Thursday, March 8, 2012

Excuse me, miss; Do you speak Tamil?


I'm not sure if the headline is a great pick-up line or not but in any case I've just ordered this bunch of Indian genre films. These films deviate from the Indian horror films I've watched previously in that they're not from the Hindi spoken Bollywood but from the Tamil language part of India. Originally I really just wanted to order the above film, YAVARUM NALAM, which is a horror movie that a Cinehound member posted about. However, altho the price of the DVD was only Rs.175 ($4.50) on eBay India, the postage to Euroland was Rs.800!!! But the seller said I could order more DVDs for the same postage fee, so I picked the other three out of which two of them are horror movies and one is a sci-fi movie. They all have English subtitles.




By the way, remember how they would sometimes make different language versions of films simultaneously in Hollywood in the old days? For instance, the 1931 version of DRACULA was filmed twice; During the day they would shoot the English language version starring Bela Lugosi and at night they'd film a different version for the Spanish language markets. This was before dubbing was invented obviously. However, they still do this practice in India! No, I'm not making that up! The horror movie YAVARUM NALAM was filmed twice at the same time, on the same set, and by the same director. The difference is one is in Hindi and the other - the one I bought - is in Tamil. But why not just dub them? Well, apparently religious and other customs are too different, a dub simply isn't enough.

The Hindi language version of the film is called 13 B and is also released on DVD. Actually the Hindi version is much easier to get hold of (hence my wanting the other dvd OBVIOUSLY! LOL). I intend to get hold of the Hindi version as well though. Oh, and there's even been some talk about a Hollywood remake.


  1. Hehehe!! ;)

    Hindi horror films are a hoot! Tamil ones are just a wee bit different from their Bollywood cousins. You do have to be careful though,... many are released in Hindi, Telugu, and Malayalam all with different titles... just a different dubbing. Makes it easy to duplicate purchases.

    Even weirder.... they do "remakes" too for certain films to use more recognizable actors for a local audience. The Hindi film "Poonk" for example turns up as a Telugu film... exact same plot and script, just different actors... as "Raksha".

    "Arundhati"!! You'll like that one I think.... a really big budget Telugu hit with the whole "reincarnated princess fights evil" thingee going on. I liked it a huge lot!!

    I've seen "13B".... Not a bad little film, and very easy to follow as Hindi ghost stories go.

    Want a truly crazy film to watch? Try "Mallana".... a weird superhero movie about a guy who does his own version of "Batman".... but dresses as a giant angry crime fighting rooster. Seriously... ;)

  2. I think the only Hindi horror films I've seen so far are the old Ramsay ones and ONE other newer one which stunk like a skunk! Haha. Thanks for the info, miss Nekoneko.

    As I mentioned in my post I was kinda aware of the remake (or "to film two versions at the same time") thingy. I've ordered both versions of "13B".

    I'll like "Arundhati"!! Cool.

    "Mallana"!? "A truly crazy film to watch" - You certainly know how to get me interested!! I'll certainly try and find it. Thanks, Nekroneko!