In order to protect and support Kannada cinema, the release of Kannada dubbed films was banned in Karnataka. Though the move did not change the fortunes of the Kannada film industry, the movement that started in the 1960s resulted in restricted release of other language films especially other South Indian language films. Not just Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam even Hindi and Hollywood films were not dubbed and released in Kannada.
But all that changed last Friday (August 31) with the release of Commando. The Kannada dubbed version of the Tamil film Vivegam which stars Ajith Kumar in the lead role, became the first Tamil film in 40 years to be dubbed and released in Kannada. It opened in several theatres across the State. What started off as just a couple of shows per screen, has been reportedly increased to three to four shows, thanks to the positive word of mouth around the film.
Directed by Siva, the film also stars Kajal Aggarwal, Akshara Haasan and Vivek Oberoi. The release of Commando is expected to open doors for more dubbed films in the future.