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Indianexpress.com got to discuss the Sandman Hindi version with Kubbra Sait and Adarsh Gourav. The two discussed whether they were aware of the story before they joined the cast, how voice-acting is different from screen acting, and so on.
Audible’s audio adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, spearheaded by British producer-writer Dirk Maggs, has captured the imagination of people across the world, while introducing the iconic 1990s’ comic storyline to the newer generations.
It helped that it featured in its cast names like James McAvoy as Morpheus, Kat Dennings as Death, Michael Sheen as Lucifer, Taron Egerton as John Constantine, Samantha Morton as Urania Blackwell, Riz Ahmed as the Corinthian, Andy Serkis as Matthew the Raven, Bebe Neuwirth as the Siamese Cat, while Gaiman himself served as the narrator.
A series from DC Comics’ now-dead imprint Vertigo, Sandman tells the story of the titular character, also called Dream or Morpheus, who is one of the Endless. One of the seven metaphysical entities, Endless (others are Destiny, Death, Destruction, Desire, Despair, Delirium, and Destruction) have been in existence since the dawn of time.
The Hindi version of the Audible adaptation debuted earlier this month and is similar to the original. Its cast includes Tabu (narrator), Vijay Varma (Morpheus), Kubbra Sait (Death), and Adarsh Gourav (John Constantine).
Indianexpress.com got to discuss the audio production with Kubbra and Adarsh. The two discussed whether they were aware of the story before they joined the cast, how voice-acting is different from screen acting, and so on.
How familiar were you guys with Sandman before you were approached for this?
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Kubbra: I grew up reading Tinkle comics. So Sandman was really new for me. And when I realised that I was a part of this is when I actually started doing my research and started understanding what is this universe that I’ve been a part of. So in that sense for me it was more than exciting, because I didn’t realise how massive this show is, and what it means to be a DC character. And I was like, ‘What? Nobody told me in advance that it’s this big!’ That was my reaction to it. I’m currently starstruck by the fact that I’ve been a part of such an incredible, elaborate universe.
Adarsh: I also had no idea about the Sandman universe. I’d heard about the character being a DC fan. But I didn’t read comics at all when I was a kid. So when I was recording [for Sandman], I had no idea who the other actors were and what they were voicing. I only knew that they’d asked me to read for John Constantine, who is an amazing character. So I just jumped at that opportunity. And then, once I opened my Instagram, I saw that I was tagged by Tabu on Instagram. I was like, ‘Wait, what the hell?’ And that’s when I realised what I’m a part of.