Meri Jung - One Man Army: Originally titled 'Mass' in Telugu the film was later dubbed and released in Tamil with the title 'Veeran'. It went on to become a blockbuster in both languages. The Hindi-dubbed version of the film was aired on several Hindi-language channels and went on to become popular with TV viewers. Its fight sequences went viral online. Nagarjuna stars as Mass in 'Meri Jung', a man seeking vengeance against gangsters for murdering his best friend.
Robbery: The film was released in 2005 under the title 'Super'. Nagarjuna co-starred with Sonu Sood, Ayesha Takia and Anushka Shetty. He played the role of Akhil, a hi-tech thief and featured several thrilling action sequences and heist scenes. Nagarjuna's chemistry with leading ladies Ayesha Takia and Anushka Shetty also proved to be a winning combination for the film to court box office success. The Hindi-dubbed version of the movie went on garner some decent TRPs due to its offbeat humour, dialogues, stylish action sequences and energetic dance numbers.
Don No 1: The film was released as 'Don' in Telugu in 2007. Directed by actor-choreographer Raghava Lawrence, it saw Nagarjuna portray an underworld Don with a heart of gold. The action sequences and music of the film gained popularity with South film audiences and the Hindi version later went on to do well on television. It also starred Anushka Shetty as the leading lady and Kelly Dorjee in a villainous role. Hard-hitting action scenes and dialogues are the movie's USP.
King No 1: In this Hindi-dubbed version of the Telugu hit 'King', Nagarjuna impressed audiences as Raja Chandra Pratap Varma, the titular King, who decides to fake his death and masquerade as a ruffian in order to teach his scheming and treacherous uncles a lesson. While the film contained the usual masala fare i.e. whistle-worthy dialogues, high-octane action scenes and energetic songs, it is also notable for its numerous plot twists and riveting climax.
Vicky Dada: Released in 1989, Vicky Dada starred Nagarjuna as a righteous lawyer, who quits his profession after being disgruntled by criminals escaping the law and becomes an avenger for those who suffer injustice. The film also starred a young Juhi Chawla as his leading lady. Vicky Dada is notable for its intense dialogues, fast-paced fight sequences and foot-tapping musical numbers. The Hindi-dubbed version was regularly aired on cable television during the 1990s.
Gambler No 1: Originally titled 'Kedi', this 2010 film saw Nagarjuna as a gambler Ramesh a.k.a Rummy who gets embroiled in a terror plot. The movie contains several hard-hitting fight scenes and has proved to be a hit with audiences.
Ragada: True to its title that translates as fight this 2010 Nagarjuna film was an action-packed extravaganza from start to finish. Anushka Shetty and Priyamani star as his leading ladies. Watching Nagarjuna's character Satya Reddy beat up baddies effortlessly proved to be a treat for South Indian moviegoers and the Hindi version of 'Ragada', which has been aired on several TV channels continues to be a popular watch.
Rangeela Raja: The 1995 film originally released in Telugu as 'Gharana Bullodu' was another Nagarjuna hit that was dubbed in Hindi. The movie also starred Ramya Krishnan. 'Rangeela Raja' was a regular feature on cable television in the 1990s. The whistle-worthy dialogues, well-choreographed dance numbers, multitude of comedy scenes and fight sequences made it an entertaining watch. Nagarjuna essays a horse-carriage driver Raju, who clashes with the unjust and cruel Ammaji portrayed by veteran actress Jayachitra.
Pandit Ek Yodha: This is one of many films in which Nagarjuna essays a dual role. The movie also stars Soundarya and Shenaz Treasurywala. Nagarjuna's portrayal as twin brothers who get embroiled in a dispute after the younger one allegedly steals the family jewels was met with plaudits from critics and audiences alike. The film's original title was 'Edhuruleni Manishi'. The Hindi version whenever aired on TV gets good viewership!
On South superstar Akkineni Nagarjuna's birthday today, we take a look at some of his over-the-top action films that were dubbed in Hindi and went on to become popular with TV audiences
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