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Chennai: Sashi Kumar and his writers’ team said there is a spectacular demand for dubbed entertainment in the country. Earlier they have also lent the magic of words to the trailer of the Tamil and Telugu dubbed versions of Ryan Reynolds-starrer “Deadpool”.

Sashi represents Sound and Vision India, the country’s biggest film dubbing company.

“The demand for dubbed English films in the regional market is amazing. Films that get dubbed in Tamil and Telugu have resulted in the exceptional increase in numbers for studios from markets they never anticipated can yield such returns,” Sashi, who supervises dubbing of films into Tamil and Telugu, said.

The idea of localising Hollywood content has clicked with the masses, says Mona Shetty, President, Sound and Vision India.

“Hollywood films are made for a different set of audience. The only way it can relate to the masses here is when it is localised in terms of language,” said Mona, adding that among the regional markets, content dubbed in Telugu is received very well.

Citing some examples, Shetty said films such as “Furious 7”, “Jurassic Park” and “Avatar” have done exceptional business in the Tamil and Telugu versions.

The process of dubbing, for many, may come across as an easy job. Sashi, however, begs to differ.

“It is very challenging. Films that are dubbed usually appeal to the audience in B and C centres. One needs to know the pulse of such people, understand what they like and what kind of jokes they enjoy,” he said.

Referring to the Tamil trailer of “Deadpool”, which has turned out to be a hit on social media, Sashi said dubbing doesn’t mean literal translation of dialogues into another language.

“The dubbing process involves one to be very subtle. The jokes that worked in English won’t work in Tamil when merely translated. It only works when

you get creative, when you bring some local flavour, improvise while dubbing so that the quirky lines from the original work,” he said.

Dubbing “Deadpool” into Tamil and Telugu wasn’t a cakewalk, admits Sashi.

“Unlike regular action films, this one is high on comedy, interspersed with plenty of one-liners. I had to sit and brainstorm with my team of writers and give options for the producers to choose from. It took us about a month to complete the whole dubbing process,” he added.

The other factor that had to be kept in mind was choosing the right voice for Ryan Reynolds, who plays a superhero in the film.

“If the voice doesn’t suit the actor, the audience won’t relate to the character. Dubbing artist P R  Shekhar, who has over 200 films to his credit, dubbed for Ryan Reynolds. It suited his personality and the character,” he said.(IANS)(image: dighist.fas.harvard.edu)

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The Best Hollywood Action Movies Of 2017

The old fashion of action genre movies strictly meant to dominate the summer box office has melted down the lane and thus the action movies are released throughout the year.

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The new Hollywood action movies are getting smarter, are more sophisticated. Wikimedia Commons
The new Hollywood action movies are getting smarter, are more sophisticated. Wikimedia Commons
  • Action movies are always a delight to watch
  • The new-age Hollywood action flicks are getting better day by day

The new age action genres are no longer made up of movies strictly meant to dominate the summer box office.

The old fashion of action genre movies strictly meant to dominate the summer box office has melted down the lane. Now action flicks are released year-round, and they still dominate the box office. Not only there is a surge in the action movie making but they’re also getting smarter, are more sophisticated, and are attracting Oscar-caliber actors who want to flex their talents and get big payouts.

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The year 2017 saw new instalments in beloved action franchises, some timely and gritty reboots, and the requisite superhero movies.

Take a look at the biggest action movies of the Hollywood in the year 2017.

  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Episode VIII of the Star Wars is a 2017 American epic space film directed and written by Rian Johnson. It is the second continuation of the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the eighth main instalment of the Star Wars franchise, following Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Last Jedi was produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the second continuation of the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the eighth main instalment of the Star Wars franchise. Wikimedia Commons
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the second continuation of the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the eighth main instalment of the Star Wars franchise. Wikimedia Commons

The plot revolves around Rey as she receives Jedi training from Luke Skywalker, in hopes of turning the tide for the Resistance in the fight against Kylo Ren and the First Order.

  1. Logan

Logan is an American superhero film which has garnered a lot of fans over the years. The movie is produced by Marvel Entertainment, TSG Entertainment and The Donners’ Company. The movie is distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the tenth episode in the X-Men film series, as well as the third and final Wolverine solo film following X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Wolverine.

Logan is distributed by 20th Century Fox. Wikimedia Commons
Logan is distributed by 20th Century Fox. Wikimedia Commons

Logan has taken inspiration from “Old Man Logan” by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, follows an aged Wolverine and an extremely ill Professor X defending a young mutant Laura from the villainous Reavers and Alkali-Transigen.

  1. John Wick: Chapter 2

The chapter 2 of John Wick is an action thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Derek Kolstad. The second sequel to the John Wick film series, the plot follows hitman John Wick, who goes on the run after a bounty is placed on his head. The movie featured Ruby Rose, Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Riccardo Scamarcio and Ian McShane.

John Wick: Chapter 2 is the second sequel to the John Wick film series. Wikimedia Commons
John Wick: Chapter 2 is the second sequel to the John Wick film series. Wikimedia Commons

The second part of John Wick also marks the first collaboration between Reeves and Fishburne since appearing together in The Matrix trilogy.

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  1. Wonder Woman

The movie, Wonder Woman is based on the DC Comics character and is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the fourth sequel to the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) and is directed by Patty Jenkins. The movie featured Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman in the lead role. Other supporting actors include Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, and Elena Anaya.

Wonder Woman featured Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman in the lead role.Wikimedia Commons
Wonder Woman featured Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman in the lead role.Wikimedia Commons

Following Gal Gadot’s debut in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman is the second live-action theatrical film featuring the titular character. The movie is about the story of Diana Prince, who grows up on the Amazon island of Themyscira.  Then Diana leaves her home to end the conflict.

  1. Justice League

Justice League is a superhero based film on the DC Comics superhero team. It is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and is directed by Zack Snyder and is the fifth instalment of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU).  Justice league starred Ben Affleck in the lead role and other as, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, and J. K. Simmons.

Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder and is the fifth instalment of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Wikimedia Commons
Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder and is the fifth instalment of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Wikimedia Commons

In Justice League, the Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg form a team to honour the memory of Superman. Later they save earth from the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons.

  1. Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok is the continuation of 2011’s Thor and 2013’s Thor: The Dark World. The movie is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Thor. Thor: Ragnarok is produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi. Wikimedia Commons
Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi. Wikimedia Commons

The movie is the seventeenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Taika Waititi. Thor: Ragnarok features Chris Hemsworth as Thor and others as Tessa Thompson, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum and Anthony Hopkins. In the movie, Thor tries to escape the alien planet Sakaar in time to save Asgard from Hela and the impending Ragnarök.

  1. Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming follows the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. The movie is co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios. The Homecoming is the second Spider-Man film and the sixteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It is directed by Jon Watts. Spider-Man: Homecoming features Tom Holland in the lead role and others as Donald Glover and Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya Robert Downey Jr. Spider-Man: Homecoming is distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing.

Spider-Man: Homecoming features Tom Holland in the lead role. Wikimedia Commons
Spider-Man: Homecoming features Tom Holland in the lead role. Wikimedia Commons

The movie plot is about Peter Parker, who tries to balance high school life with being Spider-Man while facing the Vulture.

  1. Dunkirk

Dunkirk is a British, American, French, and Dutch co-production movie depicting the Dunkirk evacuation of World War II. It is written, directed, and produced by Christopher Nolan and was distributed by Warner Bros.

Dunkirk is written, directed, and produced by Christopher Nolan. Wikimedia Commons
Dunkirk is written, directed, and produced by Christopher Nolan. Wikimedia Commons

Dunkirk cast includes Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan and Tom Hardy.