Disney’s one of the most loved animation films The Lion King never disappoints its worldwide fans, be it for its storyline, graphics or voice-over star cast. While the Hollywood version of The Lion King had an all-star voice-over cast including Donald Grover as Simba, Beyonce Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and others, it’s Hindi version’s star cast isn’t going to be any less. Shah Rukh Khan, Shreyash Talpade, Ashish Vidyarthi – The Lion King’s Hindi version voice-over cast includes so big names. However, the thing that stirred the excitement among the audience the most was Shah Rukh and his son Aryan’s voice lending to Mufasa and Simba respectively.
Recent news emerged that Shah Rukh Khan had to dub twice for the character of Mufasa because Aryan sounded exactly similar to his father.
“We were listening to one of the scenes and all the experts in the dubbing theatre said I sounded like him (Aryan). They told me I’d have to dub the scene again because we sounded too much like each other, which I never thought was the case,” SRK said.
“It was a sweet thing for a father to know, it was extremely special and heart-warming,” he added.
The dubbing experience was, indeed, a special experience for the father-son duo.
“For me, the experience of dubbing with Aryan is very personal. I got time to spend with him professionally. I am a professional actor and I have to do this, but my family has never really been associated with the work I do,” said Shah Rukh Khan.
“So, it’s very heartening. When we did ‘The Incredibles’, Aryan was around nine years old. It was very sweet to hear his voice then, and (it is sweet to hear) even now. The time spent with him in my line of work is special. For me, it’s a bonding time with Aryan,” he added.
The Lion King would be releasing on the 19th of July in four different languages – English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu.