The New King in the World of Entertainment

How It Started

Almost a decade back, TV channels like Sony Max and Star Gold started broadcasting the South Indian movies. Manish Shah, the owner of Goldmine Telefilms, is one of the biggest names who made dubbing and releasing South movies in other languages popular, majorly Hindi. The rights of dubbed South movies were cheap and easy-to-buy for Hindi channels. These Hindi channels did not only broadcast the hit movies, but also a bulk of flop ones.

Although their no-brainer action sequences had attracted a big part of the audience, due to the same action sequences, these movies had become laughing stock for a lot of Bollywood fans. Still, they were so famous among their regional fans because of the same reason for which Sunny Deol is famous in Bollywood — if you know what I mean; they treat their onscreen protagonist as no less than a superhero. He can jump over two-or-three floors and defeat an army of 100s single-handedly. However, it’s not like every movie has such scenes. People who haven’t yet watch the quality of South movies and have only watched YouTube clips of spoof comedy actors, like Sampoornesh Babu (Telugu) either slitting villains’ throats from a banana or coming back to life from a burning pyre, can misjudge the class and talent of South actors easily.

Whatever were the reasons, but the broadcasting of dubbed South movies had become normal, and it was enough for the introduction of an industry to its customer.

Then, Bollywood began the race of remaking of South movies and took the aura of their industry to another level. Bollywood didn’t even hesitate to copy their no-brainer actions and other aspects such as camerawork, location, dialogs, even the songs. Big names like Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgan to Salman Khan were, and still are, part of this race. Bigger is the name, bigger is the number of remakes. Apart from Ghajini, Singham, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, Rowdy Ratore, Ready, Wanted, etc., there were many other movies of which viewers are still unaware that they had been adapted or copied from South. A few to be named are Tere Naam (Sethu [Tamil]), Ekk Deewana Tha (Vinnaithandi Varuvaya [Tamil]), Garam Masala (Boeing Boeing [Malayalam]), Biwi No. 1 (Sathi Leelavathi [Tamil]), Tadap (RX100 [Telugu]). A few highly anticipated upcoming remakes are Jersey (lead — Shahid Kapoor) and Vikram Vedha (leads — Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan), both are adapted from South Indian super hits of same name.

FYI! As per The Times of India, the first Pan-Indian movie was Mahishasura Mardini (1959), starring Dr. Rajkumar.

How It Is Going

Such remakes have given South films an opportunity to explore from regional to national level — Pan-India. The term Pan-India became famous from the movie Baahubali: The Beginning.

Another movie Pushpa also came out of nowhere and had become an enormous hit; even the filmmakers weren’t expecting such positive response from Hindi belt.

Baahubali: The Beginning has opened the doors to the North India for South Film Industry, and even the major production houses, mainly focused on Hindi entertainments, like Pen India Limited, Excel Entertainment, and Dharma Production are investing in the big-budget Pan-Indian movies like RRR and KGF and Baahubali franchises.

After successfully ruling the entire nation with Baahubali, S.S. Rajamouli proved his class again with RRR. He has his own way of representation of a story; he uses huge crowd following or chasing his protagonists. The Directors like him proves that if the story is good enough and the representation is correct, you don’t really need big faces to bring audience to the big screens.

The gossip memes on Pushpa and RRR weren’t even stopped on Twitter and Instagram that now KGF2 has created a ruckus on silver screens. It must have been the first time in history that cinema halls from small cities are showing three South Indian movies (RRR, KGF2, and Beast) along with one Hollywood entry — Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, which is really not performing up to the mark in India — , and there is no Hindi movie, except The Kashmir Files in few cities, currently on screen.

This is a dream run for the South Film Industry, and it won’t stop so soon. Movies like Liger, Adipurush, and Salaar are few of the highly anticipated movies that will be released by the end of 2022 or beginning of 2023.

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