If there's a word to describe Baahubali, it has to be grand. Nobody would have ever imagined an ambitious movie such as this one, leave alone attempt it. Well, if India has an answer to Hollywood, it has to be Baahubali. With a production cost of a whopping 250 crores, this one's got to be one of the most expensive films produced in India. The director of the film, S. S. Rajamouli, spent a year on pre-production (something not every filmmaker does) and 109 days to get the waterfall shot right. It might be interesting to know that Jurassic World and Baahubali share the same VFX team of 800+ technicians.
This day, a year ago, this piece of work hit theatres. On its first anniversary, we thought it might be worth looking at its after-effects:
It changed Indian cinema
Baahubali was the first film to feature in BBC's documentary on 100 years of Indian cinema, before its release drawing attention to regional cinema, causing a paradigm shift. Releasing in various languages within the country and worldwide, Baahubali has managed to blur lines between south Indian cinema and Bollywood.
Broke box-office and world records
Baahubali has been the highest grossing non-Hindi film overseas. In the domestic scenario, the film made a whopping 100 crore in 36 hours and sold its satellite rights for 25 crores.
Apart from breaking box-office records, Baahubali holds a world record for having had the largest poster ever – 50,000 sq ft!
Made Rana Daggubati a household name across India
After Baahubali, Rana Daggubati was roped in for the Akshay Kumar starrer- Baby and various other movies in Tamil. This enabled him to carve a niche for himself in all three industries – Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.
Made Prabhas the highest paid actor in Telugu cinema
Film actor Prabhas ate about 6-8 meals a day inclusive of 40 egg whites while training for Baahubali. His hard work did pay off. Apparently, the actor took home 20 crores for the film, making him the highest paid Telugu film actor.
Surely, Bahubaali did push the envelope and took make-believe one step forward. That brings us to the most important of all after-effects:
It paved the way for a sequel– like the title suggests, that was just the beginning!