The Tollywood fraternity has called for an immediate halt to dubbing Hindi films and telly soaps in Bengali.
The call by the Bengali film industry comes in the wake of dubbed versions of Yash Raj Film production
releasing simultaneously in Hindi and Bengali in the state.
was shot extensively in the city and other parts of West Bengal and has the star cast of Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra capturing the flavour of the state in the 1970s and 1980s.
Bengali film superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee said, "We have nothing personal against any producers. In fact we have high regard for legendary producer-directors like late Yash
"But as Bengali film industry is poised for a turnaround with audiences returning to the theatres again, any cinematic work dubbed in the language and screened will create an unfair situation. Our gentle request is please stop this. I would have talked to Yashji about this had he been around ... If any artiste from here still wishes to be part of any such dubbing venture we will be forced to boycott him/her," he adds.
, awarded for his performances in Moner Manush, Autograph, Dosar and a host of other films in his over three-decade-long career, said last night that Bollywood films have always enjoyed sizeable following in all corners of Bengal.
The Tollywood fraternity was not against it and had in fact cooperated in the outdoor shoots of Hindi films, including
"Let Hindi films run parallel to films made in Bengali by people here. We urge everybody concerned not to screen any dubbed film in theatres and serials on television any more."