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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Baahubali’s overseas destruction continues

The destructive box-office storm of Baahubali 2 is only growing from strength to strength with each passing show. The film gave even several Hollywood biggies a run for their money and collected more than $4.6 million until Friday. 

The Saturday collections are no less as the movie has grossed more than $3.02 million until the latest reporting at 11 PM EST from 377 locations. At this pace, the film will easily surpass the $10 million milestone by Sunday. 

This is undoubtedly the best ever performance by any Indian film in the US, leaving even the Hollywood​ trade analysts pleasantly​ surprised.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

On Day One Baahubali shatters all Box Office Records

‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’ box-office collection Day 1: Film records highest ever opening at Rs 121 crore across India

SS Rajamouli's magnum opus 'Baahubali 2: The Conclusion' has shattered box-office records in film history by crossing the Rs 100 crore mark on day one itself. The multi-lingual film that stars Prabhas in leading role collected a record breaking Rs 121 crore nett (cumulative figure of all languages), according to reports on 

The multi-lingual fantasy drama collected an estimated total of Rs 40.75 crore from the Hindi market. The remaining Rs 81 crore was amassed from the other regional markets. According to reports, the film has broken all Day 1 records to claim the top spot

Another point to be noted is that 'Baahubali 2: The Conclusion' attained this feat on a non-festival weekend. The Prabhas-Rana starrer has now dethroned Salman Khan's Diwali 2015 release 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo' as the highest first day collections of all time. The family drama had collected an estimated Rs 39.32 crore, followed by 'Sultan' which has now moved down to the No 3 spot with a collection of Rs 36.59 crore, while Shah Rukh Khan's 'Happy New Year' comes in fourth at Rs 36.31 crore and Aamir Khan's 'Dhoom 3' closes in the fifth spot at Rs 32.48 crore. 

Early Saturday morning, an elated Karan hinted at the record shattering numbers with his post that read, "UNTHINKABLE and UNIMAGINABLE HIGHEST EVER DAY being tabulated ...will take a while!!! Watch this space for the number! #Baahubali" 

Later in the day he tweeted that the Day 1 Net Box Office Collection (NBOC) is 121 crores!!!

'Baahubali 2: The Conclusion' was one of the highly anticipated films after the phenomenal success of the 2015 film 'Baahubali: The Beginning'. Paired with state-of-the-art VFX and a good storyline, the release of the sequel had fans flocking to theatres in large numbers to have their question 'Why Kattappa killed Baahubali' answered.


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The Baahubali of all effects: A peek into the wizardry behind the sequel

Baahubali is one word that has been reverberating all across India and even in few parts of the world over the last few years. The ace Telugu film-maker SS Rajamouli considered this his magnum opus and there were no length he didn’t go to, to bring his brilliant vision to life. The first part of this franchise was released in July 2015 while the second part, Baahubali –The conclusion, hits screens on 28th April, marking the end of this fantasy/drama-film. The first part, Baahubali–The Beginning, is one of the top-grossings film in India, after Aamir Khan’s PK and Dangal.

Given the magnificent scope of the plot, making the gigantic sets and studios for the shooting of the film was simply not a possibility for the makers, leading them to the one thing that all the prominent directors turn to, VFX.
The makers of the film have partnered with Makuta VFX, a visual effects and animation company based in Santa Clara, California, with a branch in Hyderabad. Speaking exclusively with YourStory, Pete Draper, the co-founder of Makuta VFX said,

The kind of technology we employed in Baahubali is probably the first of its kind in Indian cinema until now having only been used in movie industries like Hollywood, the British cinema and so on. The second part is going to be an absolute visual delight, for we ensured that there was an increment in the quality and detail by almost tenfold as compared to that of the first part, Baahubali–The Beginning. We had to manipulate high levels of geometry and put the whole act together in one piece and it was a matter of extreme hard work, keeping the short deadlines and high quality requirements in mind.

A delighted Pete is hopeful about Indian cinema adopting this kind of technology for VFX and special effects. The Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) department has to be efficiently flawless and can never compromise on the quality of their work if the result has to be just exemplary. The amount of time and effort consumed in bringing the world of Baahubali to life signifies the team's hard work and it was very evident with the first part, on screen.

The 65-member team at Makuta VFX has worked tirelessly over the last four years to bring this franchise to its full potential and they worked for 15 months straight during the post-production stage of the second part.

We have worked with AMD, Inc., the premium semiconductor multinational company, based out of the USA for the films and they have been nothing but extremely supportive throughout the process. We probably would have been rendering the film right now at this point if not for them. They had assisted us with high-end graphics. We used plenty of software like 3D Animation while putting the visual effects for the sculptures and the organic shapes, together. We started to consume high amounts of space while using our methods. AMD provided us with brand new systems with which we could try and break the storage issues. Our internal tracking system also played a major role while attempting to bring in perfection to the final product.

The makers have used the advanced 4K resolution technology in the film for the best image clarity possible. Speaking about it, Peter said,

The 4K technology is obviously very expensive because it actually consumes four times the optimum space compared to that of a standard definition film. We can easily compare the image clarity while viewing a film on our TVs at home with Dish TV. There is an obvious difference between a Standard Definition package and a High Definition package. 4K resolution is just the double of a HD version. Its details are completely clear as crystal. The sizing of the film is also doubled both horizontally and vertically, which directly zeroes in on the tiniest of details. We also ensured that the focusing was done appropriately with the cameras while physically shooting the films on the sets.

Speaking about all the hard work put into the film and the satisfaction he gets, Pete said,

As an artist, one can never be satisfactory. I dare say the director is all satisfied, the cameraman is all satisfied and the actors are all satisfied. Give me 15, 20, even 30 years and I will keep working but I might never be satisfied. Artists will want to be self-critical and they should be when it comes to their own work. Whenever you get a feeling that you had just done your best work so far, there will always be a point after a few months when you will tell yourself 'If I had done this, it would have been much better'. Your ability to analyse and improve as an artist increases along the way as you keep learning and evolving, eventually realising that you have got to be more creative.

The entire cast and crew of the film has been working with patience and persistence over the last few years and have left no stone unturned in their attempt to bring out the best possible result. The first film has already won countless accolades and appreciations all over and the second part of the franchise is all set to break many more records, with the whole nation eager to know 'Why Kattappa killed Baahubali'.


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8 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Miss Baahubali 2!


The much awaited Baahubali 2 is all set to hit the theatres tomorrow. Here’s why you shouldn't miss this visual grandeur!

The much awaited movie of the year is less than one day from embracing the theatres. It is touted to be the biggest ever motion film of Indian cinema and it's also a matter of days for box office records to stumble upon, post the release of the extravaganza.

Though it is more or less sure that most of the audience would reserves their seats, grab their share of pop-corn and catch up with the movie in theatres, we still tried to bring out some strong reasons to give Baahubali 2: The Conclusion a definite try at the theatres.

1. Why Kattappa Killed Baahubali?
The entire nation wants to know as the same has been treated as a national issue on a lighter note. Kattappa who would be caught between loyalty towards the King and affection towards Baahubali, could clearly be torn in two pieces and the loyalist in him, who follows the King's order would execute Baahubali's death. But what transpires him?


If Amarendra Baahubali is the King of Mahishmathi, then who else could order Kattappa? Or would Amarendra Baahubali be succeeded by Bhallala Deva, who could have passed the order to Kattappa?

2. Grand Visuals


Undoubtedly, an abundant eye feast is expected as the trailer itself comprised of some spectacular shots. Be it the design of an elephant carrying the bridge or the aerial view shot of Mahishmathi Kingdom or even the slider where Prabhas is seen gliding down.
Songs such as Hamsa Naava and Saahore can be deemed to be made on a grand scale with rich backdrop and lighting.

3. Confrontation Scenes


This will be epic & massive. Bhallala Deva, who would be seen taming a ferocious bull in Baahubali - The beginning and Amarendra Baahubali's son, Mahendra Baahubali who too looks extremely well-built, will lock horns for a heroic face off.
Either of them could easily pose a tight contest to each other which will generate a lot of goosebumps as it's the question of pride for the antagonist and a chance for the protagonist to avenge his father's death

4. Why Bhalla Wants To Kill His Mother?

In a teaser which was released during the audio launch, Bijjala Deva asks his son, Bhalla about his possible intentions to slay his mother, Sivagami.
The initial scene of Baahubali: The Beginning also shows Sivagami escaping the clutches of her own battalion which seems to be controlled by Bhalla. Could that possibly be due to Sivagami's positive nepotism towards Baahubali?

5. Devasena-Baahubali's Romance

If the first part boasted of some sensual sequences and song between Avantika and Shivudu, then wait for the second part which will provide the actual feel of romance in various dimensions.
The supposed two way love track which involves two characters with beauty and brain could be seen in interesting song sequences of being orchestrated with limited dance and some sword fencing moves.

6. Devasena's Warrior Skills

Devasena would not just be seen as a glam doll who could pierce the heart of her King, Baahubali, but also as the fighting queen who could pierce the opposition with her skill and warrior ability.
The physical personality of the actress too, complements the characterization of Devasena.

7. Amarendra Baahubali As The Majestic King

It rendered instant goosebumps when the trailer begun with Amarendra Baahubali taking oath as the King of Mahishmathi. How electrifying would it be to witness Baahubali's maximum dynamism in taking oath as a king, with SS Rajamouli's taking and Keeravani's background music? A tailor-made shot for the actor's fans.

8. Exhilarating War Episodes

The first part of the franchise proved the capability of Rajamouli in terms of executing war sequences. Be it the formation, equipment's used, ideation and the visual effects, all culminated to form one intriguing war sequence.
The second part could easily be thrice as that of the first part's output as the expectations are riding high and that the war sequences would involve an epic clash between Mahendra Baahubali and Bhallala Deva which infuses more fervour and excitement into the scene.


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Baahubali’s sets new records in Karnataka & Kerala, misses TN

The sensational box-office storm of Baahubali The Conclusion has decimated all the existing records in the country by miles and has set new benchmarks which will be rock solid for years to come.

After setting new records in the twin Telugu states and in the North, Baahubali, continuing the same phenomenon, has wiped out the existing records in Kerala and Karnataka, setting new industry records despite being a dubbed/other language film.

In Karnataka, Baahubali The Conclusion has collected a whopping gross of 11 crores plus on its opening day, double the earnings​ of the film’s first part. In Kerala, the movie has outsmarted the existing day 1 record of Mammootty​’s The Great Father (4.31 Crs) by amassing a mindboggling 6.27 Crs gross, with a share of 2.95 Crs.

Unfortunately, Baahubali missed a golden chance to set highest day 1 record in Tamil Nadu due to morning show cancellations and collected above 11 Crs gross and stood next to Rajini’s Kabali and Vijay’s Bairavaa and Theru.



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Telugu film creates history in Bollywood

It is not a Khan or a Kapoor film. But still, Baahubali has set the cash registers on fire and created an Indian record all over. The Hindi version of Baahubali collected a total net of 38.52 crores on the first day of its release which is a national record.

In this process, it also beat Salman Khan’s Sultan which made only 36.54 crores. The euphoria has been quite huge and the pre-release hype has helped the film immensely. These collections once again prove that content is always the king and Baahubali had loads of it.

Trade pundits and Bollywood bigwigs are shocked with the way this film is performing all over India. With the weekend setting in and a positive buzz, the collections of the film will increase in the coming days.



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Baahubali’s day 1 AP/Telangana collections

SS Rajamouli’s ambitious magnum opus, Baahubali The Conclusion, has conquered the box-offices​ around the world and has set a record which will take several years to be broken by any Indian film. The film is estimated to have collected more than 100 crores nett across the country on its opening day.

Meanwhile, the film has collected a whopping 43 crore approximate share on day one, surpassing the film’s first version’s record by a huge margin. Here are Baahubali 2’s first day shares from various regions in the twin Telugu states.

Nizam :9.03 crores
Ceded :6.10 crores
Vizag :4.52 crores
East :5.93 crores
West :6.08 crores
Krishna : 2.82 crores
Guntur :6.18 crores
Nellore :2.40 crores



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Baahubali starts with a bang in Krishna region

The huge buzz for the magnum opus Baahubai has worked quite well in its favor. The film has opened to some record collections all over and the news is that it has collected a total share of 2.82 crores in the Krishna region to date.

Various special shows were aired all over the state of AP and the response has been amazing. The general public has just loved the film which is India’s biggest film to date and is making sure that they watch the film only on the big screen.

The film has also shattered so many records in various centres across the country and the overseas. Directed by S S Rajamouli, this film is produced by Arka Media.



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Baahubali opens to record Nizam collections

As expected, Baahubali has opened to some shocking collections. The latest update is that the film has collected a total share of 9.3 crores from the Thursday night and Friday shares which are a record in that area.

The film has been sold out for the next two days and collections are expected to increase further. Rajamouli’s vision and narration have impressed various sections of the audience who are thronging to the theaters to watch the film.

Meanwhile, the film is expected to cross the 100 crore mark on the first day all over the country. Even the Bollywood trade circles are surprised with these collections and have predicted this film to become bigger than the part one.



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Baahubali 2 opens to thumping response

As expected, Rajamouli’s Baahubali 2 opened to a thumping response all over. The morning shows across the country saw 95 % occupancy which is a first in a very long time in India.

The tickets have been sold out for the next three days and the response from the night premieres and morning shows have been super positive. As the film has released in over 8000 screens, the trade pundits are pretty sure that the film will surely be India’s biggest opener ever.

Rajamouli’s magic and the way he has narrated this riveting drama has caught the attention of many. The film is set to cross the 100 crore mark at the box office today and we need to see what kind of euphoria this film is going to create in the future as well.



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Tollywood celebs in awe of Baahubali

SS Rajamouli’s highly-anticipated visual extravaganza, Baahubali The Conclusion, released today with early morning shows. The film was also premiered last night across the world and won the hearts of fans and movie lovers.

Not only the common audiences but even several Tollywood celebrities too are in awe of Baahubali. Stars like NTR, RGV, Akhil, Nani, Nikhil, Manoj Manchu, Gopichand Malineni and Nivetha Thomas etc took to Twitter and heaped praises on this magnum opus. They all hailed Prabhas’ performance as Amarendra Baahubali and Rajamouli’s epic visualization and lauded the rest of the star cast.

Nagarjuna too has wished the entire team the best just as the movie hit the screens this morning.


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Baahubali sets a new national record by double the margin

Baahubali’s destruction at the box offices worldwide has begun and how! The film has registered an unimaginable opening with fully packed screens all-over.

Baahubali The Conclusion has estimated to have collected more than 100 crore nett and has crossed the existing day one nett box-office records by double the margin, the previous record being Kabali with over 45 crores.

Meanwhile in the US, Baahubali 2 has grossed over $3 million in its premiere day and another $2 million plus on Friday. The film is slated to collect close to $8 million in its opening weekend.



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Baahubali 2 Movie Review by The WIRE

Attention to Detail Makes ‘Baahubali: The Conclusion’ a Riveting Watch 

The Baahubali films highlight that even violence can be lyrical, that inventive imagination can bend and break barriers.

Baahubali: The Beginning, the first film of the Baahubali series, hit us like a jolt. And it did so because Indian cinema hadn’t seen a film mounted on such a big scale, promising such a spectacle. Nearly nothing about it was commonplace, and almost everything remarkable. Whether it was Shiva (Prabhas) trying to climb a ginormous waterfall, the architectural splendour of the Mahishmati kingdom or the frenetic and kinetic, often jaw-dropping, battleground sequences. 

As if S. S. Rajamouli, Baahubali: The Beginning’s director, was challenging the very meaning of opulent and grand, heightening the melodrama so much and so often that it looked believable. And to top it all, the film ended on a terrific cliffhanger, a question that managed to sustain its potency for nearly two years: Why did Kattappa (Sathyaraj) kill Baahubali? 

So Baahubali: The Conclusion (a sequel to Baahubali: The Beginning) – which aims to tie the loose ends of the first part, while telling its own story – isn’t a standalone film. And that is both its boon and bane. 

Boon because, unlike the first film, it doesn’t have to set up a world or introduce its characters; it can dive straight into the story, keeping the audiences hooked through a compelling narrative and majestic visuals. 

And bane because, unlike the first film, the sequel is, more or less, set in the same world; we’re familiar with its settings – and almost nothing about them catches us off-guard, astounding us into submission. (Every part in Baahubali: The Beginning, in contrast, leapt at us, speaking a language of its own: whether it was the 3,000-feet waterfall, the snow-laden forest or the imposing palaces.) 

Besides, Baahubali: The Conclusion, even though more plot-heavy than its prequel, is still a fairly predictable fare. Sure, we await the answer to the Kattappa-Baahubali question, but beyond that, we know how the film will end – which is understandable, epics aren’t known for surprise endings. Baahubali: The Conclusion, however, is battling some complications of its own making. Having said that, the sequel, just like the prequel, starts on a strong note. 

Rajamouli begins Baahubali: The Conclusion in flashback, showing Amarendra Baahubali’s initial days as Mahishmathi’s king and how he fell in love with Devasena (Anushka Shetty). And it is heartening to see that the film’s female lead, Devasena, has more power and agency than Baahubali: The Beginning’s heroine, Avanthika (Tamannaah). Because even though Baahubali: The Beginning was a heart-thumping heady ride, it had its disquieting moments: Tamannaah’s Avanthika was almost used as a prop, her mission hijacked by Shiva; a romantic song, picturised on the two, was problematic, for her consent wasn’t clear; the soldiers of the warring kingdom, Kalakeyas, were black brute savages, reinforcing a colonial stereotype. 

But Baahubali: The Conclusion sets those flaws right by making Devasena her own woman. The daughter of Kuntal Desh’s king, Devasena is a fierce warrior, slaying her opponents with ease, while maintaining her calm and composure, much like the franchise’s heroes. She’s strong-willed, too, holding her own against Sivagami (Ramya Krishnan), the matriarch and the queen mother, rejecting some questionable practices of the Mahishmati kingdom. 

There’s enough plot-wise in Baahubali: The Conclusion’s initial segment to keep you interested. Rajamouli revels in Baahubali’s superpower: his hero crumbles giant doors, pulls a huge chariot, tames elephants. The romantic subplot, too, is enjoyable (and although its comedic track is a bit on the nose, there’s nothing here that’s particularly jarring). 

Rajamouli, just like in Baahubali: The Beginning, keeps finding ways to treat us visually, unleashing his untrammelled imagination on us with full force. So a battleground scene has numerous bulls charging towards the Kuntal Desh with flaring horns. Baahubali rescues Kuntal Desh’s subjects by opening a dam that drowns the warring army’s soldiers. A few scenes later, a boat becomes airborne, tearing through clouds, surrounded by cloud-shaped horses. 

Rajamouli nails the macro – the battle sequences, the big fight, the hero landing the blows, the villains flying in air, anything epic is underlined with a capital-E – but seems indifferent to the micro: the small scenes that allow us to know the characters better, the intimate moments between them. The latter is conspicuous by absence. In fact, only one scene in the film – between Kattappa and Baahubali, moments before the latter’s murder – carries true emotional heft. Otherwise, Baahubali: The Conclusion is a litany of adrenaline rush, which is fine and enjoyable on its own terms, but this would have been a better film had Rajamouli thrown some heart in the mix, too. 

But it’s notable and impressive that Baahubali: The Conclusion is tonally consistent – not just with this film but also with its prequel. K.V. Vijayendra Prasad (who’s written the story) and Rajamouli (credited with the screenplay) smoothly make the film transition from one part to next, giving every subplot its due, every character motivation its adequate reasons. 

No part of the plot is played for shocks or results from lazy writing. Even the most important and dramatic revelation, the first film’s cliffhanger, is believable. And with the exception of one bit that feels contrived, Sivagami realising her mistake, the rest of the film is marked by sure-footed plotting. 

The fact that both Baahubali films are riveting and enjoyable should act as a wake-up call for some Indian filmmakers, especially those known for making tedious actioners. Because, unlike their films (centred on cops, gangsters, hitmen), Baahubali is set in a make-believe world, employing the same melodramatic tropes, especially in action sequences (a hero vanquishing scores of opponents, all by himself), and yet Rajamouli’s is a more believable, more enjoyable, fare. 

And it’s so because Rajamouli assiduously sweats the small stuff. In the world of Baahubali, even the action sequences are laced with reasons. The characters’ modes of attack – such as an ingenious sequence in the film, where Shiva’s soldiers are launched into the Mahishmati kingdom on the back of palm trees – are inventive and original, sucking us deep into this world, keeping us hooked, making us care. 

It also helps that Rajamouli unabashedly adores his heroes, presenting them as beings capable of anything. They uproot trees, tame elephants, crack bricks, rain arrows. He shoots his action sequences (K. K. Senthil Kumar’s cinematography is brilliant) like someone would choreograph songs. Nothing is ordinary; everything is elegance personified. 

Shiva and Baahubali gracefully slide onto the ground after a huge jump. They wield their quivers and swords like a musician holding a violin. Blood almost always drips slowly; sometimes it runs in rivulets. Baahubali is, of course, an epic, so not every film can follow its model, but Rajamouli has at least paved the way, showing how even violence can be lyrical, that inventive imagination can bend and break barriers. 

Both Baahubali films, though, make for strange bedmates. Baahubali: The Conclusion is superior to Baahubali: The Beginning – in terms of plot, characterisation, VFX, even dubbing (the prequel suffered from some awkward translation) – and yet, the first, deliriously original and new, was more enjoyable, hitting us like a sack of bricks. Baahubali: The Conclusion hits us too, but some of the impact is diluted by familiarity. It isn’t Rajamouli’s fault though; he, and his team, should go home proud. 

The kingdom’s been conquered.


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Friday, April 28, 2017

Baahubali 2 gets phenomenal opening in India

Filmmaker SS Rajamouli's much-anticipated Baahubali: The Conclusion has opened to fantastic response from fans across the world.

After having waited for two years, SS Rajamouli's magnum opus Baahubali: The Conclusion is finally in theaters and has opened to rave reception from critics and audience alike. 

Released in over 9000 screens worldwide, the Prabhas-starrer has received phenomenal response from the audience. 

As per early trade estimates, Baahubali 2 is expected to do a whopping business of Rs 100 crore on its opening day. 

Trade analyst Ramesh Bala took to Twitter to share the news.
Meanwhile, noted trade analyst Taran Adarsh said:
In India alone, Baahubali 2 is hitting the screens in over 6,500 screens. Earlier this week, the film had a terrific response in advance booking sales. The craze was so much that the ticking website BookMyShow issued a statement saying that they have sold out a million tickets for the sequel. 

According to trade pundits, Baahubali 2 is very likely to emerge as the highest grossing Indian films of all time, raking in at least Rs 1000 crore. 

Baahubali: The Beginning ended with Katappa revealing himself as the killer of Amarendra Baahubali. And The Conclusion takes the story forward from where its predecessor ended. 

Made on a budget of Rs 250 crore, the film has already fetched enough moolah for the producers and reportedly raked in Rs 500 crore through its satellite and distribution rights. 

Baahubali 2 is released in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi. Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah, Sathyaraj and Ramya Krishnan star in pivotal roles in this instalment of Baahubali too.

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