The magnum opus that changed the way the Indian audience looked at South Indian cinema released on July 10, 2015. The kind of attention Baahubali: The Beginning brought to Indian cinema the world over is nothing short of spectacular. The re-release of the first part of this classic franchise on the April 7 this year is proof of how much the audience loved it. The movie was screened in over 1000 screens when it re-released and it was evident that the world of Baahubali will forever be with the fans even after the second and the final installment of the film Baahubali 2 : The Conclusion releases on April 28, 2017.
So here are some trivia about Baahubali: The Beginning that you should know, as a Baahubali fan!
- Baahubali: The Beginning entered the INR 100-crore club within 35 hours of its release in 2015.
- Baahubali: The Beginning beat the Salman Khan-starrer Bajrangi Bhaijaan in 2015 to become the highest-grossing movie of the year. Not only was the movie the highest-grosser of the year but also raked in about INR 650 crore, making it the only non-Hindi movie to earn as much and also the third-highest grossing Indian movie all time as of 2017.
- Up until 2017, Baahubali: The Beginning was the most expensive Indian movie to be made with a budget of a whopping INR 180 crore.
- Apart from breaking various records in India, Baahubali: The Beginning also created a record in the Guinness Book of World Records for a poster as large as 50,000 square feet.
- Before Rana Daggubati was roped in to play the role of Bhallaladeva, the producer of the movie, Shomu, had considered approaching American actor Jason Momoa, who is best known to play the role of Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones.
- Director S. S. Rajamouli took about 109 days to complete shooting the famous waterfall scene in Baahubali: The Beginning.
- From the INR 180 crore of the budget, S. S. Rajamouli spent roughly INR 30 crore just on shooting the climax scene.
- The magnum opus Baahubali: The Beginning was featured on BBC's documentary 100 Years of Indian Cinema even before its release.
- The big-budget movie had as many as 800 VFX technicians involved in its making.
- Baahubali: The Beginning is set in the fictional Indian kingdom of Mahishmathi in the 9th century.
- Baahubali: The Beginning went on to win two National Film Awards at the 63rd National Film Awards for Best Feature Film and Best Special Effects.
- Baahubali: The Beginning was dubbed in two foreign languages – German and French.
- Baahubali: The Beginning has four music albums – Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Hindi. While the Tamil and Telugu albums have eight songs each, the Malayalam and Hindi albums have seven songs each.
- Bollywood actress Sridevi was initially offered the role of Sivagami, however, the producers reconsidered their choice after she demanded INR 6 crore for it. The role eventually went on to Ramya Krishnan.
- Rana Daggubati, who plays the role of Bhallaladeva in the movie, once said in an interview that his portrayal of Bhallaldeva is highly inspired by Daniel Day-Lewis.
- S. S. Rajamouli's magnum opus is inspired by the Indian comic book Amar Chitra Katha.
- Apart from directing the movie, S. S. Rajamouli also made a cameo in Baahubali: The Beginning, where he was seen playing the role of a spirit teller.
- A novel titled The Rise of Sivagami was launched in 2017, which is a prequel to both movies in the Baahubali film series.
- Owing to its 5-hour-long final cut, S. S. Rajamouli had to release the movie in two parts.
- A 125-feet tall statue of Bhallaladeva is erected in the first installment of the Baahubali film franchise.
- Karan Johar considers Baahubali to be Indian cinema's Avatar.
- The makers of Baahubali gifted Prabhas a number of gym equipment for him to prepare for his role in the movie.
- It is said that Prabhas was paid over INR 20 crore for being a part of the Baahubali series, making him the highest-paid Telugu film actor.
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