Sonal Kaushal was all of six years old when she became a voice artist with All India Radio, Delhi. She anchored several shows as well, and by the time she was a teenager she was offered to dub for the popular Japanese Manga-series Doraemon as the title character itself! She has been the voice of Doraemon for 12 years now. Not only that, Kaushal has dubbed for Blossom in the new rendition of Cartoon Network’s Powerpuff Girls. At once she is Chota Bheem and the voice of Arya Stark in Game Of Thrones. I ask her if she finds difficult to relate to animated characters now that she is an adult. She replies in the affirmative, saying the process has only got better.
Kaushal has done her graduation in BCom from Delhi University and she graduated in 2012, coming second in her college. The next year she moved to Mumbai to pursue a full-time career as a voice artist. She works between 10-12 hours a day, moving from one recording studio to another, sometimes not even getting a Sunday off. In 2015, she went to an ENT specialist who said that she had stretched her vocal chords so much that she needed to strictly rest her voice for at least 10 days. When she tried explaining to him that she had already committed her time to studios, he warned that she might have to get a surgery otherwise.
Kaushal, who has also done television commercials and jingles in 11 languages says, “I have kids calling me from all over the country wanting to speak to Doraemon. There is nothing more satisfying than realising that what you do brings happiness to the lives of so many children.” Sonal Kaushal wants to pursue acting someday but right now she enjoys having a job that she loves doing.
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