Mumbai, Jan 17: Even before his career took off he did a voiceover in director Mrinal Sen`s `Bhuvan Shome` - a 1969 award-winning movie about the life of an uncompromising Bengali bureaucrat and his `gradual change`.
Once again, Amitabh Bachchan will be doing the voiceover as the narrator in Ashutosh Gowariker`s magnum opus `Jodha-Akbar`, an epic tale of love and the golden period of Mughal history featuring the life of Jalaluddin Akbar and his Hindu queen Jodha.
Asked if he`s doing it because of Aishwarya Rai`s presence, the Big B demurs, `No, that`s not the reason. I had also done the voiceover for Ashutosh Gowariker`s `Lagaan`. In `Jodha-Akbar` I`ll be serving as the narrator.`
Gowariker, who had to be present at the movie`s lavish music release Jan 9 in spite of a bad back, says the Big B was the only choice for the narrator`s role.
`It had to be someone who could convey both the gravity and historicity of the era,` said the director.
Is Amitabh being brought in because the film`s editing needs explanation?
`No, not at all,` laughed Gowariker. `It isn`t because of the editing at all. It`s just that the historical details need to be punctuated. And who better equipped for the task than Amitabh Bachchan?`
Other films where Big B did the voiceover and narration include `Bawarchi`, `Balika Badhu`, `Shatranj Ke Khilari`, `Tere Mere Sapne`, `Parineeta` and `Swami`.