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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Dubbu Ledhu

Not so long ago, we had Karnataka banning the screening of non-Kannada language films as it was felt that Kannada movies could not bear the onslaught of other language movies. Something similar is happening in AP right now. Movies dubbed from Tamil are doing good business in AP and this trend has not gone down well with the Tollywood fraternity.

The years 2005 and 2006 became milestones for dubbed films with `Chandramukhi', `Aparichithudu', `Ghazni', `Premisthe', `Manmadha' and `Pandhem Kodi' becoming bumper hits, grossing more than Telugu films. In fact, many of the established producers too took to dubbed films paying fancy prices and chasing Tamil filmmakers while the films were still in the production stage.

The big chase now is for Rajanikanth's `Sivaji' in the direction of Shankar and the grapevine is abuzz about the dubbing price put at a staggering Rs. 10 crores! Ditto with Kamal Hassan's latest Tamil hit `Vettayaadu Veliyaadu' reportedly commanding a premium. (Source: The Hindu)

In response to the drop in revenue for original Telugu movies, the Producers’ Council has decided to ban the screening of all movies which are dubbed from other languages. Theatre owners will be the ones to lose their revenue as a result of the proposed ban. Let’s hope better sense prevails.


  • Welcome back Kaps... Hope you had enjoyed your break...

    I read a news today in Sify, that Pogaru (dubbed version of 'Thimiru') has also become a super hit over there.... What else will they do other than stopping these dubbing? As you said, theatre owners / distributors are going to be the losers..

    By Blogger Ram.C, at 2:42 AM  

  • Welcome back Kaps

    By Blogger visithra, at 11:59 AM  

  • what crap. without exposure to the outside world creativity will suffocate itself.
    also then the ban becomes reciprocatory.... ur langauage movie will not be allowed to be shown outside the state.
    many of the mainstream hit movies are direct dubbing of their native versions... like Roja, Bombay, Rehna hai tere dil meigh etc.

    By Blogger pegasus, at 1:02 PM  

  • Dabbu and not Dubbu :P

    This is one crap disease that passed on from neighbouring Karanataka (apart from Chikungunya ofcourse) to AP. Banning non-regional movies.

    But i don't think this ban will run for more than 100 days, coz unlike Kannada industry, tollywood has super stars and it rolls out big hits like Stalin, Pokiri at frequent intervals.

    This is a no-issue AFAI see it.
    Telugu audience have a huge appetite for movies and they go ahead see any gud movie 1000 times if they like it. Not that telugu movies are out of trend with the people out there. (FYI) ;)

    By Blogger Vamsi, at 2:48 PM  

  • This might be a blessing in disguise for all Tamilians in AP. No theatre screens thamizh movies since they are all dubbed and released in Telugu. If this dubbing is curbed, maybe thamizh movies will release in thamizh.

    By Blogger janani, at 6:50 PM  

  • Hi ..First time at ur blogspace!

    I am just wondering the state of telugu cinema if the dubbed ones frm tamil are doing well.I mean the state of tamil cinema has never been so bad with no quality movies coming up.Except for VV, pattiyal and now Varalaru no film has done even close to good!!

    By Blogger Vinod R Iyer, at 9:29 PM  

  • Good to have you back.

    This is like an open invite to piracy. They do all bullshit stuff like banning other language movies, censoring et al (as though we are six year olds) and then ask to go for original movie CDs/DVDs. How dumb can they ever get!

    By Anonymous Govar, at 1:29 AM  

  • Good to see you back Kaps....
    you're back with a bag load of information :)

    By Blogger KK, at 5:40 AM  

  • It is more to do with paucity of theaters than any thing else. esp small producers are unable to fight big producers who release 250 -400 prints and dubbing movies.
    Being a andhrite I used pride myself saying that "we watch all tamil, malayalam,kannada, hindi and english dubbed movies." I am sad those days are nearing end. One more worry is the fate of dubbing industry and people dependent on it. Hope the move would not go forward.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:15 PM  

  • Hi,

    Being an andharite but a tamilian, I was proud that AP was one of the few states that was truly secular and used to point at Karnataka and TN as examples of intolerance.

    I am sad this disease is spreading to AP also. If dubbed tamil movies are becoming a hit, then its the fault of the Telugu movie industry. If you release films with 10th class students falling in love, what do you expect?

    Pokiri was dubbed into tamil from telugu, so will there be mutual banning? I am so upset that I want to shoot those foolish #@&%^#! guys who thought of creating states on language basis.

    By Anonymous Sridhar, at 8:21 PM  

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