It has been five years since an epic sensation was first witnessed by the cinephiles. It just did not change the fortune of the makers but gave a whole new dimension to Indian cinema. Though Prabhas has been in the industry for close to two decades, this movie became a game-changer for him and his career and made him what he truly deserves – a pan-India superstar. On the other hand, maverick director SS Rajamouli, who was also in the industry since two decades and also holds a rare record of having no flops till date, the success of the Baahubali series is equivalent to the sum of all other super hits that he delivered throughout his career.

Baahubali – A winner right from the start

One has to appreciate the belief and trust the makers had for this project. Even before the shoot started, Prabhas has given all his dates to this project and has kept his promise of sticking to just this movie until the shoot is complete. He spent almost half a decade of his career in the Baahubali series and what more can any director ask from his hero. The makers believed in the script and the making process and they knew that they were developing something big that the whole country would be proud of. Eventually, all their predictions came true and their hard work paid off.

Box-office records were redefined

The records created by the Baahubali series created recalibrated the metric of box office collections. A new term was coined titled “Non-Baahubali” records as this movie was far ahead of any other blockbuster movie that Telugu cinema has ever seen. The trade started defining Telugu movies as “Before Baahubali” and “After Baahubali”. Not just in Telugu, the movie went on to create records in all the major languages that it released. Prabhas box-office potential increased manifold and he has grown to a stature of becoming a Baahubali in Indian cinema.

The cast and crew catapulted to fame

While Baahubali – The Beginning managed to rake in close to INR 1000 Cr gross worldwide, the subsequent part managed to collect three times more than what the first part collected. All the records have been rewritten worldwide and it will take quite some time for these records to be broken in future. Rana Daggubati was also a revelation with this movie in the role of Bhalla. Anushka Shetty, Ramya Krishna, Satyaraj, Nassar, Tammanah, and all the artistes have played it to their galleries. The technical crew comprising SS Rajamouli, MM Keeravani, KK Senthil Kumar, Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao, Vijayendra Prasad, and all others involved have put in their blood to this project.

An interesting cut amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the makers have rightly conveyed a message that masks are now compulsory even in the kingdom of Mahishmati. Stay Safe as Time is Temporary, but Films are Forever.

On the occasion of successful completion of five years to a movie that changed the face of Indian cinema, we wish the cast and crew a happy 5th anniversary.