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Weekly collections of “Gharshana” (old)!

                “Gharshana” is one of the dubbed movies which made a huge impact at the box-office. The phenomenal success of this film and few others pushed the prices for dubbing rights to new levels till “Iddharu”  crashed at the box-office. The below scan shows the weekly collections of this Karthik-Prabhu starrer at Devi 70mm, Hyderabad. Interestingly, young audience of the day connected to Karthik’s character though  Prabhu has many powerful scenes in the movie.




Records that impressed me a lot -II

Sivaji Ganeshan’s Bangaaru Pathakam’s town record in Rajamundry

I was just floored when i saw this for the first time. A Tamil movie creating a town record in 70s……well, there were many dubbed movies that did amazingly well in Telugu. But I think no other dubbed movie would have created a town record like this before. “Geetha Arts” won a jackpot by dubbing this movie into Telugu.

K.Raghavendra Rao improved this subject and made “Kondaveeti Simham” five years later. The director also used the theme of the song “Neeyum Naanumaa“*- protogonist standing before the paintings from Indian Mythologies– from  Chaveliers’  towering hit “Gowravam” in his equally rivetting movie ” AgniParvatham“.

But the ace director can find some solace from the fact that his “Justice Chowdhary” was re-made in Tamil as”Neethipathi” with the Tamil film Icon.



Kamal Hassan’s “Vichitra Sodarulu”!

             “Vichitra Soodarulu” is one of the dubbed movies which made a great impact at the box-office. Kamal Hassan acting as a dwarf was the highlight of the movie and his make-up for the role was one of the best kept secrets of Indian cinema-I don’t think they revealed it yet but i could be wrong. “Raaja Cheyyiveesthee..”, “Bujji Pelli Kodukki”, “Ninnu Thalachi”, ” Veedee Veedi Aaasalaki” and “ Aaadeedhee Neenu Raa” (my favourite) were all chartbusters.

K.Raghavendra Rao casted Janaka Raj and R.S.Sivaji in his “Jagadeekaveerudu Athilooka Sundari” and used the comedy track  (“Nuvvu Ekkadikoo Vellipooyaavu rasa…Maalookam”, “Saar….Meeru Super Saar”!) in it. Nagesh, Jai Shankar , Naasar and Delhi Ganesh played the negative roles.

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Aaabaavanan’s “Sindhoorapuvvu”!

                       Ramki and Niroosha in the super-hit dubbed film “Sindhoorapuvvu“(“Senthoora Puvve“). Vijayakanth acted as an Army vet who protects the young lovers from Vijayalalitha and her goons.


“Vasantha Kokila”

“Vasantha Kokila” is the dubbed version of K.Balachander’s “Moondraam Pirai”. The movie was made in Hindi as “Sadma”.


Bhagyalakshmi Enterprises’ “Hatya”!


“Server Sundaram” completes 50 years!

I was in for a surprise when i watched this movie at Kanaka Mahal several years ago as it turned out to be a love story rather than a comedy film. Veteran actor Nagesh is one of the finest dancers of his generation and that is reinforced in the song “Pooga Pooga Theriyum” (don’t know the lines in Telugu).


Dubbed movies which made an impact at the box-office: M.G.R.s “Veerakadgam”(1958)!

M.G.R.’s hit film “Pudhumai Pithan” was dubbed into Telugu as “Veerakadgam”. Ramanna, who has the distinction of directing the only film in which M.G.R. and Sivaji acted together (“Koondukili”), directed this film and his sister T.R.Rajakumari played the female lead along with B.Saroja Devi.


Gemini’s Apoorva Sahoodarulu (1950)!

             Brothers’ getting separated at birth and re-uniting towards the end of the movie to kill the villains was one of the successful doctrines of Indian cinema. But the iconic Gemini Movies’ took the concept further and made “Apoorva Sagodharagal” (1949) by adopting Alexander Duma‘s novel on identical twins The Corscian Brothers. The film, apparently, was such a big huge hit at the Tamil Box-office that the makers retained the cast-M.K.Radha and P.Bhanumati-for the Telugu version “Apoorva Sahoodarulu”.  13 Years later, Vittalaacharya re-made this film as “Aggi Pidugu” (1964) with N.T.R. in the lead and it was then dubbed into Tamil as “Veeraadhi Veeran”. M.G.R., then played the roles of identical twins in” Neerum Neruppum” (1971), which was a moderate success at the box-office.


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