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‘Baahubali’ steered its way through many problems: Producer Shobu

Producer Shobu Yarlagadda must be buoyed by the phenomenal success of S.S. Rajamouli’s “Baahubali” franchise. But he says the film steered its way through many problems to emerge successful.

Speaking at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne which concludes on Tuesday, Yarlagadda spoke about the problems he faced while making his movies.

Rajamouli and Yarlagadda had previously worked together in Ram Charan’s “Magadheera”.

Speaking on the length and budget of “Magadheera”, he said: “The problem was the length – it couldn’t fit into three hours. We weren’t sure to let go of the story.

“That’s why we thought to do it as a two-part film. Rajamouli wanted to go back and try to accommodate it in a three-hour single film, but we stopped him from doing so.”

The team had to face a lot of problems before the release of “Magadheera”, but Rajamouli’s confidence helped steer through the obstacles.

“I had confidence in Rajamouli. The challenge was timeline and to stick to the budget. But we did surpass our deadline and budget. It started as a Rs 120 crore project and then it went further. We always knew the film had to be pan-India. It did get a North Indian release but it wasn’t justified I believe,” he said.

The planning changed for “Baahubali”.

“But for ‘Baahubali’, we started working on the Hindi release right from the first day and knew we had to do more to make it work pan India,” he added.

From the beginning, “Baahubali” was planned as a two-part film.

“We realised when the script was ready that there is so much from ‘Baahubali’ that can be told and not everything could be put into the film. So we started exploring options and putting things in place from when we started,” he said.

The “Baahubali” franchise is India’s biggest blockbuster with worldwide earnings of over Rs 900 crore.

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Rajamouli has special plans for Baahubali2 Chinese Release

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SS Rajamouli and his team accomplished their mission with Baahubali: The Conclusion and the film ended up as the country’s biggest blockbuster smashing all the existing records. Aamir Khan’s recent outing Dangal released in China recently and it raked Rs 1100 crores and is still counting. Baahubali: The Conclusion will have a wide release in China, Japan and Korea soon. After Dangal performing exceptionally well, SS Rajamouli and his team have special plans.

Rajamouli, Prabhas, Anushka and Shobu Yarlagadda will fly to China for promoting the movie extensively there. Rajamouli will lock the release date and he is holding talks with the distributors about a suitable release date of the film. Once the date will be out, Rajamouli along with his team will be in China to promote the film all over. The makers are expecting the film to perform exceptionally well after Dangal created a box-office storm in China.

Prabhas and Rana Daggubati played the lead roles in Baahubali: The Conclusion. Arka Media Works bankrolled the movie and MM Keeravani composed the music.

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Failure Story of ‘Baahubali’ Producer

After watching Baahubali, people might have wondered how come a producer who has made only 2-3 odd movies, dared to make the biggest motion picture of India. Well, producer Shobu Yarlagadda has suffered his share of failures before tasting success with ‘Baahubali’. Narrating the ordeals he had faced, Shobu said that Baahubali did not happen overnight for him.

After studying Environmental engineering in India, Shobu went to the US to do Agricultural engineering. He worked there for two years and returned to India in 1996. He first started a firm that procures natural spice oils. He spent around four years but quit the company as he was’t pleased with its progress.

Later, in the early 2000s when the software was booming, he started a dotcom company named Websmarts. Even that resulted into a failure. Then he joined forces with Prasad Devineni, who was also looking for an opportunity after facing a few business setbacks. With the guidance of veteran filmmaker K Raghavendra Rao, the duo then started making Television serials. During this period, they got acquainted with Rajamouli, who also started his career with serials.

After making 20-odd serials, in 2009, when Rajamouli was planning to do a small film, ‘Maryada Ramanna’ after scoring an industry hit with ‘Magadheera’, Shobu and Prasad lapped up the opportunity and produced the Sunil starre on Arka media works banner. While ‘Maryada Ramanna’ was still on floors, they launched ‘Vedam’ after getting impressed with the narration of director Krish. Shobu also worked as line producer for a few films including Mahesh’s Bobby’ and Balakrishna’s ‘Pandu Rangadu’ before venturing into production.

Shobu and Prasad had huge confidence in Rajamouli’s vision so they decided to bankroll Baahubali without having any idea of how much they might have to invest to complete the film. The rest of the story is known to everyone.

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Hope Rs 1,500 cr films augur well for industry: ‘Baahubali’ producer

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Producer Shobu Yarlagadda, the man behind the “Baahubali” film franchise, on Monday hoped the success of “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” and “Dangal”, which has opened newer markets, works in favour of the industry.

“Two movies have done back to back business of Rs 1,500 crore worldwide, opening up new markets! This hopefully augurs well for our industry,” Shobu tweeted.

Both “Dangal” and “Baahubali 2” have minted over Rs 1,500 crore and are continuing their golden run at the box office.

Although “Dangal” hit Indian screens last year, it released in China earlier this month, stirring up a box office storm.

Quoting a line from Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist”, he said: “Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.”

Shobu could be indirectly talking about the much awaited superstar Rajinikanth’s “2.o”, which is reportedly being made on a lavish budget of over Rs 400 crore.

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Prabhas to miss the Biggest Baahubali Bash

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Young Rebelstar Prabhas is found no where after Baahubali: The Conclusion turned out to be India’s biggest hit. After dedicating five complete years for the film, Prabhas dedicated his time for the promotions and he flew to USA after the film’s release. The actor is said to chill out with his friends for a month after which he will return back to the country for work. The actor even gave a miss for the London promotions recently which have been attended by Rajamouli, Anushka, Keeravani and Shobu Yarlagadda.

Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar who acquired the Hindi rights of the film has been completely amazed with the business the film has been doing. He has been praising the team of Baahubali and the top filmmaker is said to host a lavish party on the eve of the film’s success. The whole team of Baahubali is said to attend the bash which will take place in Mumbai and several Bollywood celebrities are said to make it for the event. However Prabhas will give the bash a miss as the actor will not make it to the country soon. Karan Johar is eagerly waiting for Rajamouli to return back to India after which the date will be finalized.

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‘Baahubali 2…’ team off to Dubai to promote film

The cast and crew of “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion ” including actors Prabhas, Rana Daggubatti and Anushka Shetty along with director S.S. Rajamouli will be descending upon Dubai to unveil the film in a promotional event on April 25 at Roxy Cinemas, City Walk.

The occasion will be hosted at City Walk by the film’s Middle East distribution partners Phars Film, Al Nisr Film & Cinema Company and AP International, said a statement.

Jean Marc, General Manager, Leisure and Entertainment, Meraas, said: “At Roxy Cinemas we celebrate the love of movies by going behind-the-screens to reveal the process and passion that goes into the art of film-making.

“We invite our guests to dive into the filmmakers’ creative process as they weave cinematic magic bringing an experience like no other in Dubai. We are therefore delighted to welcome the stars of ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’ to Roxy Cinemas, forging together that special relationship between our audiences and the silver screen.”

Also will be In attendance will be the producer of the film Shobu Yarlagadda.

Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), said: “Dubai Tourism is delighted that the producers of yet another epic film from India have chosen Dubai for the launch of their only overseas promotional campaign ahead of the film’s release.

” Expatriate Indians are a vibrant part of Dubai’s multicultural society and with Indian visitors constituting a significant segment of the international visitors to the emirate, we are happy to facilitate such renowned entertainment projects that would further boost visitor arrivals from India in line with Dubai’s Tourism Vision to attract 20 million visitors by 2020.”

Released in 2015, “Baahubali – The Beginning” went on to become the highest grossing Indian film within India and the third highest grossing Indian film globally; receiving national and international acclaim.

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Baahubali 2 to have Afternoon Premieres in USA

Baahubali: The Conclusion is the most awaited film this year and the movie is all set for a massive release on April 28th. With small hurdles disturbing the movie, the makers are leaving no stone unturned so that the film will get a massive release. SS Rajamouli directed this movie and the makers spent a bomb on the film. Now to recover all the investments, the makers and buyers have many special plans before the film’s release. Baahubali: The Conclusion will witness the biggest ever release for an Indian film and it is all set to hit the screens in 9000 screens approximately.

The Telugu version of Baahubali: The Conclusion will have special afternoon premieres in USA a day before the film’s release. Baahubali: The Conclusion will release on April 27th afternoon in USA. The Tamil and the Hindi versions will release on April 28th. Prahas, Rana, Anushka and Tamannaah are the lead actors in Baahubali: The Conclusion. With all the hurdles passed, Karnataka turned out to be a huge break and the makers are trying their best to sort out the issue at the earliest. Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni are the producers.

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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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