Will South Indian movies and stars soon take over Bollywood

In recent times, the craze for South Indian movies has gone beyond the bounds of the sky. There was a time when southern films were confined to southern states and then dubbed into Hindi to be shown on small screens.

However, things have changed now! Big budget films are released simultaneously in multiple languages ​​including Hindi. Movie lovers in the northern region widely appreciate the films for their captivating storyline, actions, visual effects, actors, etc.

Considering such scenarios, industry gossip has gained momentum and South Indian movies and actors will soon take over Bollywood. Here we bring strong and relevant evidence that certainly supports the gossip.

Telugu-origin film Pushpa: The Rise, starring Tollywood icon Allu Arjun, won the prestigious “Movie of the Year” award at the 2022 Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival on February 20. With Pushpa, the Telugu actor has captured the eyes of film lovers across the world, including several celebrities. It is believed that like Prabhas, Ram Charan, Siddharth and Naga Chaitanya in the current generation, Allu Arjun will soon make his Bollywood debut.

In the past, Indian cinema has seen several southern actors foray into B-city in hopes of entertaining audiences on a bigger canvas. While some have succeeded, others have not. Actors like Rajinikanth, Kamal Hassan, Chiranjeevi and Nagarjuna were among others who left their mark in Bollywood. And now, young generation actors are trying their luck to reach a wider audience through official Hindi dubbed movies which are finally making their way to a wider audience.

In recent years, southern actors like Prabhas and Yash have created their fandom across the world. While the Baahubali series still gives the creeps to many, the eagerness of moviegoers for KGF: Chapter 2 has exceeded the limits of the sky. Darling Prabhas’ Baahubali became India‘s biggest box office hit and the only non-English film to be played at the Royal Albert Hall. Meanwhile, Yash’s starring KGF Chapter 2, directed by Prashanth Neel, is the most anticipated film of the year. The teaser itself on YouTube has broken several world records till date and the journey is on.

On the other hand, although Mega Power Star (Ram) failed to impress northern audiences in 2013 with “Zanjeer”, which was a remake of Millennium Star Amitabh Bachchan’s 1973 classic, he is gearing up for a return to success with the magnum-opus RRR, helmed by southern ace manager and Baahubali helmsman SS Rajamouli. Ram is expected to ‘Roar’ with more enthusiasm this time and create a lasting impression.

There are several other actors from southern industries who have also left their mark in Bollywood.

What captivates audiences are larger-than-life stories, character portrayals, action sequences, high-end visual effects, and more.

Meanwhile, in these few years, moviegoers have found that Bollywood movies have lost pre-90s originality. B-city creators and lead actors now prefer to remake southern blockbusters.

Whether it’s Tere Naam, Wanted, Ready, Bodyguard and Kick by Salman Khan or Billu by Shah Rukh Khan and Irrfan Khan or Ghajini by Aamir Khan or Bhul Bhullaiya by Akshay Kumar, Rowdy Rathore, Housefull 2, Mr. & Mrs. Khiladi, or Singham by Ajay Devgn and Son Of Sardar, the list is quite long. Even Amitabh Bachchan’s Sooryavansham is a remake of Suryavamsam.

Although these are official remakes of South Indian films made by the Bollywood actors, questions are raised as to the authenticity of the plot. Do Bollywood creators not find original screenwriters like the duo Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar or Gulzar?

Be it Bollywood or any other film industry, there are several talented writers across India with creative thoughts who can write original scripts. However, some makers do not prefer to give newcomers a chance. Doing a remake seems to be the safest side for makers. Even there are several other southern movies that need to be redone in Hindi.

Previously, media and technical constraints prevented moviegoers from accessing films in other languages. Thanks to technical advancements and modern improvisations, northerners can watch movies with Hindi subtitles or dubbed versions.

If this continues for longer, moviegoers will prefer to watch southern films and southern filmmakers will release their pan-Indian films in different languages. The success of original films like Baahubali, KGF: Chapter 1 and Pushpa: The Rise have proven this. And the anticipation of RRR, KGF: Chapter 2 and Pushpa: The Rule and Liger makes the point clear.

The pandemic era has hit the entertainment industry in the country hard. However, southern manufacturers steal the show. Under such circumstances, it can be said that soon the southern industry and actors will take control of Bollywood, rendering Hindi actors ‘unemployed’. Once the craze for current A-list Bollywood actors starts to wane, the talented, dynamic and hard-working actors from the south will start to lead Bollywood.

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