| And rarely,
as a one-off thing the big stars also starred in Hindi
movies; either in guest roles or in multi starrers.Not
to mention, even as they refused to descend from their
hero’s throne in the regional language movies, they
starred in character roles in Hindi movies (for instance,
Mohanlal in Company and Aag).
This attitude, however, seems to be waning with the
Gen Next actors earnestly showing more interest in gaining
a national presence. Suriya leads the list with the
Ramgopal Varma directed biopic Raktha Charitra, in which
he plays Maddelacheruvu Suri. Although he doesn’t
play the lead role, Suriya’s role is said to have
a huge chunk of the movie’s share. Whether Raktha
Charitra will revive RGV’s flagging career and
catapult Suriya’s regional status to national
status remains to be seen. Suriya is also attending
Hindi classes to perfect those aspirates.
Although Suriya’s Bollywood aspirations could
well be termed as just a regular thing - maybe he liked
the director and the script - there is every reason
to prove this is more than just that. Following Raktha
Charitra, his 7am Arivu, directed by Murugadoss, will
be made in Hindi as well. Just so to cement his presence
in Hindi and to cash in on the media space he has earned.
This will be much easier since Murugadoss is also a
known name in Bollywood after the release of Gajini.
Apart from Suriya, Vikram who aroused curiosity among
the Hindi speaking audiences with a string of dubbing
movies starting with the Shankar directed Anniyan (Aparichith
in Hindi) has already debuted in the language with Mani’s
Raavan. Now all his Tamil movies will be dubbed in Hindi
to cash in on whatever publicity he made as a handsome
police offer, married to Ash in Raavan.
The only other actor in the list, Madhavan, is already
a national star. Siddharth, who debuted in Shankar’s
Boyz went ahead to do Telugu and Hindi movies and it
looks like he’s already disowned Tamil movies.
On the other hand, Big B is making his Malayalam appearance
in the Major Ravi directorial called Khandahar. Amitabh
plays the role of an Airforce officer Lokanaadhan Sharma,
hence in all probability he will stick to Hindi in the
movie. Interestingly, Neil Nitin Mukesh also plays an
important role in Kandahar.
Transcending artistic barriers is not unheard of, much
less so in today’s globalized world. This not
only creates better avenues and reach for the actors,
but also provides nationwide recognition for talents.
So while wishing Suriya all the best, I also hope all
our promising talents do not confine themselves blaming
the language barrier and take challenging opportunities
in other languages, head on.
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