It is strange but true that Hindi Cinema (Bollywood) & South Indian Cinema (Tollywood), in spite of being a part & parcel of one nation India, are poles apart from each other.
This difference between the two film industry, namely the Hindi Cinema & the South Indian Cinema is not only in terms of language, but also the people working in both the industry like the producers, the directors, the artistes, the music composers, the singers et al, are always troubled & tensed up because of this wide gap between the two ever flourishing film industry.
Besides the South Indian films, which are run on the big celluloid silver screen or even on the idiot box’s small screen of the Hindi belt, are always in its dubbed versions. And more or less it is the same case with the Hindi films which are run in the Southern belt.
And that’s the main reason why such films fail to leave any impact on the audiences of other language segment, the way do in their original language versions. And maybe the biggest reason for not leaving an impact on the audiences is because the two language films are never made or produced simultaneously. One or more additional versions are just dubbed.
But now the age old widest gap, between the two, namely the Hindi film industry (Bollywood) & the South Indian film industry (Tollywood), is all set to be over once & for all. Yes! Now whoever hears this good news will be shocked & surprised all rolled into one. It so happens that Manoj Sharma, Bollywood’s youthful & full of energetic beans, nowadays is trying his level best to create a friendly & creative bridge between the two film industry namely Bollywood & Tollywood. And lending him a friendly helping hand in making this bridge stronger as well as impactful, is none other than Praveen Bhardwaj – the internationally acclaimed & Bollywood’s most popular music composer & singer. The duo of director Manoj Sharma & music composer & singer Praveen Bhardwaj have willingly taken up this job of creating a path to connect the two industry namely Bollywood & Tollywood.
Manoj Sharma, in this particular regard, averred, “You see after toiling for years together, we have come up with a project in which not only the two industry will be able to connect with each other but both the industry’s producers, directors, artistes, music composer, singers et al will be able to work with each other to give off their best. And of course they will get this golden opportunity because of our newly launched bilingual film ‘Raju Bajrangi’ (Hindi & Tamil) which will be made & produced, mind you not dubbed, simultaneously.”
Manoj Sharma continued further by stating that, “Perhaps ‘Raju Bajrangi’ will prove to be the first ever film that is being made & produced, mind you not dubbed, by the producers of the two film industry simultaneously. The artistes from both the industry are also working in ‘Raju Bajrangi’.”
On the other hand Praveen Bhardwaj, the man with the ever smiling countenance, enlightened further that, “And to sustain the musical impact of the film which may have effected the film due to a change in languages, I have made the same singer to croon the title song of ‘Raju Bajrangi’ in both the Hindi & the Tamil version. This is one of the unusual experiment ever tried before in the musical history.”
The point to be noted here is that just recently Praveen Bhardwaj’s debut musical album both as a music composer & singer titled “Desires – Mohabbat Mein Kya Milega” has been acclaimed & ranked as #1 on a global level. One sincerely hopes & pray that after his experimental musical step in ‘Raju Bajrangi’, he gets the same acclaim & musical popularity in South Indian films just as Allah Rakha Rahman has got in Bollywood films.
As a parting shot and as per director Manoj Sharma their production house is equally important than the South Indian producer’s production houses. And in their own production house they will keep on making scores of good films, through which hundreds of people will get a golden chance to connect & work with both the Hindi film industry (Bollywood) as well as the South Indian film industry (Tollywood).