Anyone who has been a fan of ‘The Lion King’ has loved Timon and Pumbaa as much as Simba and Mufasa. In its Hindi version, the film has comic-timing-perfectionist Shreyas Talpade playing the role of the lovable Timon. Giving it a total desi twist, Shreyas used the Mumbaiya lingo to add his special zing to the character.
“The Lion King is a timeless classic and it’s an honour for me to be a part of it. For my character, we worked on the Mumbai slang through relatable terms that are funny and yet non-offensive. It is a family entertainer and we wanted to maintain that in every dialogue. ” says Shreyas Talpade.
The timeless classic is also known for its iconic song Hakuna Matata which is sung by all the characters in the film. “The icing on the cake was getting to sing the iconic song Hakuna Matata”, says Talpade
Sources close to him have revealed that he worked very hard on the voice modulation in order to get the tone and emotion across perfectly. Being a perfectionist, Shreyas was fairly nervous about getting it right but the character of Timon made the job easier. Although this is his first-ever dubbing experience, if the trailer is anything to go by, we can be rest assured Shreyas has nailed it.