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Baahubali creates history: India’s fastest Rs.100-crore film

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Chennai: After marching into the Rs.100 club within an astounding two days of its release, filmmaker S.S. Rajamouli’s magnum opus “Baahubali – The Beginning” minted close to Rs.140 crore in its first weekend. Its international business is also turning out to be “record-smashing”, say trade gurus.

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“It took ‘Baahubali’ just two days to enter the Rs.100 crore club worldwide. No other Indian film has achieved this rare feat before. In its opening weekend, it is said to have approximately grossed Rs.140 crore,” trade analyst Trinath told IANS.

Said to be made on a budget of Rs.250 crore, “Baahubali – The Beginning”, the first in a two-part war drama, starring Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty and Tamannah Bhatia, is about two brothers at war for an ancient kingdom.

Released on July 10 in four languages — Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi — simultaneously, the film has surprisingly performed extremely well in all the languages.

According to Trinath, if the film can sustain this week in cinemas, it may turn out to be the biggest hit in the history of Indian cinema.

“Monday numbers are very crucial. If there isn’t a big dip in the collections, then it’s good. The film has to sustain through the week to rake in as much as it can before this week’s releases, including Salman Khan’s ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, hit the screens,” he said.

With the distributor nett share of Rs.42.3 crore on the first day in the country, “Baahubali” surpassed “Happy New Year” (Rs.42 crore), “Dhoom: 3” (Rs.32 crore), “Singam Returns” (Rs.31.8 crore), “Chennai Express” (Rs.31 crore), “Ek Tha Tiger” (Rs.30.3 crore), “Bang Bang” (Rs.28 crore), “Kick” (Rs.26 crore), “PK” (Rs.25 crore) and “Agneepath” (Rs.22 crore).

The Hindi version of the film minted Rs.22.35 crore in the first weekend in India, according to trade analyst Taran Adarsh.

“#Baahubali is on a RECORD-SMASHING spree in international arena. Puts up MASSIVE numbers. USA, Canada, UK, Australia,” Adarsh tweeted.

Meanwhile, in Kerala, the film has released in AriesPlex SL, which is reportedly the country’s first cinema hall fitted with 4K projection and 64 channel Dolby Atmos.

“The first show started at 9.30 a.m. on Monday. Audiences are thoroughly going to enjoy the experience,” a theatre representative told IANS.

Filmmaker Karan Johar, who has presented the Hindi version of the movie, says the film’s success proves the reach of cinema — the language notwithstanding.

 

(IANS)

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‘Didn’t Want to be an Actor at first’ : ‘Baahubali’ Star Prabhas Gets Candid in a new interview

After "Baahubali" becoming a phenomenon, Prabhas admits that fear of failure with upcoming projects looms large

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Hyderabad, October 8, 2017 : Prabhas always thought he was too shy to emote in front of the camera, and had planned a career in the hospitality sector. But not only did he enter showbiz, but attained global fame with the “Baahubali” film franchise. The actor says he still gets conscious at public events — and is learning the art of handling stardom.

“I am still shy when I go to interviews. I want a lot of people to come and watch my film but I can’t face (that many) people,” Prabhas told IANS in a candid interview.

“After being in the industry for 13-14 years now, I still don’t know how to handle stardom. My fans feel bad that their hero doesn’t come out so much. I’m better than before, and trying to improve,” he added.

His father is famous producer Uppalapati Surya Narayana Raju and his uncle Krishnam Raju Uppalapati has also made a name in Telugu cinema.

Many would have thought that his family’s film roots would lead him naturally into the film industry. But that was not the case.

Prabhas says he had denied his family’s suggestion to try his luck in the field, and that he still can’t put a finger on what made him change his mind.

“My uncle is an actor, my dad is a producer, so they asked me if I was interested, and I was like ‘How can someone act in front of so many people with lights and emote’. I used to feel shy… My parents asked me once or twice (about the decision to be an actor) and I said that it is impossible.

“I had thought I will do some business because I am lazy and I can’t do jobs. I had thought that maybe I will go into hotel business because our family loves food. And north Indian food is very famous in Hyderabad.”

So what changed his mind?

“This is what I remember, (though I) actually don’t know what happened inside my mind. One day I was watching my uncle’s film directed by Bapu. I imagined myself in my uncle’s character… Then I think it slowly started somewhere.”

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Prabhas, who started his career with Telugu film “Eeshwar” in 2002, says he faced a hard time making his family believe about his newfound acting ambition.

“One day, I told my friend that I want to act, and he didn’t believe me… He believed me after at least 10 days. And now he is the producer of ‘Saaho’.”

He made his place in the southern film industry with projects like “Raghavendra”, “Barish: The Season of Love”, “Varsham”, “Jeene Nahin Doonga”, “Chatrapathi”, “Yogi”, “Rebel” and “Pournami”.

But his role as Amarendra Baahubali and Mahendra Baahubali from the “Baahubali” universe changed the whole game for him, and made him popular both in India and around the world.

Filmmaker S.S. Rajamouli put together a story about the battle for control of an ancient kingdom between two brothers in two parts — with dance, music, emotion and drama.

The first part “Baahubali: The Beginning” came out in 2015 and the second “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” was released earlier this year. The second instalment will have its TV premiere on Sony MAX on Sunday.

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After “Baahubali” becoming a phenomenon, Prabhas admits that fear of failure with upcoming projects looms large.

“Fear of failure is definitely there for every film. It was present for ‘Baahubali’; then, after the first part, it was there for the second part. Now, there are so many expectations and audience wants to see something else… Fear is there, but what we can do is believe in something and try to make it.”

On the film front, Prabhas is busy with “Saaho”, which will mark Shraddha Kapoor’s Telugu debut. The film is being shot simultaneously in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. He also has a period love story in his kitty. (IANS)

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Teaser and trailer of Rajinikath starrer ‘2.0’ to be out in November and December respectively

The Sci-Fi movie has surpassed Baahubali when it comes to expense, which was reportedly made in the budget of Rs 150 crore

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  • Rajinikanth starrer ‘2.0’ is set to be released on January 25, 2018
  • It is one of the most expensive films of all time, surpassing even Baahubali
  • The teaser and trailer will be released in November and December respectively 

New Delhi, September 8, 2017: One of the most expensive films of all time, Rajinikanth starrer ‘2.0’ is all set to hit screens on January 25, 2018. Ever since the first look of the movie released in November 2016, it has created a frenzy among fans, who have, since then, been eagerly waiting for the movie, the trailer, or at least the teaser to show up.

2.0, initially, was scheduled for a Diwali release. Fans were disappointed with the announcement by the movie makers, of the movie being postponed to January 25, 2018.

“We are working on world class VFX, and it is taking time. An extensive portion of the visual effects work will be carried out in the USA, and our team is working in full swing now. So, we have zeroed in on January 25th, 2018 as the worldwide release date,” Raju Mahalingam told PTI.

In an end to this disappointment, however, the crew has an exciting update for the fans, the wait now is not too long. The creative head for the film has confirmed that the teaser and trailer will be released in November and December respectively, according to The Indian Express report.

“Festivities to Begin” Come Oct -Audio Release in Dubai!!! Nov-Teaser in Hyderabad and Dec-Trailer in Namma Singara Chennai!!! 2.0 Loading!!” Raju Mahalingam, the creative head of Lyca Productions, tweeted from his personal handle.

The team of 2.0, appears to have planned to cover places of all sorts in order to make the launch an even bigger event. The film will be released in Spanish, Chinese and Korean languages as well along with Tamil, according to the Times of India report.

2.0 is a sequel to the 2011 film ‘Robot’ (Enthiran in Tamil), in which Rajinikanth shared the screen space with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan He’s going to reprise his character as chitti and Dr Vaseegaran in the upcoming film, however, Akshay Kumar would be a new element playing a negative role in the movie.

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Akshay playing the antagonist opposite Rajinikanth has been one major reason for the buzz among the viewers. Akshay is making his debut in the south industry with 2.0. Akshay’s extraordinary look with golden eyeballs, long nails, rough eyebrows and a bizarre hairstyle has only added to the already beefed up excitement.

Amy Jackson is the actress in the movie and the film’s music is by AR Rahman.

The Sci-Fi movie has surpassed Baahubali when it comes to expense, which was reportedly made in the budget of Rs 150 crore.

-Prepared by Samiksha Goel of NewsGram. Twitter @goel_samiksha

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‘Baahubali’ to be screened at Busan film festival

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Chennai: S.S Rajamouli’s magnum opus “Baahubali”, which has turned out to be the biggest grossing Indian film ever, will be screened in the upcoming 20th edition of Busan International Film Festival (BIFF). BIFF will be take place between October 1 and October 10. “Baahubali” will be screened at Busan international film festival on Oct 4th, 7th and 9th. I’ll be attending on 4th (sic),” Rajamouli tweeted on Saturday.

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An international version of the film, which is 23 minutes shorter than the Indian theatrical version and edited by Vincent Tabaillon of “Incredible Hulk” fame, will be screened at the festival. The film, which is about the rivalry of two brothers for an ancient kingdom, will be screened in the Open Cinema section, which will also feature Salman Khan’s “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”. Starring Rana Daggubati, Prabhas, Tamannaah Bhatia and Anushka Shetty, “Baahubali” is jointly produced by Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni.

(IANS)