Chennai, May 2(tamilnaducentral): Meet the man who gave the voice to Prabhas in the Tamil dubbed version of Baahubali 2. He is an actor – dubbing artiste who is based in Chennai. He is Rudrapathi Sekar, son of Rudrapathi. His father had worked with the legendary A P Nagarajan.
Popularly known as APN, the writer- actor-producer and director created several landmark films in Tamil – Sampoorna Ramayanam, Karnan, Thiruvilaiyadal, Saraswathi Sabatham, Thillana Mohanambal and Raja Raja Chozhan to name a few. Rudrapathi was a stage actor and worked with APN in the latter’s drama company -Pazhani Kadiravan Nadaga Sabha. APN passed away in 1977. In memory of APN, Rudrapathi started his own theater company APN Arts. Sekar had worked as child actor in the drama troupe of his father. He had won best child actor award thrice. Manohar and Jai Ganesh were actors in the drama troupe.
Sekar had lent his voice to Vineeth in `Kadhal Desam,’ to Abbas and Vikram (early days) and also to Shaam in `Ullam Ketkumae’ . Recalling his early days, Sekar says, “ For any newcomer, I would be called to give the voice “ he revealed. His stint with Telugu filmdom started with lending voice to Tamil Magadheera for Ram Charan and moved on to Mahesh Babu and to Nagarjuna in Payanam. He was mostly called to give voice to Telugu heroes in Tamil dubbing. “For Baahubali 1, I was called to give voice for Shiv character but Rajesh got selected. Four months later, I was called again. For the war sequence, I was called to give voice to dialogue `Ennodu maranam’ (my death). Rajamouli liked it and fixed me for father character of Prabhas. I was fixed only two weeks before release, he said.
I was called once again to dub after watching the teaser. Rajamouli said that he found the voice to be too dominant. He wanted to be a little low. He sat with me throughout. He even put a flight ticket to Hyderabad to just correct the voice modulation of Magizh Mathi. That is Rajamouli. It was the entry scene for Anushka. He wanted it to be underplayed. Rajamouli said that Baahubali is a powerful warrior and that he need not shout and can say in normal tones, he revealed.
Talking about the Baahubali team, Sekar says that it is a woman dominated team, be it in all departments. K N Vijayakumar looked after Tamil Team. Everybody from Prabhas, Anushka to Rana, all obeyed Rajamouli. They knew that whatever retakes were ordered by the director was for the benefit of the film. Such was the command that Rajamouli had. Later on, Madhan Karky joined and then he only changed the voice modulation for a frightened Prabhas scene, said Sekar.
Sekar has acted in many supporting roles in Tamil films. He has acted in `Yennai Arindhaal’ with Ajith as a police officer. “I have dubbed for Ajith in `Pavithra’ directed by K Subhash in which Nasser and Radhika were the main leads. I have dubbed for Hindi films including for SRK in Tamil,” informs Sekar. He is married and has two sons; eldest is five-year old and the youngest is aged three years.