along with many known actors, such as Madhuri Dixit, Kareena Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, and Jackie Shroff are roped in by Netflix for the Hindi-language voice dub of its upcoming film, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle.
Junior Bachchan will voice the black panther Bagheera, Kareena Kapoor as the python Kaa, Anil Kapoor as the bear Baloo, Dixit as the wolf Nisha, and Shroff as the tiger Sher Khan.
Happy with his association as a dubbing artist, Abhishek Bachchan dropped the first look poster on his social media profile. He wrote, “So happy to be a part of a story I have loved all my life. He is ready to do whatever it takes to keep Mowgli alive. Wait for Bagheera in Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle on @Netflixindia Dec 7”
Directed by motion-capture expert Andy Serkis, the English-language version of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book adaptation features the voice talents of Christian Bale as Bagheera, Cate Blanchett as Kaa, Serkis himself as Baloo, Naomie Harris as Nisha, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan.
Young actor Rohan Chand (Lone Survivor) plays Mowgli, while Matthew Rhys and Frieda Pinto have live-action roles as well.
Now, Netflix is coming up with its own version called ‘Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle’, which is darker and spectacular than any other version we’ve seen.
The reason studios opt for stars for the Hindi voice dubs of their Jungle Book adaptations is because of the story’s popularity in India. A Japanese anime series that was dubbed in Hindi and broadcast by Doordarshan in the 1990s is a big reason for such extravaganza.