December 10, 2001

The Vietnamese dub

I was in Nha Trang, a sea side town in Central Vietnam. Students play soccer by the beach.

Beach soccer in Nha Trang

I was waiting late one night for the train. There are many streetside restaurants near the station. People had huddled around and watching a bollywood movie. On Vietnamese TV, they use the same voice talent to do the dub for all the actors. It is not so much a dub, it is like a voiceover that narrates the story. You can still hear the original Hindi soundtrack. As the translation always trailed behind the actual dialogues, I would laugh at a joke. The rest of the audience end up laughing a few seconds after me.


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