New Delhi: In just a couple of months from now two high profile historical dramas– which have been shot simultaneously in Tamil and Telugu– ‘Baahubali’ and ‘Rudramadevi’ will release in theatres.
Directed by SS Rajamouli and Gunasekhar respectively, these films are likely to go a long way reigniting southern cinema’s tryst with bilinguals while sending movie buffs into a state of frenzy.
Here is a quick look at some Tamil-Telugu bilinguals which have entertained audiences over the years.
1. Gaganam/Payanam (Telugu/Tamil): Revolving around a plane hijacking, this action-thriller featured Nagarjuna as the leading man in both languages. Despite receiving some positive reviews, both versions underperformed at the box office.
In 2013, almost two years after its initial release, this Radha Mohan-directed movie was dubbed into Hindi under the title ‘Mere Hindustan Ki Kasam’.
2. Gouravam (Telugu/Tamil): Touted as a hard-hitting drama, Gouravam’ marked the big screen debut of Telugu actor Allu Arjun’s brother Sirish. He played the lead role in both versions. Dealing with the sensitive issue of honour killing, this Prakash Raj-produced movie’s Tamil version boasted of a realistic climax. On the other hand, its Telugu avatar featured a highly dramatic ending. Unfortunately, both versions failed at the box office.
3. Eega/Naan Ee ( Telugu/Tamil): Released in 2012, this SS Rajamouli-directed fantasy film is best remembered for Sudeep’s captivating performance. Both versions featured the same cast and fared pretty well at the ticket window. Interestingly, while ‘Naan Ee’ was screened at the 10th Chennai International Film Festival, ‘Eega’ floored audiences at the L’trange Film Festival.
4. Anaamika/Nee Enge En Anbe (Telugu/Tamil) It was in 2012 that the Sujoy Ghosh-directed ‘Kahaani’ received a thumbs up from critics and audiences alike, thanks to its gripping storyline.
Two years later, it was remade simultaneously in Telugu and Tamil with Nayanthara in the lead. Despite Nayanthara’s popularity among fans of southern cinema, both versions proved to be critical and commercial failures.
5. Kaali (Telugu/Tamil): The 1980 Telugu film ‘Kaali’ is perhaps best remembered for bringing together two of southern cinema’s biggest names – Chiranjeevi and Rajinikanth. Interestingly, it was simultaneously made in Tamil under the same title.
While the ‘Thalaiva’ starred in both versions, Chirajeevi’s role was essayed by Vijayakumar in Tamil. Interestingly, ‘Kaali’ proved to be a hit in Telugu but failed to create any impact in Tamil.
6. Eeenadu/ Unnaipol Oruvan (Telugu/Tamil): Shortly after the release of ‘A Wednesday’, it was remade in Telugu and Tamil at the same time. Kamal Haasan essayed Nasseerudin Shah’s role from the original in both versions On the other hand, Venkatesh and Mohanlal played Anupam Kher’s role in ‘Eeenadu’ and ‘Unnaipol Oruvan’ respectively. Both versions were runaway hits at the box office.
7. Dhoni (Telugu/Tamil): Directed by Prakash Raj, this captivating drama revolved around a young boy’s dream of becoming a cricketer. Both versions featured the same cast, which was headlined by Raj himself, and fared well at the box office.
8. Janda Pai Kapiraju/Nimirndhu Nil (Telugu/Tamil): Dealing with the challenges faced by a young revolutionary, this action-thriller had Nani and Jayam Ravi playing the lead role in the Telugu and Tamil versions respectively. Upon release, both versions struck a chord with the audience, garnering positive reviews along the way.
Interestingly, ‘Nimirndhu Nil’ was released last year while ‘Janda Pai Kapiraju’ arrived in theatres a few months ago.
9. Ye Maaya Chesave/ Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (Telugu/Tamil): Directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon, this 2010 release was shot simultaneously in Tamil and Telugu, with a completely different set of actors.
While Naga Chaitanya and Samantha Ruth starred in the Telugu version, Simbhu and Trisha romanced each other in the Tamil counterpart.
Interestingly, two years later, Menon remade it in Hindi with Prateik Babbar in the lead. Unlike the original versions, the remake fared poorly at the box office.