Tollywood director Krish of Gamyam fame is all set for the release of his debut Bollywood flick Gabbar is back in May 2015. This is the Hindi remake of Tamil hit Ramana (Tagore in Telugu). A Tollywood director testing waters in Bollywood is not an unfamiliar phenomenon. History had seen legends like K Raghavendra Rao doing that. His movies with Jitender as the lead kept the cash registers ringing yesteryears. Directors like K Murli Mohan Rao and Kodananda Rami Reddy were briefly successful too. During the same period, movie Moghul Dr D Rama Naidu expanded his movie production to the northern belt.
Interestingly, the new age directors who made non formula films in Tollywood have moved on to try formula based plots in Bollywood. This is a striking contrast with old school directors.
In the mid-nineties, Ram Gopal Varma shifted to B-town and created a niche for himself especially with his ‘D’ movies. On the flipside, his ardent follower Puri Jagannadh tried his luck with the Hindi remake of Badri starring Tushar Kapoor but failed miserably. RGV later fetched him another movie with Amitabh Bacchan – Buddah Hoga Tera Baap (2011). However, the golden opportunity wasn’t utilized well and it brought him zero recognition. RGV, however carries the sole reputation of pulling off trademark non formula movies, standing away from the rest.
After RGV, if there is any Telugu director who is making their presence felt, then it’s the duo of Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK with some interesting films like Shor in the City, 99, Go Goa Gone and Happy Ending. While all eyes are on Krish’s success at Bollywood Box-office, Shekar Kammula still awaits his Hindi debut to happen. He had been trying to remake Happy Days in Hindi from the last 8 years. Also in the queue is Nandini Reddy who is keen to make a rom-com very soon.