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Pan-India films

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Pan-India films
Years active2015–present
Major figuresS. S. Rajamouli, Prashanth Neel, S. Shankar
InfluencedIndian cinema

Pan-India films is a film movement in Indian cinema that is primarily associated with the Telugu cinema.[1] The movement gained popularity since 2015, post the success of Baahubali: The Beginning (2015). The term "Pan-Indian film" is used for a film that is simultaneously released in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi languages, with an aim to maximise the target audience and increase the revenues.[2]


Indian cinema is composed of various language film industries. The first pan-India film to be released is a Kannada film Mahishasura Mardini (1959). It was dubbed and released in eight languages.[3] But, no other film was released in more than four langugaes, since then. A film made in a language was usually remade in other languages. For example, Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana (2005), directed by Prabhu Deva was remade for nine times in eight languages. Dubbing of a film into other language is not a regular practice in Indian cinema. Few films such as Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Enthiran, etc. were dubbed in other Indian languages and were released along with their original versions, but only in Telugu, Hindi and Tamil.

Since 2010s, dubbing and telecasting of South Indian films (primarily Telugu and Tamil) in Hindi became a regular practice by which films from Telugu cinema and Tamil cinema gained popularity nationwide. Majority of the films were dubbed after few weeks or months of the original version release.[4] Similarly, Hindi films were frequently dubbed in Telugu and Tamil languages, but didn't gain as much popularity as Telugu/Tamil films received, expect a few (Dangal (2016), M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016), etc.).[5] Over the time Kannada and Malayalam films were also been dubbed.

Two Telugu films Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) and Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017), directed by S. S. Rajamouli changed the face of Indian cinema.[6] The film was released various languages across the world. Filmmakers started a new film movement, that is, rather than remaking the same film in various languages, they are dubbing the same film in various languages.[7]


Previously most of the Hindi films were released only in Telugu and Tamil languages. Kannada film K.G.F: Chapter 1 (2018) directed by Prashanth Neel improved the growth of the film movement.[8] Success of other films like 2.0 (2018), Saaho (2019), Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy (2019) made Pan-Indian films movement widespread to other major Indian film industries.[9][10] K.G.F: Chapter 1 (2018) is the first major Pan-Indian film from Kannada cinema.[11] Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea (2021) is the first major Pan-Indian film from Malayalam cinema.[12]

Pan-Indian films also employ actors from different language industry to increase their visibility and bring a universal appeal.[13]


In an interview with Deadline Hollywood, actor N. T. Rama Rao Jr. expressed his disapproval for the term. "I hate referring to it as 'pan-Indian', it sounds like a frying pan. We just mean it is a film that can travel into all the Indian languages," he stated.[14]

Notable films considered to be pan-Indian

Upcoming films

See also


  1. ^ a b Mehrotra, Suchin (19 September 2019). "What Does It Take To Make A Pan-India Movie?". Film Companion.
  2. ^ "'Pan-India' films make a comeback". Telangana Today. 17 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Did you know? The very first pan-Indian Kannada film is this 1959 classic starring Dr. Rajkumar - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  4. ^ Prem. "Top 30 South Indian Movies Dubbed in Hindi". FilmTimes. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Bollywood movies dubbed in Telugu; From 'Dangal' to 'M.S Dhoni: The Untold Story'". Republic World. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  6. ^ DelhiApril 12, India Today Web Desk New; April 12, 2018UPDATED; Ist, 2018 19:10. "How Baahubali changed the face of Telugu cinema worldwide". India Today. Retrieved 21 June 2021.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ admin. "How SS Rajamouli's film changed Indian cinema forever | FR24 News English". Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  8. ^ "KGF to be amultilingual, will release in five languages - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  9. ^ Nanisetti, Serish (2 October 2019). "Chiranjeevi's 'Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy' hits screens amid noisy welcome by fans". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  10. ^ "2.0 All India Update - Crosses 400 Crore NETT - Box Office India". Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  11. ^ Hooli, Shekhar H. (21 December 2018). "KGF movie review: This is what Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam audience say about Yash starrer". Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  12. ^ "To be history, the Maraikas; Released in more than 50 countries : Cinema News". Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  13. ^ Pecheti, Prakash (17 June 2021). "New mantra for pan-India stories". Telangana Today.
  14. ^ Grater, Tom (12 May 2021). "'RRR' Star Jr NTR Gives First Interview About Mega-Budget Action Pic From 'Baahubali' Director S.S. Rajamouli". Deadline Hollywood.
  15. ^ Shashidhar, Ajita (17 July 2015). "Baahubali shows the way for movies to go pan-India". Business Today.
  16. ^ Cornelious, Deborah (4 May 2017). "How to make a pan-India film". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 29 August 2021.
  17. ^ "Baahubali 2 Creates History, Becomes First Indian Movie Ever To Collect Rs 1,000 Crore". NDTV. 7 May 2017.
  18. ^ "'2.0' review: Shankar and Rajinikanth's sequel is visually grand but underwhelming". The News Minute. 29 November 2018.
  19. ^ Sharada, A (2 February 2020). "Sandalwood aims to go pan-India, plans to release movies in multiple Indian languages". The New Indian Express.
  20. ^ Kumar R, Manoj (29 August 2019). "Saaho will decide whether Prabhas is a two-hit wonder or bonafide pan-India superstar". The Indian Express.
  21. ^ a b "Regional biggies go multilingual for better reach with new films". Telangana Today. 4 March 2021.
  22. ^ Rajpal, Roktim (29 January 2020). "Why has Malayalam cinema not been able to give a pan-India movie?". Deccan Herald.
  23. ^ a b c d Chakraborty, Juhi (22 April 2021). "RRR, Pushpa, Liger, Radhe Shyam, Adipurush: Are pan India films the way forward?". Hindustan Times.
  24. ^ "Pawan Kalyan's first look from period drama 'Hari Hara Veera Mallu' is here". The News Minute. 11 March 2021.
  25. ^ "'KGF: Chapter 2': Sanjay Dutt extremely excited for his first Pan-India film". DNA India. 30 January 2021.
  26. ^ Vyas (2 December 2020). "Hombale Films to make pan-India movie 'Salaar' with Prabhas". The Hans India.
  27. ^ "A major update on 'Ponniyin Selvan' drives fans crazy". Indiaglitz. 29 August 2021.
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