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Prabhas, Rana celebrate Baisakhi in Chandigarh

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“Baahubali” stars Prabhas and Rana Daggubati visited Chandigarh University to celebrate the festival of Baisakhi on Friday.

During the college visit, Prabhas and Rana engaged in some Baisakhi special activities along with the students. They got into some fun game of fist fight as well.

Prabhas said in a statement: “Celebrating the festival of Baisakhi in Chandigarh has been a joyous experience for us. It was interesting to interact with young minds at the university and soak in the vibe of the festival in the city.”

It is the first city visit of the team for the promotion of their forthcoming film “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion“.

Produced by ARKA entertainment and directed by S.S. Rajamouli, the movie also stars Tamannaah Bhatia, Anushka Shetty and Sathyaraj.

The film is slated to release on April 28.

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More Confident About Baahubali 2 Than Baahubali: SS Rajamouli

Baahubali broke the language barrier to become a pan-Indian hit in 2015 but director S S Rajamouli says he was not as sure-footed about the first part as he is for the upcoming sequel Baahubali: The Conclusion. The first movie ended on a cliffhanger, leaving the audience with the question- ‘Why did Katappa kill Baahubali?’, which became a catch-phrase and sustained interested in the sequel.

“We were a little nervous during the first part but for this one we are quite confident because there has been a big fan-base which has been following it since the past two years. During this time, none of them lost interest in the film and it kept on going,” Rajamouli says. “Everyone wants to know the answer to the question,

‘WKKP’ (Why Did Katappa Kill Baahubali). We are quite upbeat about it,” he told reporters here last evening.

The two-part epic-fantasy stars Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah and Anushka Shetty in lead roles. Rajamouli says it was wonderful of South Indian star Prabhas to dedicate himself fully for years to Baahubali despite being a top hero of the industry. “The whole film ‘Baahubali’ was possible because of this man (Prabhas) who being a top hero in south gave three and a half years for the film. I don’t think we could’ve done it (the film) without him,” he says.

The filmmaker, however, says the franchise is so huge that no person, including himself, can be bigger than the project. “I think whether the director or producer or any other professional involved in it, we are all being carried on a big ship called Baahubali,” he says.

“‘Baahubali’ is such a big thing, we being the people who worked on it, are getting the attention. I don’t think I am a bigger person than the project,” Rajamouli says. He was speaking at the IMAX poster launch of Baahubali: The Conclusion, which is scheduled to release on April 28.

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Tamannaah to play deaf, mute in new film

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Actress Tamannaah Bhatia, who is all geared up for the release of her upcoming magnum-opus “Baahubali 2”, reveled that her next is with Vashu Bhagnani where she plays a deaf and dumb’s character.

“‘Baahubali’ helped me to realise that people want me to do different characters like now I have shot for a film in which I play a deaf and mute girl, gone completely sans make-up. It is a Hindi film produced by Vashu Bhagnani sir,” Tamannaah said during an interview on Thursday.

“I am also collaborating with Prabhu (Prabhudeva) sir again, but in a completely different framework. So, it would be very interesting for audience, who have seen us before, to watch us in completely different characters and framework,” added Tamannaah who was last seen with Prabhudeva and Sonu Sood in “Tutak Tutak Tutiya”.

Talking about the success of “Baahubali”, Tamannaah proudly said: “We have always looked upon Hollywood superheroes like Super-Man and Spider-man but ‘Baahubali’ is our own Indian Superhero and the connection people have made with this franchise is unprecedented.”

Asked about the re-release of the first part into theatres, she said: “It’s an honour for any actor to say that their movie is re-released after two years. I am happy that people are supporting the format of having the movie in two parts and that’s what makes it interesting. This will encourage other movie makers to make films in parts.”

While all other characters remain the same, Anushka Shetty will be seen in a new avatar in this movie. Asked about her experience of working with Anushka, Tamannaah said: “I have known her since the beginning of my career. She is the one who helped me in the beginning of my career. I wanted a costume designer and she helped me with it. She has actually enjoyed the five most peak years of her career in this film, which is a lot for a mainstream actress like her.”

What was the most interesting part in shooting the biggest blockbuster of Indian cinema? Tamannaah said: “I did a fullfledged action in a movie for the first time in my career. I had a lot of fear of height but ‘Baahubali’ has helped me overcome it.”

“Baahubali 2 – The Conclusion” that will finally answer the most awaited answer as to Why Kattapa Killed Baahubali will hit the screens on April 28.

The film is directed by S.S. Rajmouli with Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah, Ramya Krishnan, Nassar and Satyaraj in pivotal roles.

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‘Baahubali’ was possible because of Prabhas, says Rajamouli

Filmmaker S.S. Rajamouli says a magnum opus like the two-part “Baahubali” could be possible thanks to an actor like Prabhas, who has dedicated so much time to the project.

Rajamouli was at an event here for the IMAX poster launch of “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” on Wednesday.

Praising Prabhas, Rajamouli said: “The whole film ‘Baahubali’ was possible because of Prabhas, who being a lead actor in the south film industry, believed in this project and gave three and half years of his life to the film. I don’t think anybody can get so much involved in the project with that kind of passion, time and commitment.”

“I think whether director or producer or any other professional involved in it, we are all being carried on a big ship called ‘Baahubali’. ‘Baahubali’ is the ultimate product and we are the people who worked on it, so I don’t think I am a bigger person than the project,” added Rajamouli when asked about how a filmmaker often gets less attention compared to his film.

Speaking about the IMAX experience, he said: “It was 15 years ago when I first saw a film in IMAX format. In our childhood, we used to see film on 70mm screens and then suddenly we got this larger than life experience in IMAX, through which we literally felt like being in that space and time itself.

“So the first image I saw, and I decided to make my films in IMAX format. And today, when the dream has got fulfilled, it’s a quality moment for me.”

“Baahubali 2” has been digitally remastered in the IMAX format.

Its story lent itself to the format, Rajamouli said, adding: “People need to see it on bigger screens with wider sound to experience what we intended to see.”

“We have big theatres now but we still need more number of theatres to take the audience there. It’s a business model now to release the film in maximum number of theatres to get maximum viewership. And for a film like ‘Baahubali’, where people are anticipating so much about the movie that trailer of the film has crossed 100 million views is on par with any Hollywood film.

“So, it makes all sense to release the film at maximum number of theatres.”

The movie also features Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Ramya Krishnan in pivotal roles.

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Release Hurdles for Baahubali: The Conclusion in Tamil Nadu

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SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus Baahubali: The Conclusion is all set for a massive release across the globe and the film’s craze has been unbeatable. The makers have been promoting the film across the country and the film’s theatrical rights have been sold out for record prices. A film distributor based in Tamil Nadu approached Madras High Court as MS Sharavanan of Sri Green Productions left him unpaid. ACE Media approached Madras High Court as Sri Green Productions is yet to clear the debts of Rs 1.18 crores.

The dues have been promised to be paid before the release of Baahubali: The Conclusion but Sri Green Productions alleged that they have been making huge sum by selling the film to third parties ignoring them. ACE Media produced all the copies of the agreement before Madras High Court and the case is expected to be presented for hearing today. Arka Media Works is in talks with Sri Green Productions to solve the issue at the earliest informed sources.

Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka and Tamannaah are the lead actors in Baahubali: The Conclusion which will release on April 28th in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and Malayalam languages.

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Baahubali -2 Theatrical Trailer Review – Simply Majestic

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Baahubali – The Conclusion Trailer Review

The much awaited day is here. The trailer of Baahubali2, which is the follow-up to SS Rajamouli’s gung-ho and box office shattering epic fantasy Baahubali, is going to be unveiled today. Telugu360 got an exclusive glimpse into the 2 Minute 20 trailer and here is how it goes.

The trailer is majestically cut that will leave the viewers with an awe feeling. The trailer starts off with a rewind of what happened in the first part. Then , we are introduced to the mighty Mahendra Baahubali. Just like the first part, Rajamouli seems to have infused big hearted romance and rip roaring action episodes in the follow up,too. Also, the trailer promises that the film will have strong emotional content. Once again, the gargantuan statues of the medieval masonry will capture the attention of the audience straight away. A glimpse of a gaint elephant statue is showcased in this trailer.

What is more striking about the trailer is the sheer scale visual extravaganza and the swirling war episodes that are on par with Hollywood standards. The combination of VFX and CG effects coupled with the thumping background score given by Keeravani elevate the trailer to a notch higher.

Time frame of Major highlights in trailer :

  • At 54 seconds and at 1 min 12 sec, the CGI shots are amazing and top notch.
  • At 1 min 25 sec, Rana’s heavy whack with ‘Gadha’ on his enemy pumps the adrenaline further.
  • At 1 min 39 sec, the bicep fight scene is an ultimate capture.
  • At 2 min 10 second, the face off between Rana and Prabhas, who are covered with bloody gashes, is the biggest vow moment in the entire trailer.
  • On the whole, the scintillating trailer is on par with the sky high expectations and promises an adrenaline pumping war spectacle for audience this Summer.

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    All Time Top 20 Grossing Telugu Movies in USA

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    Top 20  Telugu MOVIES  in USA BOXOFFICE

    The table below contains figures for the Top 20 Telugu movies at the North America Box office. This table is updated periodically to reflect the latest reports.

    RankGrossMovie NameHeroYear of Release
    1$6,997,636BaahubaliPrabhas2015
    2$2,89,0786SrimanthuduMaheshbabu2015
    3$2,44,5037A.. AA..Nithin2016
    4$2,022,392Nannaku PremathoNTR2016
    5$1,897,541Attharintiki DarediPawan Kalyan2013
    6$1,784,119Janatha GarageNTR2016
    7$1,635,300Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle ChettuMaheshbabu, Venkatesh2013
    8$1,569,162OopiriNagarjuna2016
    9$1,563,466DookuduMaheshbabu2011
    10$1,538,515ManamNagarjuna2014
    11$1,482,435AagaduMaheshbabu2014
    12$1,430,026Bhale Bhale MagadivoiNani2015
    13$1,394,655Race GurramAllu Arjun2014
    14$1,330,1551 - NenokkadineMaheshbabu2014
    15$1,278,610BaadshahNTR2013
    16$1,250,000Son Of SatyamurthyAllu Arjun2015
    17$1,179,000PellichoopuluVijay Devarakonda2016
    18$1,156,451BrahmotsavamMaheshbabu2016
    19$1,087,285EegaNani2012
    20$1,070,404Sardaar Gabbar SinghPawan Kalyan2016
    $1,052,650TemperNTR2015
    $1,034,484Gabbar SinghPawan Kalyan2012

     

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    Baahubali to use emerging platform for publicity

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    Team Baahubali made waves when it released the magnum opus ‘Baahubali‘ without a single TV or Radio advertisement. Even in Hyderabad city, there was not even one single hoarding.

    Instead, the team made optimum and clever use of social media for maximum impact. It used messaging tools like whatsapp for maximum contact with fans. Now for the second instalment, the team is getting ready to maximise the usage of a hot new platform and that is snapchat.

    While the team used snapchat for promoting the first part as well, it was quite minimal. For the second instalment, the team will make use of this platform more extensively. Snapchat is currently the hottest emerging platform around the world among teenagers and young adults. Team Baahubali wants to maximise reach among this segment.

    The film is set for a 2017 release and shooting is currently underway.

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    Prabhas to unveil Express Raja audio on 19th

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    UV Creations share a good rapport with macho hero Prabhas who introduced them to Tollywood with his blockbuster hit Mirchi. The budding production house has bagged decent hits thereafter and is encouraging fresh talent in the tinsel town with sensible selection of the cast and crew for their films.

    Their forthcoming film Express Raja, starring Sharwanand and Surabhi, is gearing up to hit the screens on January 14th. Telugu360 has exclusively learnt Prabhas will grace the audio launch event which will take place on December 19th in Hyderabad. Directed by Merlapaka Gandhi, the film is touted to be road journey with gripping narration. The first look posters and trailers have caught up well with the audience

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    Young director gets a big boost from Prabhas

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    Young filmmaker Radha Krishna, who shot to fame with Gopichand’s stylish actioner Jil, is yet to wield the megaphone for his next. He has been working seriously on the script from the past couple of months. Earlier it was heard that he will work with Ram Charan for a romantic entertainer, but the project didn’t materialize due to unknown reasons.

    In a big boost to Radha Krishna, Prabhas has reportedly gave a go ahead signal to the director after he narrated a script recently. It is learnt that Young director gets a big boost from Prabhas. Close sources to Radha Krishna revealed that he is currently working on full draft and will meet Prabhas for the final round of script narration.

    If everything goes as per plans, Prabhas will work with Radha Krishna after completing Baahubali 2 and Sujith’s untitled project. Successful production house UV Creations, who introduced Radha Krishna as director, will bankroll the film.

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    Baahubali to be screened in Toronto Film Festival

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    Baahubali – The Beginning is all set to test international waters. After minting money in Telugu, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam markets, Baahubali is all set to make a splash in English. The re-edited English version of Baahubali will be screened to a private audience of dignitaries who are attending Toronto Film Festival. With this the makers are planning to pave the way for a grand International version release of Baahubali.

    Producers Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni will be present in person and supervise the screening of the film in Toronto. Baahubali – The Beginning gained loads of accolades for S.S.Rajamouli, Prabhas and Rana. Shooting of Baahubali – The Conclusion will commence next month.

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    Baahubali – 2 work begins

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    Baahubali – 2 ( The Conclusion ) is ready to take off. After a long break, thanks to pre-release publicity and post release promotions Team Baahubali is all set to stsrt work on the remained of Baahubali-2 shoot.

    30% of the talkie part for Baahubali-2 was completed simultaneously with Baahubali-1. Now the remainder of the film needs to be shot. Scripting work and pre-production for the remainder of the film started today with Madan Karky joining Rajamouli and team. Shooting of the film is likely to start in October end or November. Baahubali – 2 is being planned for early 2017 release. Prabhas and Rana are back to working on their physique. Anushka will be seen in a radically different avatar in this part when compared to part 1.

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    Press Release : Baahubali in Busan Film Festival

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    “Baahubali: The Beginning”, India’s biggest motion picture, will be screened in the Open Cinema category of the 20th Busan International Film Festival, to be held this year in Busan, South Korea from Oct. 1 to Oct. 10.

    “Baahubali: The Beginning”, the first of a 2-part epic drama, was directed by S. S. Rajamouli and produced by Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni of Arka Mediaworks. Released on July 10th 2015, Baahubali: The Beginning” has shattered numerous records and today it is the highest domestic grosser in the history of Indian Cinema.

    The ‘International Cut’ of “Baahubali – The Beginning” has been completed by editor Vincent Tabaillon of “Taken 2”,” Incredible Hulk” and “Transporter 2” fame and will be screened at BIFF. Busan International Film Festival, founded in 1996, is one of the most prestigious film festivals in Asia. Showcasing new innovative cinema and supporting new talent has been the focus of this event since the beginning. Busan IFF 2015 will feature a total of 304 films from 75 countries – of which, 121 will be World and International premieres.

    Sylvia Chang, respected actress and director from Taiwan, will be this year’s head juror, along with other well known personalities such as Anurag Kashyap, Kim Tae-yong, etc.

    Open Cinema Section of BIFF strives to feature works of wide popularity and success. A few other films that are to be screened within this category include the Chinese box-office hit “Monster Hunt”, Miyazaki Hayao’s classic animation “My Neighbor Totoro” and a Taiwanese youth melodrama “Our Times”. Baahubali: The Beginning” is scheduled for indoor screenings on Oct. 4 and Oct 7, and an outdoor screening on Oct. 9.

    S. S. Rajamouli will be at the screening of “Baahubali: The Beginning” on Oct. 4, which will be followed by a special Q & A session with the Korean audience and media.

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    Prabhas to endorse Mahindra SUV

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    Young Rebel Star Prabhas is on a roll. After the historic success of Baahubali is hot property in the market. Most reputed brand Mahindra has roped in Prabhas as its brand ambassador for its upcoming brand new SUV which will be launched in September 2015. Prabhas will shoot for this ad in Rajasthan from September 1st 2015. Prabhas right now has 6 brand endorsment offers on his table and will take a call once he is back from his USA holiday.

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    Kalakeya’s Messenger Speaks About Bahubali

    Teja Kakumanu worked in some inconsequential movies before bagging a traitor’s role in Bahubali. He is the man who is instrumental in sending a message to Kalakeyas to invade the Mahishmathi kingdom. An M.Phil and a Master of performing arts from Central University, he won a Nandi for his work in theatre too. Talking of his beginnings from a humble place from Tullur Mandal in Guntur, Teja quips, “There is no bus to reach Ambrajapuram, where I stay in Guntur. It is very remote. My brother is a chartered accountant and my father is an agriculturist. When I grew my hair two years back, people at my home place kept taunting and my father found it difficult to answer questions. When everyone were doing good jobs I was still struggling to find roles in movies.”

     

    Teja says he was called for an audition but for one month there was no phone call from the direction department, he had almost given up as rest of the selected candidates were already into training. When they called him he was asked to send a video of him riding a horse and Teja feared he would be included as one amongst the army and get faded. But to his surprise he was given a meaningful and an important role. “First day first shot was with me in Kurnool at Uruvakonda. The shoot went on for three days there. My role was narrated  only on the day of the shoot and I was told that I would be playing the role of a betrayer, that I would be scared of the brothers and if caught by them I would be killed. Since they will kill me, my only option would be to jump to death. I learnt the strange language well, Kilikili language was written by Madan, son of Tamil writer Vairmuthu’s son. It was a variety script and I couldn’t understand initially. I took up the role when I was 26, now I am 28,” he laughs.

     

    “There were some shots but they got chopped probably because of the length.  I am shown as a wicked and a cruel, jealous minister when the brothers test of strength takes place.  Since I am tempted by Kalakeyas for wealth I help them. The first day was the rope shot and there were no body doubles. We did single shots first, it shot by two cameras. First they showed me jumping and then Prabhas Anna jumped. It was so hot, ropes nalgipoyi chala ibbandhi paddam. It was so exciting, getting a chance in the film is something I waited for, why would I think of a risk, aakali tho unna to make it. Once the fighters did something wrong and the wire was loosened, I almost hit my head on the rock as I went in a reverse direction. Prabhas said jagrattha ga undu darling. My father is a happy man now as everyone is calling him and saying that I did a good job.”

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    Bahubali Review-A Modern visual extravaganza of an Old tale

    The original storyline of “Bahubali” must have been exactly like it was illustrated in the Amar Chitra Katha comic by the same title (whose influence was always acknowledged by maker SS Rajamouli) – two brothers Bahubali and Bhalla born to the same king vie for the Mahishmati kingdom, the king and the queen decide to have a decathlon of disciplines in which they compete with each other and the winner is one who is the mightier, nobler, kinder and the most-skilled of the two. [pullquote position=”right”]The much-awaited “Bahubali” takes us back in time to an enchanted world of a man whose destiny drives him from wilderness to take charge of a lost kingdom. Despite shortcomings, Rajamouli weaves a visual extravaganza that will make Indian film industry proud.[/pullquote]Eventually, Bahubali wins but he becomes spiritual and renounces the kingdom in favour of the same sibling who rivalled him since childhood. This part, the spiritual part could well be the second part (“Bahubali: The Conclusion”). But the part of the rivalry between the two brothers is inter-twined with a bizarre twist of a dual role by Prabhas who plays both the legendary Bahubali – competes with Bhalla Deva (Rana Daggubati) – as well as the younger Bahubali. The story gets padded to make a neat Chandamama tale of a son abandoned by a queen mother on the ravages of an empire, rescued by a tribal village living on the edge of its waterfall.

    Young  Prabhas  grows up in a hamlet ending on the riverside of a waterfall raised by Rohini. He grows up true to his name as a mighty and valiant man who can lift boulders, uproot trees and carry weighty Shiv Ling easily.[pullquote position=”left”]Prabhas looks thoroughly convincing in his title role – he has the best metrosexual looks in the South after Hrithik Roshan and makes the most of his body frame with an occasional swagger and twitch in the face to give back mouthfuls. Rana Daggubati, finally gets a role that suits his Herculean body-frame and the mischievous twinkle in his eyes [/pullquote]His destiny, she wishes is more towards Godly worship but it takes a turn towards romance with a Xena-like warrior Tamannah and eventually in the direction in which Tamannah takes – to the kingdom of Mahishmati ruled by the wicked king Bhallala Deva (Rana) in order to liberate Deva Sena (Anushka) from his clutches. Will Bahubali Jr. rescue Deva Sena, challenge Bhalla and find who his real father is and how he perished? That forms the second half.

    What makes “Bahubali” tick is the extra-ordinary visual feast and the detailed presentation of the main motifs of the story. While the first half has dazzling scenic grandeur in the forestry filled with lavish waterfalls and snow-capped valleys, the kingdom of Mahishmati towards the end of the first half and the whole of the second half takes the cake for extravagant settings although the graphics tell what is real and what is surreal. Like an Amish Tripathi work of mythological fiction, Rajamouli depicts the raw energy, swashbuckle and chivalry about the men and women who fight for a cause or a kingdom’s army and their paraphernalia of steel body-shields, helmets, bows, quivers and arrows, spears, boomerang balls hoisted on adjustable metal rods, maces, helicopter chariot-cars, the whole array of infantry and artillery formations and those gun-shot spherical balls which unnerve the opposing armies. We may have seen many of these in Hollywood films but the thrills of watching them again in a kingdom not far from our native settings definitely make the film a worthy watch. In the entire duration of 159 minutes, a few action sequences stand out in the first and second half like Tamannah’s rescue act by Bahubali Jr  and the sequence of Bhalla’s men chasing Bahubali post-erection of Bhalla’s statue.[pullquote position=”right”]What makes “Bahubali” tick is the extra-ordinary visual feast and the detailed presentation of the main motifs of the story[/pullquote]But the one that steals the show and undoubtedly gets the hat-tip from the audience is the magnificent detail and cinematography of Senthil that went into the battle ground  action that comes in the climax of the film. Stretching well beyond 35 minutes, this sequence will be remembered forever as Rajamouli’s finest output in building pace and emotion in a war scenario – something that will be benchmarked for Indian films hereafter and revered until Rajamouli himself decides to outdo himself whenever he is ready with a retelling of  Mahabharat-Kurukshetra (his dream project). Most films which had even average story redeem themselves in one or two action sequences – but Rajamouli aced it up well on this count with  eye-popping imagery and action by Peter Heins on this battle sequence where a grotesque-looking one-eyed King Prabhakar is outwitted and eventually outplayed by the Trisul formation of Bahubali, Bhalla and Satyaraj. I feel kids who soak up on Hollywood action movies of the BCE era will flock to see this sequence – it is that gripping and majestic. There are at least four or five mini-action sequences which sizzle.

    Action forms the nub of the film and one sees Rajamouli revel in this art – his main flaw is the fleeting romance between Prabhas and Tamannah. It is cute but not cute enough to embellish a serious tale like this which doesn’t have too many twists and more or less relies on flashback to render variety to the plot. Because Anushka’s meatier role is trapped in flashback which may be unveiled in the sequel, the romance part could have got beefed up in the second half, all we see is one rocking item song of three new “bad” girls from Bollywood. Comedy is seriously amiss but this has never been Rajamouli’s forte nor the mainstay in his films. Performances-wise and Characterisation-wise, Prabhas looks thoroughly convincing in his title role – he has the best metro sexual looks in the South after Hrithik Roshan and makes the most of his body frame with an occasional swagger and twitch in the face to give back mouthfuls – one scene rewinds you to “Chhatrapathi” but overall Prabhas delivers with a serene and supra-confident look throughout – if only his dialogue delivery improves he will outrun everybody else. A tanned Tamannah is the real surprise packet in the film – she is taut, lissome and makes the right moves to pursue her mission in the role as well as entrance Prabhas. The opening song of “Dheevara” in which she first appears makes the audience drool over her demure looks. She shows that glamour with action is the right prescription for her to go places.  Rana Daggubati, finally gets a role that suits his Herculean body-frame and the mischievous twinkle in his eyes – he gets a rare opportunity to gather some sunshine eluding him so far – by sparring with Prabhas in a never-before plot. He speaks the best Telugu in the film industry and if he can select roles like this instead of wasting his time in Bollywood as an also-ran, he can resurrect his fortunes. It doesn’t matter whether you are a hero or a villain – screen presence is all that matters and he has plenty of it, as proved in this film. Screen presence is also there for two other noteworthy characters in the film with standout performances – one is Ramya  Krishna as Sivagami, the queen mother. She is impressive and gives a dignified performance without diluting the tempo throughout. Her dialogues also uplift the main character of Bahubali in revving up heroism and bravery. Satyaraj gets the most interesting and convincing role in the story – as a slave-general who stands like a pillar of the Mahishmati Kingdom – his costumes and his transition into a trusted lieutenant adds weight and respect for his role. That one sequence of sword-fighting with a “Cameo-performing” Sudeep (“Eega” fame) is a real paisa-vasool. Satyaraj’s characterization is similar to another famous Amar Chitra Katha comic which depicts the legendary fall and rise of one of the most famous slave kings of the Delhi Sultanate – Balban. Sudeep, as an Arab trader makes a style statement even in a five-minute cameo. Nazar is forgettable. Prabhakar, as the gory and barbarian king who slugs it out in the climax battle gets a great role that will go down well with the masses – those bits of Turkish and Arabic tongue that he lashes out on the battle-field are the only comi-villain moments of the film. Anushka doesn’t have a role in the film except to show as a damsel in distress and in chains. Her best role is yet to come and those who loved the teaser of her role as Deva Sena will have to  wait longer till 2016.

    Technically, the film is brilliant in all aspects except in portions where the cardboard stills of the kingdom were not shown as authentic as the SFX. Editing lags a bit. MM Keeravani’s songs looked better on-screen than the soundtrack because of some good effects. The most melodious track “Pacha Bottesinaa..” is cut short after the first line of lyrics – this is quite typical of Rajamouli who squeezes in more action than the moments that can cascade some romance and relief. He has edited out the best song of “Eega” (“Are Are Are Aree..”) likewise. [pullquote position=”left”]Bahubali is a rare treat on an Indian Canvass that made a once-in-a-generation noise and unlike other potboilers of recent past which bombed because of disparity between hype and expectations, this one has a better consistency check and good quality action-oriented entertainment. This needs to be celebrated and applauded despite its shortcomings.[/pullquote]But where Keeravani outclasses himself is in the BGM –he uses the sounds of the characters to cloud out his music sometimes, at other times, he uses bare silence to make the scene stand out. He is easily the most under-rated music composers of Indian Cinema – having got three different screen names in Tollywood (as MM Keeravani), Kollywood (Marakatamani) and Bollywood (MM Kreem). Only Rajamouli and few others like K Raghavendra Rao have used this home-grown talent called Keeravani well. The BGM for the film definitely makes the film more sonorous to watch. Senthil’s cinematography is definitely breath-taking – it uses more wide-canvass lens to make each frame pop out on-screen.

    What mars the film, apart from lack of comedy and romance in full swing is the story which is uni-layered and the abrupt ending after the battle scene. Even if Rajamouli has chopped off some action sequences in the first half, the output would have delivered a knock-out punch had he concentrated on some emotions that failed to evoke – like the mother-son sentiment between Ramyakrishna and Prabhas, or the epochal moment of coronation or the pathos of Anushka or the sibling rivalry between Rana and Prabhas. But in all fairness, the output is consistent with Rajamouli’s talents and promise, it doesn’t disappoint and definitely deserves a watch once.  In Hollywood films made on the Superheroes like Batman, Spiderman and Superman are never rated but get a universal applause, even if they are under-rated. In my view, “Bahubali – the Beginning” is one such film  – it is rated for the part of the critical analysis but the rating doesn’t have to influence your decision to watch just like the Superhero films. You will not be disappointed with it. This is a rare treat on an Indian Canvass that made a once-in-a-generation noise and unlike other potboilers of recent past which bombed because of disparity between hype and expectations, this one has a better consistency check and good quality action-oriented entertainment. This needs to be celebrated and applauded despite its shortcomings.

    Telugu360.com Rating: 3.25/5

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    King Prabhas Fans – Unprecedented Hungama

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    Tollywood King Prabhas’s baston town Bhimavaram is in festive mood on the occasion of Bahubali release.Reportedly a total of 9,000 Flexis and Cutouts  are set up in Bhimavaram town alone by King Prabhas darlings.  Above gallery showcases few of those flexis – Exclusive to Telugu360.com

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    Nassar on Baahubali, Excl Interview to T360

    Why is Rajamouli unique?

    I love working in mythology as I am from theatre. I wait for such opportunities like fantasy, mythology. I have done various films but this is beyond Indian standards,. Indian cinema has evolved to a great standard of an epic, what I like in Rajamouli is he hasn’t set a time and genre for himself. Simhadri, Sye and he made a spectacular Magadheera and suddenly zeroes into a  fly and makes a blockbuster and now does such a gigantic Bahubali. He has surpassed himself in this process.

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    “Bahubali” – Greed and Fear?

    Is it justified for the makers of “Bahubali” to sell the movie rights based on the collection figures of “Atharintiki Daaredi”?

    As we go into the week which will see the release of much-awaited blockbuster “Bahubali”, it is relevant to note that valuations for this movie have touched a new high.  Last heard that producer Dil Raju bought the entire distribution rights for the film for Nizam territory for a whopping Rs.25 crores. This is very high because the last record for Nizam touched Rs.24 crores for “Atharintiki Daaredi”. While the expectations were sky-high for “Bahubali”, what is arguable is whether “AD” valuation should be a benchmark for “BB”.

     

     [pullquote position=”right”]A good film that goes on to become a blockbuster ultimately leaves a lot of money on the table for everybody – producers, exhibitors and the distributors. Can Bahubali with inflated valuations bring in profits for all the involved parties? [/pullquote]
    Why is “Atharintiki Daaredi” different and why should its collections not be seen as a benchmark?
     
    Many reasons. One, “AD” got released amidst turmoil on the bifurcation of the undivided Andhra Pradesh into two states. Most films before and after “AD” flopped but “AD” stood like a solid rock amidst uncertainty on how the film industry will weather the crisis of state bifurcation. The content and the emotional appeal of the film made everybody flock to the theatres and make the film a blockbuster.

     

    Two, the film saw unprecedented repeat audience – a factor that never gets talked about in all inflated valuations. Out of Rs.24 crores collections, at least Rs.8-9 crores would have come from repeat audiences, not first-time audiences. The original price of Nizam territory got bid for around Rs.14 crores for “AD” and so the final collection made a super profit of Rs.10 crores for the distributors of the film. But if you  leave no juice for the distributors for “Bahubali”, you are either betting that all the people will see it once or the movie has enough in its stable to attract new audiences and even repeat audiences. But the fact to note is that a film will only become a superhit not just because of the fan base or the movie’s content and popularity but also repeat audiences and new audiences.

     

    From the blitzkrieg of publicity since the teasers of  “Bahubali”, definitely expectations are high that this is a different film where many native and non-native movie-lovers will be driven to the theatres to watch the film. But the lesson to note here is that, if you hitch-hike your expectations on the basis of the last valuation of another blockbuster, it may not always be in the best interest of the Trade and Business of Tollywood. Recent misses of some of the hyped-up films from Superstar Rajinikanth, director Shankar and Kamal Hassan have only shown that. A good film that goes on to become a blockbuster ultimately leaves a lot of money on the table for everybody – producers, exhibitors and the distributors. Lets hope “Bahubali” belongs to the exception, even if the valuations got stretched.

     

    S.Sridhar

     

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