‘Dear Comrade’ was made in Telugu and dubbed versions were released in Kannada, Malayalam and Tamil.

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Flix Controversy Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 11:26

Ever since Dear Comrade hit the silver screens, #BoycottDearComrade and #StopTeluguImposition have been trending on social networking sites. The makers of this Telugu film have incurred the wrath of movie goers in Karnataka after more number of screens had the Telugu version as compared to the dubbed Kannada version. This did not go too well with several movie buffs who began taking to the social media to criticise the filmmakers.

Dear Comrade has been originally made in Telugu and dubbed versions were released in Kannada, Malayalam and Tamil.

There are many groups in Karnataka that believe movies in other languages should not be dubbed in Kannada, as this will negatively impact Kannada movies. There has been an unofficial ban on dubbed content in Kannada for decades. However, recently campaigns had been launched by groups like 'Kannada Grahakara Okkuta' supporting movies and TV shows being dubbed into Kannada.

Directed by Bharat Kamma, Dear Comrade is produced by Y. Naveen, Y. Ravi Shankar and CV Mohan under the banner Mythri Movie Makers. Vijay Deverakonda plays a student leader with a communist background in Dear Comrade while Rashmika Mandanna is seen as a cricketer playing for Telangana state. Sources say that Rashmika tried hard to get into the skin of the character by learning the nuances of cricket and she underwent special training at the cricket club in Hyderabad before the shoot began.

According to a review in TNM by Krishna Sripada: “All in all, it is a movie that deceives to surprise you, with an outer layer masquerading as a male protagonist's story - anger management, bike journeys, change, and recidivism into the old self at the first sight of another challenge. But really, deep down it is all about that woman, and like she says at one point - no one cares or asks what she wants. And Rashmika and Bharat Kamma have brought that amalgamation of joys, struggles, and fears out beautifully.”

Meanwhile, Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar has bagged rights for the Hindi remake of the film. While it was widely speculated Karan would be roping in a prominent star, Karan Johar took to his Twitter handle to clarify that nolead actors have been considered or approached for the film yet.

He wrote, ''All the best and big success to the team of #DearComradeOnJuly26th ! Also a CLARIFICATION! No lead actors have been considered or approached for the film as yet! The planning for this lovely film is underway!''.

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