SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus ‘Baahubali 2 – The Conclusion’ is still among the top draws of the fourth weekend though its earnings slowed down to Rs.15 crore range now, still far better than the newly-released ‘Half-Girlfiiend’ and ‘Hindi Medium’ or ‘Keshava’ in Telugu or in Kannada, Shivarajkumar’s ‘Bangara, S/o Brangarada Manushya’.
Amid unconfirmed news that Hindi ‘Dangal’ has grossed Rs.1,500 crore and moving to cross Baahubali 2 collections, analysts were perplexed at the number game being thrown in by Bollywood. ‘Baahubali’ has been seen as s South Indian film or a dubbed film, though it was able to mesmerize the audience all over the country.
Otherwise, Baahubali 2 has earned Rs.550 crore nett so far, earning more than Rs.100 crore nett from Delhi NCR region alone. The decline in Baahubali on Sunday was attributed to IPL 2017 final though the film is witnessing slowdown in its earnings haveing entered the fourth week.
Directed by SS Rajamouli, Baahubali 2 – The Conclusion features Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah Bhatia, Sathyaraj and Ramya Krishna in key roles while Tamannah’s role has been cut drastically to reduce the duration of the film and maintain the same VFX standards throughout the film.
S.S Rajamouli told IANS on the success of Baahubali 2:”We created the world of Baahubali for our actors to understand their character better. When we look at Baahubali and Bhallaladeva, the warring brothers, what we see in the film is just a minor part of their lives.”
“The world of Baahubali is so fascinating. I wish it doesn’t end. It shouldn’t end and I will pray for it,” he quickly added. Baahubali 3 is one major debate going on in social media currently and the director’s remarks are significant as Baahubali franchise fans my look forward to another film from the producers.
“The story of Sivagami, for instance, is so powerful and exhaustive, we realised it will work wonders as a novel,” Rajamouli explained the rationale behind making it a 3-part novel titled “The Rise of Sivagami” by Anand Neelakantan. In terms of animation series, “Baahubali: The Lost Legends” is already making waves.
“I’m a huge fan of Disney’s films… I’m glad we could visualise Bahubali universe through this medium. Even though it doesn’t cater to a larger audience as cinema, it’s widely popular and fast catching up in India,” he said. The animation is a partnership with Graphic India and Amazon Prime Video and was unveiled on Prime Video last Friday.
On his long-term plans, Bahubali director revvealed that his long-time desire is to make a film on Mahabharat. “You can imagine the scale on which it has to be made and it will be beyond anybody’s imagination. It’s been on my mind for quite long but I don’t know yet when it will happen.”