Baahubali 2 Day 1: Rajamouli's epic to witness record-breaking box office collections

FP Staff

Apr,28 2017 13:31 37 IST

Baahubali 2 Day 1: Rajamouli's epic to witness record-breaking box office collections

HIGHLIGHTS

  • For those of you who're just joining us, here's a quick recap: 

    SS Rajamouli's magnum opus Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (also spelt as Bahubali) opened across theatres in India and the world on Friday, 28 April 2017. A few previews were held on Thursday evening in select cities as well. 

    The film — which continues the story Rajamouli charted in 2015's Baahubali: The Beginning — seems to have met the massive fan expectations that had built up around it. 

    After seeing phenomenal advance bookings, opeining day for Baahubali 2 did have a few glitches: 

    For one, early morning shows in Tamil Nadu (especially in the Chennai area) were called off, leavings hundreds of fans disgruntled, as the local distributor had not settled his dues with Arka Media — the producers of Baahubali. Shows only commenced closer to noon. How this will affect the day 1 box office collections from TNB at this point is not known. 

    In Kerala too, there were issues with some multiplexes not starting their screenings till they had settled terms with the distributor in the state.

    Meanwhile, there were reports of minor setbacks in other locations — the wrong language version of the film (Hindi instead pof Telugu) being played at a Bengaluru theatre, and also the movie being exhibited in inverse order (second half screened before the first). In both instances, the audiences called out theatre management for the mistake, and requested re-screenings.

    At the moment, shows are progressing smoothly across India and overseas, and trade experts are already predicting record-breaking collections for Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. 

    The question now is — will it cross the rather intimidating seeming number of Rs 1000 crore? 

    As Baahubali 2 mania sweeps the country, the answer, overwhelmingly, seems to be — yes. 

  • On that happy note, we've come to the end of our day 1 updates of the epic release of Baahubali 2. 

    Stay tuned for opinion pieces, columns and box office reports of the film. 

    We will see you tomorrow with more updates on Rajamouli's epic saga, and we promise, we still won't reveal why Katappa killed Baahubali. 

  • Here's some interesting news. Shares of multiplex operators Mukta Arts and PVR have risen by 9% this friday with the release of Baahubali 2, reports Economic Times. #BaahubaliMania

  • Film writer Hemanth Kumar says in his piece that the Indian film industry can learn a thing or two from the Baahubali series. Read his piece here.

    "While it remains to be seen how well the film does in terms of numbers, here are five lessons that Indian film industry could learn from Bahubali 2’s success."

    His reasons include the famed #WKKB cliffhanger, credibility and hype that has to be earned not created and telling universal stories. 

  • For those of you who are interested in the costumes and the beautiful-looking jewelry that Anushka Shetty's character adorns in Baahubali 2, News 18 has all the lowdown. 

    "Amrapali, the official jewellery designer for the second film in Baahubali franchise, completed this mammoth task in a short span of time and sent approximately 1500 pieces to the film's team. Earrings - from traditional jhumkas to danglings, heavy necklaces, nose rings, bangles, rings, armlets and conventional maang-tikkas - all pieces have been specifically designed in tandem with the maker's vision."

  • And as we look back on the Baahubalia mania that has swept the country, this is a good time to revisit the words of producer Shobu Yarlagadda: 

  • Meanwhile, here's a pithy tweet that aptly sums up the level of Baahubali 2 mania, and the kind of phenomenal box office opening it seems — as per first impressions — to have garnered: 

  • And while we're waiting for more news to come in from across India, why don't you share your feedback with us? Did you think Baahubali2: The Conclusion has matched up to the pre-release hype? Did you prefer the original — Baahubali: The Beginning? And if yes, why? 

    Take our Twitter poll, and tell us what you think! 

  • Baahubali 1 and 2 have changed Indian cinema and Rajamouli has shown the world what Indian filmmakers can do.

  • Director SS Rajamouli has created a magnum opus that is visually Mind blowing, has strong content and is commercially successful. Baahubali 2 will be difficult to replicate.

  • Disclaimer: I will definitely be watching the film a second time. #BaahubaliMania

  • Truly no filmmaker in India has the passion, dedication and vision as Rajamouli does.

  • Meanwhile in Australia...

  • Some of the fans have compared the film to Hollywood movies.

    The Telangana government has allowed five shows of the film to be screened following a request from the producers.

    The fans of Prabhas, who plays the lead role of Baahubali, put up huge cut outs of the popular star to celebrate the release of the film.

    The social media is also buzzing with the heaps of praise with many offering the answer to the quintessential question, which has now become a national obsession-- 'Why Kattappa killed Baahubali?' 
     

  • Hyderabad: Director S S Rajamouli's magum opus Baahubali 2: The Conclusion opened to a rousing reception in Telangana's cinema halls.

    As the craze for the film reached a crescendo in the run up to its release, the fans queued up outside the theatres right from the early hours today.

    "I came at 5 AM. I got a ticket for the second show (that begins in the night). I wanted a ticket for matinee or first show. But I am happy that I got a ticket," Anusha, a college student, said in Kukatpally area here.

    Those who have so far watched the film in the early morning shows, have applauded the movie for its content and the extensive visual effects.

  • It's important to remember what's important. :)

  • Point to be remembered: The background score for the film is on par with some of the best Hollywood films

  • The theatre is silent as everyone is immersed in the film and story. Kattappa (Sathyaraj) plays a key role in Baahubali 2. Lots of whistles and claps when Prabha's fights the villains

  • Speaking of blockbusters, Ramya Krishnan has immense screen presence. 

  • Anushka Shetty looks gorgeous in the film - her outfits, jewellery and styling is excellent.

  • Twitterati on finding out the movie ticket prices of Baahubali in Bengaluru, AP and Telangana. 

  • Baahubali 2 show in Chennair starts to hoots, whistles, claps and cheering for 5 minutes straight.

To be or not to be is not the question anymore. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is sure to be a blockbuster, probably the biggest of India yet, in the coming weeks. As the fans gear up for the release of SS Rajamouli's epic saga, they cannot wait to join the dots and tie up all the loose ends that were left in the original, Baahubali: The Beginning.

Poster of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion

Poster of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion

Baahubali-The Beginning (2015) is essentially about a tribal warrior boy, Shivudu (Prabhas) who learns about his past as he travails from his village and awaits his destiny. The story is set in and around the fictional kingdom of Mahishmati. On the backdrop of a mighty water fall, an old yet regal lady (Sivagami played by Ramya Krishnan) tries desperately to save a baby from a few attacking soldiers, but dies in the process. A tribal chief and his wife adopt that baby boy as their son.

Egged on by curiosity and courage, the boy (Shivudu) makes a daring journey against the wishes of his mother, where he is smitten by a rebel (Avantika played by Tamannaah) whose cause he willingly takes up. This is what brings him to Mahishmati Kingdom, and makes him confront his legacy.

He saves the trapped and enslaved queen, later revealed to be his true mother (Devasena played by Anushka Shetty). He learns about his father, the benevolent and righteous Amarendra Baahubali, and his ambitious uncle Bhallaladeva — as told by a loyal warrior Kattappa.

The buzz around Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is palpable.

The entire star cast has reiterated that while the first part was high on visuals and special effects in order to lure the audience into the world of Baahubali, the sequel emphasises more on drama, emotion and story. It is not short on the action front as there are two wars in the film.

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is produced by Shobu Yarlaggada and Prasad Devineni's Arka Media Works. It is being simultaneously released in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam. Its Hindi version has been taken over by Karan Johar's Dharma Productions who are also marketing and distributing it like they did for the first part.

The film has already done a tremendous pre-release business as documented by Firstpost columnists Sreedhar Pillai and Latha Srinivasan. Pillai reports that Baahubali 2 will be releasing in nearly 9000 screens, the highest ever screen count for a Indian film.

Baahubali 2 has got this summer's best release date – 28 April. It is a four day weekend with Monday, 1 May being a national holiday. The film has received a massive response in advance booking, particularly in the southern states of Hyderabad, Telangana and Tamil Nadu.