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Who will voice Brave’s desi Princess?

Kangana Ranaut, Preity Zinta are top contenders to dub for Merida in the Hindi version of the animated film.

bollywood Updated: Jun 04, 2012 14:30 IST
Prashant Singh

Even before the June 22 worldwide release of Hollywood’s latest 3D animated fantasy, Brave, producers Disney/ Pixar are in talks about its Hindi dubbed version. So who will be responsible for Princess Merida spewing lines in flawless Hindi?

Right now, it seems like Kangana Ranaut or Preity Zinta might be doing the honours. “Yes, there are plans to go ahead with the Hindi version, but the final call is yet to be taken. And since the Princess’ character details and looks (she sports a curly hairstyle) resemble that of Preity and Kangana’s, both of them are being considered for the voice-over,” says an insider.

When contacted, the makers weren’t willing to divulge details. “We will be considering talent for the voice-over only if we decide to dub the film and, as of now, there are no such plans,” says Shikha Kapur, executive director (marketing, studios) Disney UTV.

“It looks like Preity is the main contender, but right now, no one is talking about it since the makers are yet to take a final decision on the Hindi version. A lot will actually depend on how Brave (the English version) is received by Indian audiences,” says a trade insider.

In the original version, Scottish actor Kelly Macdonald has given the voice for Princess Merida. For the uninitiated, Brave is about a skilled archer named Merida who defies an age-old custom, causing chaos in her kingdom.

The film’s voice cast features Kelly, Julie Walters, Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson, among others. The film is scheduled to have its world premiere on June 18 at the Los Angeles Film Festival.