Sanjay Gupta Discusses Amitabh Bachchan’s Sync-Sound Issues in ‘Kaante’: A Film-Maker’s Account

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Perfecting the Sound: Amitabh Bachchan Adapts to Sync-Sound in ‘Kaante’

Amitabh Bachchan, an illustrious figure in the film world, faced an unfamiliar task in the 2002 action thriller ‘Kaante.’ Sanjay Gupta, the director, was using sync-sound recording, a technique new to Bachchan. The distinctive quality of the actor’s voice just didn’t fit.

Sync-Sound: An Unchartered Territory for Amitabh Bachchan

The procedure of sync-sound necessitates that actors speak naturally instead of the customary process of dubbing. Ironically, the approach devised to ensure authenticity was undermined by the audibly dominant voice of Amitabh Bachchan. His voice was significantly overpowering, contrasting harshly with the softer spoken cast, a discovery made during rehearsals by Gupta and his fellow actor, Sanjay Dutt. This mismatch posed a challenge that needed meticulous handling.

Mitigating the Sonority: A Joint Endeavor

Recognizing the importance of uniformity, Amitabh Bachchan was persuaded by Gupta to fine-tune the delivery of his lines. Despite some initial reluctance, Bachchan agreed to adjust. The legendary actor’s readiness to adapt his distinctive baritone for the benefit of the film clearly demonstrates the spirit of cooperation in film making, where the collective vision takes precedence over individual styles.

‘Kaante’: From A Small Endeavour to a Big Hit

Gupta revealed interesting backstory about the film ‘Kaante’. Originally, it was intended to be a modest film featuring fresh faces. However, Sanjay Dutt encouraged him to scale up his venture. As a result, the cast was bolstered with big names like Amitabh Bachchan, Dutt himself, Sunil Shetty, and Lucky Ali. This modification in strategy proved advantageous as ‘Kaante’ turned out to be a blockbuster, minting a humongous Rs. 164 crores post its release on the 20th of December, 2002, under PNC Films, according to Reader Wall sources.


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