Tamil dubbed films have almost completely taken over the Telugu film market, with the dubbed films making huge revenues at the expense of Telugu films. A section of producers of Tollywood have made a representation to the state government, with the proposal of implementing restrictions on the release of dubbed films in the state.
Andhra Pradesh has patronized Tamil films in a big way for long. Most Tamil films release their dubbed version in Telugu on same dates as their release dates in Tamil Nadu. Rajnikanth’s movies especially, have had a huge response from the state of Andhra Pradesh. For example, Rajini’s ‘Enthiran: The Robot’ alone grossed Rs.45 crores in Andhra Pradesh.
The distributors are obviously having a good time. The Telugu distributors have supposedly grossed Rs.35 crores in the past two months itself by releasing Tamil films. The distributors and theatre owners are therefore preference to dubbed or direct release of Tamil films as their revenue is much more than original Telugu films. This obviously is irking the Telugu producers and film actors.
T Prasanna Kumar Reddy of the TFPC feel that dubbed films are affecting the Telugu film industry. Not only does a large part of the revenue generated at the box office go straight out of the state, but also the industry takes a beating. Continuing this way, the Telugu film industry may become dormant before long, as there will be no work for film employees here.
The TFPC has requested the state government to raise the tax levied on Tamil films, from 20% to 50%. The council has requested the state government to regulate the Tamil films releasing in the state.