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

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.

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

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14:12 (ist)

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. 

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Apr 28, 2017 - 14:12 (IST)

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. 

Apr 28, 2017 - 15:28 (IST)

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. 

Apr 28, 2017 - 15:25 (IST)

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Apr 28, 2017 - 15:16 (IST)

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

Apr 28, 2017 - 15:10 (IST)

Apr 28, 2017 - 15:07 (IST)

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. 

Apr 28, 2017 - 15:01 (IST)

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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."

Apr 28, 2017 - 14:40 (IST)

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.

Baahubali 2 Day 1 Rajamoulis epic to witness recordbreaking box office collections

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.

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