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Box-office tsunami - BĀHUBALI breaks all records

Since July 10th it has been a matter of rethinking because the post-BĀHUBALI era has begun. Gone are the days when Indian films, especially films from the South Indian film industries, could be safely ignored. Because the Telugu film BĀHUBALI: THE BEGINNING sparked an international storm at the box office and is currently breaking all box office records. The mammoth work also made it into the top ten of the American cinema charts.

The theatrical release of BĀHUBALI: THE BEGINNING, the first part of the two-part five-hour epic by master director S. S. Rajamouli, was like a tsunami wave that stunned not only Indian but also international box-office observers. BĀHUBALI (also Baahubali) is not (!) A Bollywood film, but a work from the South Indian Telugu film industry * (Telugu Cinema, Tollywood), which was launched worldwide with around 4,200 screens and even premiered in major German cities. Since then, the gigantic historical epic has broken one record after the other. The box office results on the premiere day alone are phenomenal.

With a result of 0.75 billion rupees / around 12 million US dollars, of which around 0.5 billion come from within Germany, BĀHUBALI: THE BEGINNING not only achieved the highest result that a South Indian film could ever record on the premiere day, but pulverized even the records of the great North Indian Bollywood blockbusters HAPPY NEW YEAR, DHOOM 3 and PK. This is particularly noteworthy because the Hindi film industry (Bollywood) and its actors are much better known in the international market than the South Indian film industries and their stars.

BĀHUBALI: THE BEGINNING cracked the one billion rupee hurdle on the second match day - faster than any film before. With a staggering 1.35 billion rupees / around 21.2 million US dollars (net 1.12 billion rupees / 17.6 million US dollars), the film not only smashed all records for South Indian films, but also those of the previous North Indian record holders PK, KRRISH 3 and CHENNAI EXPRESS. On the third day (Sunday), Bāhubali increased again and posted a worldwide grossing of 1.97 billion rupees / around 31 million US dollars (1.69 billion rupees / 26.6 million US dollars net) for the first Weekend and breaks another record of the previous leader PK. The next few weeks will show whether the battle epic can break the overall box office result of PK, the most successful Indian film to date. In any case, the chances are good, especially since the Indian press revealed that further dubbed versions are planned for the East Asian cinema markets, where Indian films are posting considerable revenues.

The cinema release triggered hysteria everywhere. For example, the Prasad multiplex cinema in Hyderabad, which can occupy 3,358 seats per show, sold around 15,000 tickets in just one day. The queue in front of the box office reached into the street and from there over a kilometer along it. Since the premiere, film fans from all over the world have been tweeting every second and vent their enthusiasm. The press is also bursting with hymns of praise. The focus of the discussion is S. S. Rajamouli, the director who created a masterpiece and makes an entire film nation proud. The Telugu-speaking film fans in particular are absolutely delighted with the groundbreaking success of a work from “their” Telugu film industry.

Here is the story trailer with English subtitles:

The production time of the historical epic stretched over three years, of which 383 were pure days of shooting. The film was shot simultaneously in the two South Indian languages ​​Telugu and Tamil to serve the two largest Indian film industries, Tollywood and Kollywood. In addition, dubbed versions were made in Hindi, Malayalam, English and French in order to cover other Indian film markets and also to make the work accessible to an international audience.

The Hindi dubbed version of BĀHUBALI: THE BEGINNING realized for the north of India achieved the highest box office results that a film dubbed in Hindi could ever achieve on the first game day, placing it ahead of FAST & FURIOUS 7, JURASSIC WORD, THE AVENGERS - AGE OF ULTRON and THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN. According to industry expert Taran Adarsh, the Hindi version increased by a staggering 40 percent on the second match day and is still on a record course.

BĀHUBALI: THE BEGINNING set further records in the USA. With just 236 screens (Telugu version: 170, Tamil version: 66), the mammoth work immediately landed a new entry at number ninth on the American cinema charts. Over the weekend, the Telugu film grossed around $ 3.6 million and thus remains in the top ten on the US cinema charts. The film also ranks 9.4 on the international film platform

With a budget of 2.5 billion rupees ($ 40 million) for both parts, BĀHUBALI is the most expensive film ever made in India. In relation to the budgets of comparable large-scale Hollywood productions, that is just pocket money. But the inclined film fan does not have to do without the most modern technology, an international look as well as magnificent backdrops and an epic battle with 100,000 warriors, horses, war elephants, chariots, huge catapults and 2,000 extras. Behind the camera acted the crème de la crème of Indian film crews, including 25 national award winners.

Art Director Sabu Cyril had gigantic sets built that put the capacities of the Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad, the largest film studio in the world, to the test. What could not be built was created on the computer. S. S. Rajamouli employed over 600 VFX artists in 18 companies from India, the USA, Malaysia and South Korea and once again as many sculptors, sculptors, painters, costume designers and and and. This impressive video reveals how the opulent world of BĀHUBALI came about.

Respected director and producer Karan Johar, who is promoting the Hindi dubbed version for Bollywood audiences in northern India, revealed in an interview that BĀHUBALI is world class in every way. He regretted that such films would not be made in Bollywood (Hindi Cinema), as the highest possible box-office results would be targeted here and the creativity that would distinguish South Indian filmmakers, on the other hand, would fall by the wayside. Harsh but honest words from a man who makes his living in Bollywood.

The result of the courage, perseverance and creativity of the exceptional director S. S. Rajamouli is a pleasure for every film fan. The poetic aesthetics of the images, which are no less breathtaking than those with which we were amazed by Yimou Zhang in HERO and HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS or Ang Lee in TIGER & DRAGON, ensure permanent goose bumps.

The epic battle, which even Peter Jackson could not have carried out better, is sensational, gigantic, unprecedented. In the approximately 45 minutes in which the protagonists fight their bloodthirsty enemies, one wow feeling chases the next, accompanied by the futile desire to press the rewind button on the imaginary remote control to see the individual scenes on the bursting cinema screen again and to be able to watch again. An overwhelming rush for the senses.

Even with the top-class cast, Rajamouli hit the bull's eye. Protagonist Prabhas, one of the top stars of the Telugu Cinema, cuts a very good figure with his huge 1.90 meters as an intrepid general in historical armor (and of course without it too).

Prabhas as Baahubali (left), as Shivudi (middle) and Rana as Bhallaladeva.

The popular action hero can be seen in two roles: as Bāhubali - The True King and as Shivudu - The Unrestrained. He has both roles firmly under control. The Herculean rascal Shivudu provides humorous entertainment with cheeky sayings and monstrous actions. The figure of the prince and general Bāhubali, on the other hand, gives Prabhas noble and heroic traits not only through his attractiveness and his considerable stature, but also through a well-accented, first-class performance.

The antagonist Bhallaladeva - The Tyrant King mimes Rana Daggubati, also a five-foot-nine man with a diverse acting experience. He is a popular character actor who knows how to expressively embody the role of the tyrant. Rajamouli describes Bhallaladeva's character as follows: “Strength unmatched. Power unchallenged. Mind unread. ”He is a dangerous opponent who leaves no doubt that only he has the right to sit on the throne of Mahishmati. In order to pursue his goals, he walks over corpses and erects a gigantic monument for himself during his lifetime.

Prabhas and Rana began extensive training eight months before filming began. They both put on several pounds of muscle, learned horseback riding and Indian martial arts styles. According to Rana, B seiHUBALI is consistently Indian despite modern technology and international appearance. Never before has a film brought Indian cultural heritage to the screen so impressively. The colossal buildings, the costumes, armor and weapons as well as the warfare and fighting techniques are based on historical specifications: "Even the way we wield the weapons is typical Indian."

Since it became known four years ago that Prabhas would play the leading role in Rajamouli's BĀHUBALI, his fan base has been eagerly awaiting this film. Prabhas as protagonist in a gigantic historical epic, Rana as a terrifying adversary and S. S. Rajamouli on the director's chair ... WHAT A KILLER COMBO !!!

With Sudeep Sanjeev, a third top actor in South Indian cinema joins the actor ranks. He occurs as Aslaam Khan - The Persian Noble on. He is also an action star and a huge number in the Kannada film industry (Kannada Cinema, Sandalwood) both as an actor and director. He also played in various Hindi films and mimed the villain in Rajamouli's fantasy blockbuster EEGA. Kiccha Sudeep, his nickname, is a plus in every respect, because although his role as an arms dealer is very limited in the first part, he leaves a lasting impression.

The fact that Rajamouli has cast the two main female roles with natural and talented actresses is very gratifying, instead of - as is unfortunately far too often the case in film productions - with beautiful, but talent-free pesky pains. Anushka Shetty is an experienced and versatile performer and Tamannah Bhatia is well on the way there. Anushka Shetty occurs as Devasena - The Smouldering Secret on. She is barely recognizable in the heavy chains, with dingy clothes and matted hair and conveys her unbearable pain, but also the hope of an early end to the tyranny with every deplorable look.

Anushka Shetty, Ramya Krishna and Tamannah Bhatia (from left to right).

Tamannah Bhatia plays Avanthika - The Angelic Avenger. She is particularly surprising as a die-hard warrior and is in no way inferior to her more experienced colleague Anushka Shetty. Ramya Krishna, who has appeared in over 190 films from five different film industries, is in the supporting role Sivagami - The Epitome Of Justice also an enrichment. With her appearance as Queen Mother, who confidently asserts herself against her adversaries, she steals the show from her male acting colleagues more than once.

Prabhas (left) and Rana Daggubati as determined generals.

Inspired by the Indian epic epic Mahabharata and the history of the historic city of Mahishmati (now Maheshwar), BĀHUBALI tells of Shivudu, heir to the throne of the Mahishmati kingdom. Without knowing his royal origins, he grew up in a village on the other side of a gigantic waterfall. He has always been excited to learn what the world beyond the waterfall looks like. When he succeeds in the dangerous ascent one day, he meets Avanthika, who with a group of apostates want to free the rightful Queen Devasena, who is kept in chains by her brother-in-law, King Bhallaladeva. Shivudu joins the group and soon scares the tyrannical Bhallaladeva, because he recognizes in him the son of the rightful king Amarendra Bāhubali, who was believed to be dead. The flashback now goes back 25 years into the past, in which the cousins ​​Bhallaladeva and Bāhubali have to prove themselves worthy as kings and fight for the throne of Mahishmati.

What S. S. Rajamouli made of the classic good-versus-bad material can hardly be put into words. His magnum opus is too extensive, too complex and multifaceted to describe it adequately. He managed what only a few directors manage: to combine captivating images and fireworks from modern VFX technology with a good story and moving emotions. Rajamouli is a showman, an extremely creative and innovative director. He has a flair for good stories and is a visionary who knows how to break through the hurdles of our imagination with ease. With BĀHUBALI: THE BEGINNING he has once again proven this and created a masterpiece that is already considered a milestone in Indian film history.

Before BĀHUBALI, Rajamouli already had nine films in his filmography, all of them blockbusters, including the fantasy epic MAGADHEERA, which was shown in cinemas for 1,000 days and became the most successful South Indian film to date, as well as the animated film EEGA, which itself attracted German audiences Fantasy Film Festival wowed. The fabulous box office results and records of BĀHUBALI: THE BEGINNING are already establishing the film as its tenth blockbuster in a row, which ends with a monstrous cliffhanger that is so stunned that the last scene loops in front of your mind for days afterwards plays.

Now we have to wait and count the days until the second part, BĀHUBALI: THE CONCLUSION, brings the big screens to burst again in 2016 and once again proves to us that first-class cinema does not necessarily have to come from Hollywood and that other film nations also cash in with their works . Jai Mahishmati!

* There are twelve independent film industries in India that produce films in the languages ​​of the states in which they are located. Each of these film industries has their own stars, directors, production houses, cinema traditions as well cinematic peculiarities