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Tamil stars shine bright as local talent dries up

K.V.S. Madhav

Telugu filmmakers make a beeline to Chennai for dubbing rights

HYDERABAD: It is Tamil sunrise on the Telugu marquee. The Telugu silver screen is full of Tamil stars these days, shining bright like the sun, while its own home grown czars and star makers are licking their wounds from successive flops. Even worse, the younger lot of stars and star sons have perished too.

Short of aspiration and inspiration too, for which they are famous for, some Telugu filmmakers are making a mad scramble to Chennai to grab whatever comes by - dubbing rights and dates of stars and directors. Meanwhile, the terrible times continue in Tollywood as Telugu filmmakers keep churning out a series of mediocre movies and downright duds.

Toast of the season

It is young Tamil actor Surya who is certainly the toast of the season with the runaway hit Ghazini. His latest film Aaru with Trisha being released in Tamil Nadu on December 9 was bought for a fancy price by the Gemini Film Circuit and is slated for a simultaneous release.

Just like the spate of Vikram's Tamil films that were dubbed into Telugu after Aparichitudu, industry buzz is that there is huge demand for Surya's films, be it his previous venture Mayavi or that dark tale Nanda and some more. Surya's runaway hit Kakha Kakha was remade into Telugu with Venkatesh.

Buoyed by the newfound popularity and reach in Andhra Pradesh, Vikram is acting in a Telugu, Tamil bi-lingual titled Bheema directed by Tamil director Linguswamy apart from a straight Telugu film by Gunasekhar!

In the pipeline

Some more - Puthupet, ABCD, Sandakozhi, Vallavan and Kanda Naal Muthal - are also said to be in demand.

A.M. Rathnam, who delivered the Deepavali blockbuster in Tamil Sivakasi with Vijay and Asin is remaking it in Telugu with NTR Junior. Supergood Films' R.B. Chowdary is remaking his Tamil hit film Sundara Purushan in Telugu with comedian Sunil as hero! It isn't the films alone. The demand for Tamil directors too has grown. Chiranjeevi's next venture is being directed by Murugadoss of Ghazini fame and Pawan Kalyan's Bangaram has another Tamil director Dharani handling the megaphone.

Venkatesh is also doing a film with Selvaraghavan of Kadhal Kondein and 7G Rainbow Colony fame. And this is just the tip of the Tamil iceberg in Telugu film land.

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