Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan has reportedly been approached by Google for voice navigation on Google Maps. Once rejected by All India Radio, Bachchan is popular for his rich baritone voice. He has been a storyteller in several films and even lent his voice for the Penguin Oscar-winning documentary March back in 2005. Google has been offered an “exorbitant amount” of money to bring Bachchan on board. However, there is no word on the development by the actor himself.
According to the Mid-Day report, Bachchan is in talks with Google to give his voice to Google Maps. The 77-year-old actor is said to have once accepted an offer to record his voice from home.
Google declined to comment on the report.
In 2018, Google partnered with film production house Yash Raj Films (YRF) to include Bollywood actor Aamir Khan’s character Firangi from the film Thugs of Hindostan in Google Maps. It was Bollywood’s first major deal by the search giant for a mapping service.
Experience to localize
the experience on their products to attract people to Google India, the local has a long history. From two-wheeler mode to Indian language support, Google Maps has been one of the major offerings of the Mountain View, California-based company that has added new features for Indian users. Google Maps also helped connect people to public food and night shelters in the country, even during the initial coronavirus lockdown phase.
At the end of last month, Google Maps increased support for local businesses and made it easier for Android users to share their location using six-digit Plus codes. Google has started showing the latest updates and health advice from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and international health authorities on its health and services including Google Search, Google Maps and YouTube.