Telugu film director S S Rajamouli, who holds an enviable track record as all his films so far have been runaway hits and huge grossers at the box office, feels that creating bi-lingual films now makes sense.
All the 12 films he has made since he debuted in 2001, were either dubbed or remade into other languages like Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Akshay Kumar's recent Bollywood film Rowdy Rathore
is based on Rajamouli's Vikramarkudu
, which was released in 2006.
The director's latest flick Eega
(house fly), with a fly being the main protagonist, is currently a rage in Andhra
Pradesh and will soon be dubbed into Hindi as Makkhi
"At present, it makes sense to make bi-linguals to have a better market. 'Eega' proved it. We made it both in Telugu and Tamil and we got a very good Tamil market as well. So, if I get universal themes, it makes more sense to make bi-lingual films," Rajamouli told PTI when asked whether he would be focussing only on making Telugu films.
) an idea by my father, which we have been discussing when he was a story writer and I was his assistant back in 1990s. Then, it was just a story idea, forget about making a film. Later on, when I became a director and I was making some big budget films, I was also interested in making some small films," he said.
"That's the time when we got this idea. Because I was not too adept at love stories or comical films which are like 'the' special films. So, I thought of making an experimental film. We brought up this idea again and working on it since then," he added.
, the story of a young man, who takes revenge after being born as a fly, will be made in Hindi. The movie has copious special visual effects done by Hyderabad-based special effects company 'Makuta', which was founded by Pete Draper, Adel Adili and RC Kamalakannan.
The idea of making the dubbed Hindi version in 3D is also being considered. According to producer D Suresh Babu, Eega
will be released in Hindi by the end of August or early September if it is not made in 3D format.
Beginning with Student No.1
in 2001, which stars junior NTR in the lead role, Rajamouli has delivered several blockbusters including Magadheera
with Chiranjeevi's son Ram
Charan as the hero.
The director states that there is no secret to his success except working with total commitment as no one can say for sure which film will be a hit.
"There is no secret or anything as such. No one can be sure of success. If I am sure a particular film will succeed, I will become a billionaire. I just need to buy the successful film and invest on it. No one knows which film succeeds. All that we can do is put our 100 per cent into the film, from the time we get up to the time we sleep. We can try for success but the result is not in our hands," he said.
When asked if he planned to make a foray into Bollywood like other southern directors such as Ram Gopal Varma and Mani Ratnam, Rajamouli said he had no such immediate plans. About his future projects, he said a film with young Telugu hero Prabhas is in the pipeline.
The duo's 2005 film Chatrapati
was a big success.