to Tamil with prominent Tamil cast and several of
them had a good run at the box office. Over the
years, a number of memorable remakes have graced
the screens and they still do. The latest would
be STR’s Vaanam which is releasing this weekend.
It is a remake of the Telugu film Vedam which starred
Allu Arjun and won critical and commercial acclaim.
But now there is the latest fad that has caught
the Tamil industry’s fancy- dubbing! In the
past, though several films were dubbed in Tamil
and released it has truly become a trend now. We
can trace it back to Anushka’s Arundathi which
made big bucks in the box office. Some attributed
the success to the supernatural genre of the film
while some said it was Anushka’s magic. Be
it anything, the others were definitely not ready
to be left behind.
The Telugu prince Mahesh Babu’s movies have
seen a lot of takers for his films are remade and
dubbed. His popular film Sainikudu starring Trisha
along with him was dubbed into Tamil as Kumaran.
Talking about heroines, they have a big advantage
of drawing the audience into the theatre and hence
several Telugu flicks having heroines who are popular
in Tamil too (Trisha, Tamannah etc.) are being dubbed.
The latest to join this list of ‘Telugu to
Tamil’ movies would be heart throb Ram Charan
Tej’s blockbuster Magadheera which is to be
released in Tamil Nadu as Maaveeran. Maaveeran has
set the bar high for dubbed films now, for it had
an extremely grand audio launch which had the strong
presence of stars Kamal Hassan and Mani Ratnam.
And what more, Ram Charan Tej, director SS Rajamouli
and producer Allu Arjun captured the Tamilians’
heart by speaking in Tamil during the function.
Looks like Maaveeran might become a benchmark of
Other upcoming dubbed ventures are Mahesh Babu’s
Khaleja, titled Bhadra in Tamil and Nagarjuna’s
Ragada which has been titled Vambu. Both these flicks
have Anushka playing the heroine with Vambu having
another eye candy Priya Mani.
Dubbed movies are hailed by many in the film industry
because it costs much lesser than remakes and it
also gives a foothold to Telugu heroes in Tamil.
For instance Ram Charan Tej is looking to make his
debut in Tamil by the year end and Maaveeran will
give us a glimpse of his talent. There is another
popular Telugu newcomer Rana Daggubati who also
announced that he would do a Tamil project with
Selvaraghavan soon. Looks like there is going to
be no dearth of good heroes and our Tamil stars
are in for some competition.
Concluding, it is clear that the dubbing trend is
here to stay and make the T connection stronger
and hopefully, healthier. A money saver for the
makers, we hope the dubbed ventures do justice to
the money spent by moviegoers.