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Telugu and Tamil films have always had an illustrious connection. Let us rewind back to 1978 for a couple of minutes! The blockbuster Maro Charithra, starring Kamal Hassan and Saritha was released in Tamil Nadu in Telugu and it celebrated 200 days in several centers! Despite being a Telugu film it drew the audience of every language, given the fact that it starred our own Ulaganayagan and was directed by the gem K Balachander. None of the other Telugu films released in Tamil Nadu tasted success like Maro Charithra did!

The ever changing trend in film industry then had another brain child to nurture- remakes. Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi and Kannada films were remade
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 all sorts!

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.

Tags : Maaveeran, Vambu, Magadheera, Mahesh Babu, Arundathi, Anushka
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