Venkatesh’s Narappa has finally hit the small screen and has received a thumbs up from the critics and audience alike. Venkatesh’s performance has been well appreciated by all and has been termed as one of the best of his career. However, the movie much before its release was caught in an Asuran vs Narappa comparison and post-release the trolls have unleashed themselves giving rise to the debate on Tamil vs Telugu versions yet again.
One of the main areas of discussion in this Asuran vs Narappa is who portrayed the lead character better. Venky fans have cited his experience and versatility as miles ahead of Dhanush claiming their supremacy. On the other hand, the lovers of the Tamil version have been claiming that the Telugu version is not even faithful to the original and has strayed away from the core point of the film. Apart from this, Dhanush fans are claiming that when it comes to realistic portrayal, no one can even match Dhanush.
Incidentally, Dhanush starred in the remake of Venkatesh’s 2007 family entertainer Aadavari Matalaku Arthale Verule. The Tamil version was titled Yaaradi Nee Mohini and was one of the big successes of the young actor’s career in the initial days. The Asuran vs Narappa debate has also given rise now to Aadavari Matalaku Arthale Verule vs Yaaradi Nee Mohini.
Dhanush was awarded National Award for his performance in this movie and won many accolades world over for his role ‘Sivasaami’. The Telugu version is almost a frame-to-frame remake of Asuran but certain elements have been changed to meet Telugu nativity. Also, there has been criticism against Srikanth Addala for downplaying the caste angle which was much higher in Asuran.
While certain changes are almost always done in the remakes, one thing that has stayed constant to the original is the lead’s performance. Venkatesh, who earlier termed Narappa as the most grueling character of his career has definitely given an award-winning performance in Asuran, and just like Dhanush, he carried the entire movie on his shoulder.