A spokesperson for Tamil film Kabali‘s local distributor Malik Streams Production shared that a Bahasa Malaysia recording process is currently underway in Chennai, India.
“It’s almost 80% done. So far, we’ve roped in local stars like Datuk Jalaluddin Hassan, Fathia Latiff and Raja Ilya to voice various characters in the movie. Rajinikanth himself will be voiced by Arun Kumar,” the spokesperson said in a phone interview. “We’re proud to share that Kabali makes history as the first Tamil film to be dubbed in Bahasa Malaysia.”
There are also plans to dub the film in Mandarin. The spokesperson said Malik Streams is waiting from an official green light from Kabali’s production company in India for that to happen.
Directed by Pa Ranjith, Kabali features a villain played by Taiwanese actor Winston Chao. The film, which was shot in Kuala Lumpur and Malacca last year, also stars some Malaysian actors namely Datuk Rosyam Nor, Norman Hakim and Zack Taipan.
Major promotional events have been announced for the film’s release including a 5km Kabali-themed race and movie-themed activities onboard AirAsia flights to India. The airline company also unveiled an aircraft with Kabali livery on it recently.
Kabali has also been screened for the censorship board in India and early response towards the film has been positive. However, there is no confirmation yet on the film’s rating here.
Malik Streams is reportedly in talks with Rajinikanth to attend Kabali’s premiere event in Malaysia. “Our founder Datuk Abdul Malik Dasthigeer has already contacted Rajinikanth about the event. We have yet to receive an official response from him as he is currently busy in the United States. He may be shooting the 160th film of his career there,” the spokesperson divulged.
However, media in India reported that Rajinikanth is in the US for medical treatment. When asked if Malik Streams is prepared to handle the crowd when Rajinikanth comes to KL again, the spokesperson laughed and said they’ve learned from previous experiences.
“Yes, I remember it was quite overwhelming as hundreds of fans followed him everywhere. We’re definitely going to hire more security to help manage the crowd.”