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The Telugu dubbing rights were bought by Kalpana Koneru for a whopping price of Rs 90 lakhs.
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The Bala directorial, Naachiyaar, is all set to be released in Telugu. Titled as Jhansi, the film will be dubbed in Telugu and released in Andhra and Telangana states. Jyothika played the title role in this film and her performance as a tough cop received rave reviews from all quarters.

Following the immense success of the film and Jyothika’s big fan following in the Telugu speaking states, it was decided to release the dubbed version. The Telugu rights were acquired by DV Cine Creations and Kalpana Chitra. The Telugu dubbing rights were bought by Kalpana Koneru for a whopping price of Rs 90 lakhs.

Initially, the makers wanted to release the Telugu version along with the Tamil, but it was director Bala who suggested a remake. And there were plans on to rope in the Baahubali star Anushka to reprise Jyothika's role in the Telugu version.

However, with Anushka being busy with a slew of films needing her attention and Bala occupied with the Tamil remake of Arjun Reddy, the makers went ahead with the original plan of dubbing the film in Telugu.

Written and directed by Bala, the film was also bankrolled by him under his banner B Studios. The film had Jyothika playing the title role Naachiyaar and in the Telugu version it will be Jhansi. The star cast also has the music director turned actor GV Prakash Kumar, Ivana and producer Rockline Venkatesh in important roles. Maestro Ilayaraja had scored music for this flick with Theni Eeshwar cranking the camera and Sathish Suriya editing it.

Director Bala is currently wielding the megaphone for the Tamil film Varma, which is the remake of the Telugu blockbuster Arjun Reddy. Vikram’s son Dhruv, who will be making his debut in this film, will be reprising the role done by Vijay Devarakonda in the original.

Bala is well known for making several award-winning films in his career. He won the National Award for Best Direction for Naan Kadavul in 2009 besides a host of other awards. His first directorial was Sethu, which had Vikram playing the lead role. He then went on to make films such as Nandha, Pithamagan, Avan Ivan and Naan Kadavul. His debut movie Sethu won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil, the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Director and the Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil.

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