Big B to copyright his voice!
You're not an aspiring actor unless you've tried your hand at an Amitabh Bachchan imitation. From radio to ads to comedy shows, good/bad/downright criminal copies of his voice and mannerisms are everywhere, and he's not alone. Many actors and celebrities are spoofed or have their voices copied pretty much everyday -- in fact, so often that we barely notice any more. But recently, Big B took deep umbrage at a gutka company copying his voice for their advertisement, especially "for someone who does not smoke or propagate smoking or any kind of intoxicant, by keeping away from endorsing such products, it is most disgusting to find someone conflagrating the law of the land and the law of ethics," he wrote online. He's also said that he's going to copyright his voice so that it's not copied in this manner anymore. Kis kis ki copy? He's probably the most imitated star, but there are a bunch of others whom we've heard being spoofed endlessly over the years -- in both commercial and non-commercial spoofs (see box). These remain the favourites when it comes to copies. Says mimic and TV comedian Suresh Menon, "People like Sanjeev Kumar, Shotgun, Dadamuni, Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan remain the most copied stars, and it just shows that our present day actors are not as iconic or as stylish as these older ones. We're still drawing from these legendary stars; these days, there's nobody really worth imitating or with a distinctive style, except maybe Shah Rukh Khan. Actors are very ...
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