The producers of "Rudhramadevi" (also known as "Rudrama Devi" or "Rudramadevi") are following the footsteps of "Baahubali" director SS Rajamouli by dubbing the movie in Hindi and Malayalam and releasing all the four version on the same date.
SS Rajamouli's "Baahubali - the Beginning" has simultaneously been made in Telugu and Tamil. Later, it was dubbed in Hindi and Malayalam and released with the same in name along with its original version on the same date. Both the dubbed versions have received great response at the box office.
The Hindi version of "Baahubali - the Beginning" has done wonders at the Indian and international box office. It has become the first dubbed movie to join the club of Hindi movies that have raked in Rs 100 crore at the domestic box office. It has become the third highest grosser of the 2015 after "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" and "Tanu Weds Manu Returns".
Like "Baahubali", "Rudhramadevi" has also simultaneously been made in Telugu and Tamil. Filmmaker Gunasekhar, who has written, directed and produced the movie, had initially planned to release the film in two languages. But now, he changed his mind after seeing the overwhelming response for the Malayalam and Hindi dubbed versions of the SS Rajamouli directorial.
It has been reported that Gunasekhar has already kick-started the dubbing of "Rudhramadevi" in Hindi and Malayalam. There is huge demand for the theatrical rights of both the versions. The reports suggest that the rights of its Hindi version have been sold to a leading Bollywood distribution house.
Besides posting a couple of posters of the film, Bollywood trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, "Abhishek Pictures & Reliance to release dubbed Hindi version of #Rudhramadevi. Directed by Gunasekhar. The posters."
It is rumoured that Abhishek Pictures and Reliance have spent around Rs 22 crore on the global distribution rights of the Hindi version of "Rudhramadevi". The experts in the industry say that this is the next biggest price for the Hindi version of a Telugu movie after "Baahubali - the Beginning".
"Rudhramadevi" is based on the life of Rudrama Devi, the 13th-century queen of the Kakatiya dynasty. Anushka Shetty plays the title role, while Rana Daggubati and Allu Arjun have essayed pivotal roles. Made with a budget of Rs 65 crore, the historical 3D movie boasts universal appeal. It has the potential to do superb business that is likely to be at par with the collection of "Baahubali".