Bryan Cranston is a popular name in Hollywood due to his incredible performance as Walter White in the Breaking Bad series. Apart from that, he’s also known as the goofy dad of the series Malcolm in the middle, but did you know he gave the floor for an animated version of Ramayana?
On his 65th birthday, let’s talk about his work in the 1992 animated film Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama. The film was an Indo-Japanese production made for the 40th anniversary of Indo-Japanese diplomatic relations. It was directed by Japanese filmmaker Yugo Sako and had two actors for its Hindi and English version.
Apparently the original English version had Nikhil Kapoor voicing Lord Ram, Raell Padamsee as Sita, Uday Mathan as Ravana, and Noel Godin as Hanuman. Rahul Bose and Cyrus Broacha were also part of the cast for Bharata and Angad respectively.
The Hindi version also brought back Arun Govil from the popular Ramanand Sagar series in 1987 to portray Lord Ram, Namrata Sawhney as Sita, while the deep baritone voice of the late Amrish Puri for Ravana. Veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha was also strung for the voice of a narrator for the film.
It was not until 2001 that the directors of the animated film Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama decided to have a different cast to release it in the United States of America. At that time, Bryan Cranston was strung for voice for Lord Rama along with other actors. Interestingly, James Earl Jones, known for playing Darth Vader in Star Wars, was brought in to bring in the narrator’s voice in the film.
The movie even came out with a different title instead of the original. He came out with the title The Prince of Light: The Legend of Ramayana. Watch the trailer below:
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