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How Baahubali entered the Rs. 200 crore club within five days

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Chennai: It took S.S. Rajamouli’s magnum opus “Baahubali – The Beginning” just five days to enter the Rs.200 crore club worldwide, making it the fastest Indian film to achieve the rare feat. It has set several new records, has proved that a film need not always require a superstar to become a blockbuster and has successfully blurred the line between southern cinema and Bollywood.

One of the biggest achievements of the Rs.250 crore film is that it’s being celebrated unanimously across the country. No other south Indian film before has received the kind of reception “Baahubali” has been getting.

“Nobody is asked whether they watched the Tamil, Telugu or Hindi version of the film. Irrespective of the language, ‘Baahubali’ is being watched and that in itself is an accomplishment for the makers,” Karthik Kumar, a Bangalore-based techie, said.

“I’ve already watched the film in Tamil and Telugu. I’m planning to watch it in Hindi as well. It didn’t feel like it’s a dubbed film, thanks to the effort the team has put into to make it look authentic,” Karthik said.

“Baahubali”, about two brothers at war for an ancient kingdom, and which stars Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty and Tamannah Bhatia in the lead roles, is one of those highly successful rare dubbed films. It came out on July 10 in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi parallelly.

The Hindi dubbed version of the film has netted a whopping Rs.46.77 crore, trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared on Friday.

“It’s not just the Hindi version. The film has done extremely well in Tamil as well as Malayalam too. In Tamil Nadu, where the film has released in Tamil and Telugu, it netted nearly Rs.15 crore from first five days, while in Kerala, it has netted over Rs.3 crore,” said trade analyst Trinath.

According to Alok Tandon, CEO, INOX Leisure, different versions of the film have done well in different locations.

“In the whole of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Bangalore for example, the Telugu version has witnessed tremendous footfalls, whereas in Chennai, the Tamil version is doing extremely well. The Hindi version is attracting huge audience in other parts of the country,” Tandon said.

In INOX properties, “Baahubali” is one of the highest grossing non-Hindi language films, according to Tandon.

It is every essential for any big film to sustain the first Monday after release and continue its strong run during the weekdays. “Baahubali” passed that test with flying colours.

Filmmaker Karan Johar, who distributed the Hindi version of the film, posted on his Twitter page on July 13: “When the Monday exceeds the Friday you know the film has won the hearts of all!!!!! #BaahubaliA(sic).”

Monday numbers are very crucial for any big film’s success, said Trinath, and added: “When the Monday numbers didn’t even show slight dip, ‘Baahubali’ was on its way to become a blockbuster.” In Bangalore, Urvashi Cinemas, one of the biggest theaters in the city, has decided to continue playing “Baahubali”, snubbing superstar Salman Khan’s “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”. “Even on weekdays, we’re witnessing occupancy of nearly 90 per cent. We’re playing the Telugu version, and the response has been exceptional. We’ve decided to continue playing ‘Baahubali’ for this week instead of ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’,” a theater representative said. “Baahubali” has also turned out to be one of the biggest grossing non-Hindi films overseas, especially in US, a market that belonged to the stars. As on Wednesday, the Telugu version of the film minted over Rs.30 crore from US market. The film registered the highest opening and opening weekend for an Indian film at the US box office, with a per screen average collections of $17,000, second only to “Minions” with $27,000 over the weekend. The film has achieved appreciation from all quarters. From industrialist Anand Mahindra to Indian cricketer Ashwin Ravichandran, everybody has heaped praise on the movie.  

Andhra Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu wrote: “I congratulate @ssrajamouli & team for creating a masterpiece like #Baahubali. He has showcased might & pride of Telugu Cinema to the world (sic)”

As the title goes, this is just ‘The Beginning’ for “Baahubali”.

(IANS)

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Top 10 movies of Shruti Haasan you must watch

Shruti Haasan has been a recipient of great pressure due to her father, Kamal Haasan, who is the mega star of South Indian Film Industry.

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Shruti Haasan is a multi talented beauty who is skilled in acting, dancing and singing, Wikimedia Commons.
Shruti Haasan is a multi talented beauty who is skilled in acting, dancing and singing, Wikimedia Commons.
  • Shruti Haasan is a multi-talented entertainer who has been winning audience’s heart since her debut in the film industry.
  • She works in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu language films mainly.
  • She has won many awards and accolades for her performances in various movies.

Shruti Haasan is a well-known name in both the Bollywood and the South Indian film Industry. She is not only beautiful but also multi-talented. She is an actor, dancer and singer, and has proved her mettle in all the three fields of entertainment.

Shruti Haasan has been a recipient of great pressure due to her father, Kamal Haasan, who is the megastar of South Indian Film Industry. However, despite that, she has established herself as one of the most talented actresses in India. Her talent and beauty are unmatched.

Here is the list of 10 of her movies you must watch:

Gabbar is Back 

This movie starred Akshay Kumar and Shruti Haasan and revolves around the issue of corruption. Despite Akshay Kumar’s dominating presence in the film, Shruti Haasan managed to steal the spotlight. She played the role of a strong-willed woman who is strictly against crime. Her character is not very major but she still managed to make it shine throughout the film.

Luck

Luck was Shruti Haasan’s Bollywood debut. And she made a lasting impact by delivering an amazing performance. She proved herself a competent and talented actress. She also displayed her singing skills in the movie as she sang the title track of the movie.

D-Day

Through this movie, Shruti established herself as a bold and versatile actress. She played a prostitute in this spy-thriller film and won hearts of the audience with her exquisite performance. This one can easily be counted as a milestone in her career. Despite this movie being a multi-starer, Shruti gained the spotlight with her outstanding performance.

7th Sense

7th Sense or ‘7aum Arivu’ is Shruti Hasan’s Tamil debut. It is a science fiction movie, which also featured Suriya, and was directed by A R Murugadoss. This one can easily be called the biggest hit of her career. It is a fascinating movie filled with science and history. Shruti Haasan through this movie made an effective entry in the Tamil cinema.

Gabbar Singh

A remake of  Salman Khan’s ‘Dabangg’, this movie also stars superstar Pawan Kalyan. In ‘Gabbar Singh,’ Shruti portrayed a village girl who falls in love with the hero. The role was rather a cliche but Shruti made it stand out by her excellent acting, screen presence and confidence. This hit film paved way for more success in Tollywood for her.

Race Gurram

This comedy movie saw Shruti Haasan play the role of a woman who doesn’t show her emotions easily. When she falls in love, she goes through a transformation. Shruti portrayed this transformation beautifully. This can easily be counted as one of her best performances. She also won the Filmfare award for best actress for this film.

Srimanthudu 

‘Srimanthudu’ is an excellent movie. Although this film is mostly focused on Mahesh Babu’s character, Shruti Haasan made her mark by portraying her character excellently. As the film goes on, her character gains importance and Shruti definitely did justice to it.

Anaganaga O Dheerudu

‘Anaganaga O Dheerudu’ was Shruti Haasan’s debut in the Telugu film industry. It was one of her most impressive performances, she took a difficult role and aced it with perfection. She won the Best female debut Filmfare award (Telugu) for this film.

3

Who can forget the infamous ‘Kolaveri Di’ song? It was from the movie, ‘3’ which is a romantic-psychological thriller. Shruti Haasan stars along with Dhanush as his wife in the movie. Her acting is outstanding and her expressions are on fleek in every scene. Her chemistry with Dhanush is also one of the main USPs of the film.

Ramaiya Vastavaiya 

In this Bollywood movie, Shruti Haasan played a simple, village girl who sees good in everything and everyone. This film was a sweet love story. It has sweet dialogues and the cute scene which makes it worth a watch.