Definition of playback singer in English:

playback singer

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  • (Especially in Indian cinema) a singer who records songs to be mimed in films by actors.
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    • While the onscreen star may be cast according to principles like those of Soviet or Hollywood cinema, the playback singer, cast as only a voice, and equal to or greater in stardom than the onscreen actor, challenges the primacy of the face.
    • His discussion of elements of dialogue and music attends carefully to nuances of the relations between sound and image, and culturally specific Bombay Cinema conventions such as the playback singer.
    • Having being gifted with a golden voice, he had even donned the role of a playback singer in many films.

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