Telugu producers urge theatres not to give preference to dubbed films

Wednesday 16th November 2022 05:24 EST

Film producers in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have urged exhibitors to prefer Telugu films over dubbed releases during festivals like Dussehra and Sankranti. In a release shared by the Telugu Film Producers Council, the body has said that only “Telugu straight films” should be given preference by theatres during festivals. The Pongal-Sankranti weekend in 2023 sees two big Tamil films ‘Varisu’ and ‘Thunivu’ releases, worrying fans about their fate.

A press release shared by the Telugu Film Producers Council read, “Keeping in view the increased cost of production of Telugu films, the welfare of producers and to save the Telugu film industry, the Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce has in its meeting passed a resolution that ‘Only Telugu straight Films should be given preference during the festivals of Sankaranthi and Dassera’.”

The release refers to a decision taken by the body in 2019 and re-emphasises it quoting a statement from film producer Dil Raju. “In this connection, Sri Dil Raju has categorically informed through media in the year 2019 stating that how can we give theatres to dubbed Telugu movies during the festivals and therefore the first preference shall be given to straight Telugu movies for screening in theatres and the remaining will be given to dubbed Telugu movies during festivals,” the release further reads.

The statement concludes with a request from the body to film exhibitors in the Telugu states. “Therefore, the Telugu Film Producers Council requests the exhibitors to invariably implement this decision: ‘Only Telugu straight Films should be given preference during the festivals and the remaining period may be given to dubbed Telugu movies’.”

The Sankranti-Pongal weekend in January is the first big festival in the state now. The crowded weekend sees three Telugu releases in ‘Agent' starring Akhil Akkineni, Veera Narsimha Reddy starring Nandamuri Balakrishna, and 'Waltair Veerayya’ starring Chiranjeevi. However, the two movies that are most likely to be affected by this approach are the two Tamil films featuring superstars and hoping to get some share of the Telugu market. These are Vijay’s 'Varisu' and Ajith Kumar’s 'Thunivu'.

Prabhas-starrer ‘Adipurush’, a Hindi film, has postponed its release to June and, hence, most likely, escaped the potential musical chair contest for screens on the weekend. The exhibitors have, so far, not responded to the producers’ request so it remains to be seen how this development continues.

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