superstar Rajinikanth's 3-D animation film Kochadaiyaan is all set to become the first film in any language in the past 50 years to be dubbed into Kannada and released in Karnataka.
Kannada Film Chamber had decided way back in 1965 not to allow dubbing of other language movies into Kannada so as to protect the Kannada film industry. The ban was in force for more than 50 years and the ban covered even Hollywood films. Now that the ban was lifted recently, Rajini's animation venture Kochadaiyaan is all set to released in Karnataka in its dubbed Kannada version.
Made using the motion-capture technology, Kocahadaiyaan was released in its Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi, Marathi, Bhojpuri and Hindi versions in 2014. Rajinikanth, Jackie Shroff, Deepika Padukone, Sarathkumar and Aadhi had starred in the film which had music by A.R. Rahman and was directed by Rajini's younger daughter Soundarya. K.S. Ravikumar had penned the story, screenplay and dialogues of the film.
Though Kochadaiyaan wasn't a rousing success in other languages except Tamil, it now remains to be seen how it performs in Karnataka. Krishna Gowda, president of Dubbing Film Chamber of Karnataka, said that Kochadaiyaan would be the first film to be dubbed into Kannada in the past fifty years. “The dubbing work would start soon and we plan to release the film next month,” he said.