“Kattappa ne Baahubali ko kyu maara (Why Kattappa killed Baahubali)?” The big mystery dangling in front of all Baahubali fans since 2015 is finally out with the release of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. The movie has had a smashing success at the box office in its opening weekend. If you have already watched the movie then you know why and if you have not then it is probably because you were not able to get your hands on its coveted tickets.
It is not unusual to wonder if the Baahubali franchise is nothing but overrated. If you are one of the wonderers at S.S. Rajamouli’s dream project then fret no longer, we have all the answers.
5 years of Perseverance:
Baahubali franchise has been in the making for five – years three years being dedicated to first installment alone. A year of pre-production, a year of filming and a year of post-production with over 800+ technicians working on Art, Design and Visual effects only for the first installment is enough to let you imagine the hard work put in by the Baahubali team in this dream project. You can only imagine the amount of efforts put into the making of the second installment.
Prabhas, the protagonist and Rana Daggubati, the antagonist were not the first choices for the respective parts. The director considered casting Hritik Roshan and John Abraham as the lead duo. However, both declined.
Working for a project requires hard work but being the lead protagonist of a magnum opus like Baahubali requires single minded dedication. The viewers can sense that and that is why Prabhas deserves every bit of appreciation earned by him. In a span of three and a half years he, did not take up any other project. He built a volleyball court in his house to stay fit. His diet plan required him to consume 2000- 4000 calories in a day in order to weigh over 100 kilograms. The 37 year old even put his marriage plans on hold for this project. Talk about hard work and dedication.
Second innings for Anushka Shetty:
Anushka Shetty who portrayed Maharani Devsena, the wife of Amerendra Baahubali was able to get a second inning with director S.S. Rajamouli. Not many know but the visionary director does not repeat any of his actresses but he made an exception for the talented Anushka Shetty and she proved to be the right candidate. In order to play the older version of Maharani Devsena in the first installment, she gained 20 kilos and to play the younger version in the second installment, she enrolled herself in a weight loss routine in the US. Talk about commitment here!
Tamannaah: The Supporter:
Tamannaah’s portrayal of Avanthika, a rebellious warrior who has indulged in guerrilla warfare against the king of Mahishmati in order to free Maharani Devsena was highly appreciated. The director called her a value addition to the project. The supporting role not only brought her worldwide recognition but, also a nomination for best supporting actress at the 42nd Saturn Award. She lost it to Jessica Chastain for Crimson Peak but became the first Indian woman to be nominated in the said category. How did we miss this? :O
Link with Jurassic Park:
Baahubali franchise is one of a kind but it too has something in common with a Hollywood film. The VFX team that worked on this franchise is the one that worked on the masterpiece Jurassic World. The franchise is indeed setting higher benchmarks for the film fraternity in terms of film making.
Biggest opening for a Regional film:
Baahubali: The beginning had the biggest opening on the box office beating the record of Aamir Khan Starrer PK. The sequel also met with positive critical reception and smashed all box office opening records. It collected INR 128 crore in its opeaning weekend surpassing Dangal (coincidently again an Amir Khan movie) which collected INR 105.53 Crores.
The Second Part was never planned!:
Baahubali was not planned as a franchise. Earlier, only one film was supposed to be aired!. However later on, the budget for later part was increased, thus dividing the movie into 2 and turning it into a franchise.
Highest rated movie:
Baahubali: The beginning has a 8.3 rating at IMDb and the sequel has a 9.3 rating making both installments not only the highest rated regional films of all time but also the highest rated Indian film of all time on the said platform.
Karan Johar is also included in the project:
And last but not the least, the fact that many might be aware of, the eccentric director Karan Johar under his banner Dharma Productions is the distributor for the Hindi dub version of Baahubali.
How many of them did you know? Were all of them unknown? Do you know a few good one? Let us know in the comment section down below. J