Bhajarangi, the blockbuster hit movie starring Dr. Shivaraj Kumar, made a history of sorts last night. The Hindi dubbed version of the movie was aired on UTV Action channel on August 3. It is not the first time that a Kannada movie has been dubbed into Hindi. Many movies have previously been dubbed in Hindi and other regional languages. However the Hindi dubbed version has been premiered before the original Kannada version has been telecast to Kannada viewers.
The satellite rights of the movie was sold for a record price of Rs 3.25 crores. This is said to be the highest price paid for any Shivannamovie till date. While earlier there were rumors that there are no takers of the movie, the record price given for the satellite rights has quelled all such rumors.
A Kannada entertainment channel is advertising the movie's premiere. However the telecast of Hindi dubbed version before the Kannada version has baffled the peopleof the Kannada Film Industry. It is a norm to telecast the Kannada version before the dubbed version.
Was the dubbing rights sold without any stipulation for telecast date is the question here. Whatever be the reason, the Kannada audience will be disappointed that they did not get the chance to see the movie on small screen before the Hindi audience.