Malayalam films make me feel like home, says Dulquer Salmaan

The actor says 'King of Kotha' is aimed at people who watch movies in theatres and hence is dubbed in other languages, too.

BySouth First Desk

Published Aug 21, 2023 | 4:09 PMUpdatedAug 21, 2023 | 4:20 PM

King of Kotha will be releasing on 24 August

Ahead of the release of King of Kotha (on 24 August), Dulquer Salmaan is busy promoting his film in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Kochi. The movie will be released in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Hindi languages.

During a promotional event in Chennai on Saturday, 19 August, the actor said King of Kotha was a dream project for him and his production house.

Needless to say, the flick is the biggest in terms of budget in Dulquer’s career. Interestingly, he dubbed his lines in all the languages for his role Raju, a don.

According to Dulquer, Kotha is a fictional village in the film, which was shot extensively in Tamil Nadu’s Karaikudi. “It is an interesting gangster drama that’s best enjoyed in theatres. It also has all human emotions — love, friendship, and family drama.”

On Monday, 21 August, the film team held a press conference in Kochi where Dulquer said the team got scared of the hype the movie unknowingly created among audiences, particularly after the unbelievable response to the teaser.

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Made for a theatrical experience

A poster of the film King of Kotha

A poster of the film ‘King of Kotha’. (Dulquer Salmaan/ Facebook)

Dulquer Salmaan observed that a good number of audiences are watching Malayalam films on OTT platforms, particularly after the Covid-19 outbreak.

King of Kotha is aimed at people who love to watch films in theatres and that’s the reason why it’s dubbed in other languages, too,” he pointed out.

He also stated that the crew did their best to ensure that the dubbed versions sounded original, without any artificiality.

Interestingly, King of Kotha will be the first Malayalam film to have a big release in other countries.

“It’s always good to release big films simultaneously in other languages. If not, it’d be a tedious job to promote it in other States after it becomes a hit in one language,” the actor-producer winked.

“All big films — be it is Lalettan’s (Mohanlal), Tovino Thomas’s or my dad’s (Mammootty) — should have a proper plan before their release,” he opined.

The pan-Indian actor further added, “The media and people in every place I’m visiting these days know everything about King of Kotha. I’m happy that the film and the Malayalam industry are being recognised. However, King of Kotha is not just a mass masala film. It has a good story, too.”

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Comfortable in Malayalam & Tamil

Dulquer Salmaan at the Guns and Gulaabs promotional event

Dulquer Salmaan at the ‘Guns & Gulaabs’ promotional event. (NetflixIndia/ Twitter)

Besides Malayalam, Dulquer Salmaan has been busy acting in other languages. His first web series Guns & Gulaabs premiered recently on Netflix and is drawing good reviews.

However, the actor says he is comfortable acting in Malayalam and Tamil movies.

“When I am doing Malayalam films, it feels like ‘coming back home’. It’s not because of the location but because I know the people here. There is no need for further research while choosing a script in Malayalam,” he pointed out.

“I am also comfortable in Tamil films as I grew up in Chennai. Hindi is something I can do, but Telugu is a bit difficult. I am still learning the language,” Dulquer quipped.

When asked why he is not doing more Malayalam movies, the actor replied that he wants his filmography to be the best. “I want my films to have some quality. That is my only aim. Moreover, I’m looking for good and different stories.”

King of Kotha at Time Square

Meanwhile, the trailer of King of Kotha was displayed at New York’s Times Square recently, the first time for a Malayalam movie. Dulquer Salmaan took to social media to share this news.

The trailers were previously unveiled by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and south legends Suriya, Mohanlal, and Nagarjuna.

Produced by Wayfarer Films and Zee Studios, Aishwarya Lekshmi will pair opposite Dulquer in King of Kotha.

It also features Shabeer Kallarakkal, Prasanna, Gokul Suresh, Shammi Thilakan, Shanthi Krishna, and Anikha Surendran.