The concept of a film series or movie franchises started in Indian cinema even before it began in Hollywood or in any other film industry. Going by the reports that are released by various film archives and magazines, the first film series in India was the Hunterwali film series with two films, Hunterwali (1935) and Hunterwali Ki Beti (1943). In the British film industry, it was with the first James Bond film, Dr. No (1962) and in Hollywood it began with the first Star Wars film, A New Hope (1977). But over the years, Hollywood and global cinema has come a long way. They create a whole universe for their fans to enjoy.
Some of the movie franchises that are globally famous are the Harry Potter series and movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe like The Avengers, Iron Man, Spider-Man etc. Indian cinema also has some popular ones like the Munnabhai series, Dhoom series (Hindi), Singam series (Tamil), Kick series (Telugu), Dasan and Vijayan film series (Malayalam) and the Kakababu series (Bengali) to name a few. Most of these though are limited to regional boundaries. With Baahubali, the wait for Indian cinema to have a movie franchise of its own that not only garners national level popularity and beyond but also creates a world of its own has come to an end.
The Baahubali franchise has been able to gain a humongous fandom nationally. That’s evident by the fact that Baahubali 2: The Conclusion trailer is the most liked and most viewed Indian trailer on YouTube till date. On April 28, the fans and all the cinephiles across the country will finally get the answer to the infamous question – Why did Katappa kill Bahubali? But the curtains will not fall anytime soon on this epic creation. During the trailer launch, the director S. S. Rajamouli said that "We are going to continue the world of Baahubali". Let’s take a look at how the makers are planning to do so.
The first issue of the graphic novel titled, “Baahubali – The Battle of the Bold” is out now. It's created in association with Graphic India and Arka Mediaworks. The issue is available at Graphic Pop App. You can read the tales of younger Baahubali and Bhallaladeva. So, if you haven't read it, then download the app from Google Play Store and enjoy the tales of your favorite characters.
S. S. Rajamouli makes his debut as a VR film director with “The Sword of Baahubali”. Team Baahubali showcased the teaser at IIFA Utsavam 2017 and have carried out a road trip to Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema. It is created in association with Arka Mediaworks and AMD Radeon Technologies group.
The Rise of Sivagami, the first book in the ‘Baahubali novel trilogy’ penned by author Anand Neelakantan was released in English in March 2017 and has already found its place in the Amazon India’s bestseller rank list. The book will be translated in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu and will be released by the end of this month. The book has been published by Westland Books and Graphic India. So, what are you waiting for? Order your copy now and delve into the glorious past of the Mahishmati Empire to know what happened before Baahubali: The Beginning.
Recently, Rajamouli also announced that the Baahubali team is planning to turn the ‘Baahubali books’ into a TV series. It will be a seasonal show with 10 to 13 episodes.
The first episode of "Baahubali – The Lost Legends" is now available on Amazon Prime Video. The series is presented in partnership with Graphic India. The series is set before Kalakeya tries to invade Mahishmati Empire.
The Baahubali merchandise is already available in the form of apparels, accessories, phone cases, laptop skins, wall decor, notebooks, coasters, badges and more.
The makers will very soon launch the mobile game in partnership with Graphic India and Moon Frog.
The world of Baahubali is here to stay. Watch this space for more interesting updates about Baahubali franchise. You can also book your tickets for Baahubali 2: The Conclusion here and don’t forget to check out our review on April 28.
– Nitin G Thomas