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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Update on Saaho’s new schedule

It is a known fact that the shooting of Prabhas’s new film, Saaho is already underway with its shoot. 

The latest we hear is that a massive schedule has been wrapped up in Hyderabad today. Now, the unit will move to Dubai on the 25th of February for a rigorous 60-day schedule. 

Some key action sequences will be shot in the famous Burj Khalifa building in Dubai. Hollywood stunt master, Kenny Bates will be choreographing these stunts which are said to be a huge highlight in the film.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Baahubali Original Sound Track | OST Vol 2


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Sunday, January 07, 2018

GQ Exclusive : The incredible story of how Prabhas became Baahubali

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Before the phenomenal success of the Baahubali franchise, Telugu superstar Prabhas had a 15-year-long career, with almost as many films, in which he reprised the role of the soft romantic lead in movies such as Mr Perfect and Darling. Then, for five straight years, he immersed himself in SS Rajamouli’s epic. He learned sword-fighting and horse-riding, and convinced audiences that he could wrestle bulls with his bare hands and scale elephant trunks like it was nothing. 

Since the release of the two-film saga, he’s become a household name across the country, and inverted traditional Bollywood and regional cinema hierarchies. 

Prabhas dreams of fishing. One day, when the film industry finally gives him the boot, he’ll buy a plot outside Hyderabad, rope in a few old friends and put to work the aquaculture tricks he studied in school years ago. But for now, he’s South India’s biggest star since Rajinikanth – and Tollywood would rather he stay just where he is. Today, that’s sun-drenched Los Angeles, where the star is on vacation from shooting his new movie Saaho, a brooding trilingual thriller co-starring Shraddha Kapoor and Neil Nitin Mukesh. 

I meet Prabhas at a rented Beverly Hills mansion he’s sharing with his personal trainer, a body-builder and former Mr World, and his pint-sized chef – also his cousin. 

I’m led inside the capacious cube of glass and steel, and the first thing I notice is a large bag of Tilda basmati rice directly across from the entrance. 

Life has been good for the star since the wild success of the Baahubali franchise, the priciest Indian film ever made. The thunderous two-part epic grossed over ₹1,500 crore in less than 50 days, redefined what was possible for Telugu action movies and shook rigid pan-Indian cinema hierarchies. 

But Prabhas himself, the face of the phenomenon – who tosses a life-sized lingam over a sinewy shoulder in one memorable scene – feels familiar. 

“Something very beautiful happened in my life. Baahubali has given something 10,000 times more than what I did before. Or even more than that.” He exhales, and a cloud of vapour smoke escapes his e-cigarette. “After this, I don’t know where I’m going.” 

Despite being one of the Telugu film industry’s top-paid actors (he copped a pretty ₹45 crore from both Baahubali films), Prabhas is a man who worries – about his future, his fans and how the hell he even got here.

At 38, Prabhas is something of a late-blooming superstar. For 13 years, he played the hero in schlocky action romances with this basic storyline: Hero meets Girl, Hero encounters Goons, Hero fights Goons (because, as Hero’s luck has it, his enemies are one degree separated from the girl) and eventually – but never before a good fight – Hero wins over Girl. 

But even arriving at those roles – the Mr Perfects and Darlings – wasn’t always easy. Born to a movie producer and a housewife, Prabhas grew up in Hyderabad with the industry at his doorstep, but more often sitting in the living room. Growing up, he recalls, his father, Telugu producer Uppalapati Raju, hit financial troubles “like most producers do”, and at times money was tight. Tight enough to leave 2017 Prabhas with some squarely middle-class memories. 

“I went to college in buses,” he explains, kicking off one Manchester United slipper to cross his left leg. We’ve moved to the patio where Prabhas has ditched his vape for a fresh pack of Davidoffs and is using an empty water bottle as an ashtray. “With my family background, that was big, you know? When I went in the bus, people knew that ‘Yeah, he’s from a very big family.’ So all these things helped me work harder.” 

Prabhas was 18 when he told his father (by then no longer a producer) and his uncle (legendary-actor-turned-BJP-minister Krishnam Raju) that he wanted to act. No one expected him to join the family business; yet, just like that, the self-effacing “shy guy” (his words) enrolled in classes and learned how to act, dance and fight. 

Ask him about those early days and Prabhas giggles. He says he considered the movies because, well, there’s really not much else he was good at. “Maybe I would have put up a restaurant and, if it was successful, a hotel,” he demurs. You get the feeling he’s still a little taken aback by his stratospheric rise to national and international stardom. (Baahubali 2 bagged more than ₹250 crore overseas in 2017. That same year, Prabhas became the first South Indian star with a wax replica in Madame Tussauds.) 

Perhaps it’s that old-school South Indian ethos that guides Prabhas, who at no point during the evening seems anything but genuine. Sure, the guy might party in Los Angeles, shoot movies in Bulgaria and go on safari in the Kenyan Serengeti, but his roots in Andhra Pradesh’s leafy, sleepy West Godavari district run deep. He recalls a family tradition of travelling to the temple town of Srisailam when his father and uncle were still in the business, to screen every film before its release. The film that inspired him to take up acting was the 1976 Telugu classic Bhakta Kannappa, which traces the life of a Shiva devotee, played by his uncle. 

Few things animate Prabhas like the story of his film debut. In 2002, a doe-eyed 22-year-old Prabhas was offered a role in Eeswar, a movie with a budget so small it was shot blind on an ancient analog camera. Prabhas describes the surreal experience of watching himself on the 70mm screen for the first time. “My sister and my mother were sitting on [either] side and we were holding hands and watching,” he tells me. “And I could feel, ‘The film is good.’ It didn’t do so well but, you know, every shot of the film, we didn’t know until then if it’s good or amazing or what… It was something very emotional.” 

Even now, 17 films later, Prabhas is unsure about what it is that resonates with audiences. “It’s very frightening to make fans happy,” he says. Prabhas would know; in 2015, riots broke out in Mogulthur, his family’s ancestral village, when fans of another Tollywood titan, Pawan “Power Star” Kalyan, burned flex boards bearing the Baahubali star’s face. (They’d accused Prabhas’ fans of destroying banners put up in honour of Kalyan’s birthday.) “Fans have unconditional love,” he says, “Like mothers.” 

When he began making a name for himself, it was his Telugu-boy-next-door charm, his stature and his strength that attracted audiences. And while he insists it wasn’t a conscious decision, a great number of characters he’s played have been solid, honourable or dutiful. (In one classic fight scene in Chatrapati, also directed by Rajamouli, a beachside Prabhas clobbers a gangster with the same vessel of gangajal that the hero’s long-lost mother had gifted him.) Yet, to the industry and his fans, he is simply “Darling”, after his eponymous 2010 drama.

There are actors who attribute their success to craft, and others who attribute it to luck. Prabhas falls into the latter category. When SS Rajamouli approached him with a double role in the ambitious, audacious Baahubali franchise, he was wary. Nothing of Baahubali’s size and budget had ever come out of Tollywood’s risk-averse studios, and Rajamouli expected an exclusive five-year commitment. Not to mention the militant physical training he’d have to undergo. Prabhas did not want to repeat the mistakes he’d made earlier in his career by agreeing to vaguely defined films that eventually failed. 

“After four films continuously flop, you think, ‘Something is definitely wrong with me’,” he recalls. “You have to think before doing a film.” 

But Rajamouli persisted, returning to Prabhas with the script, which read a pithy 30 to 40 pages, over and over again. The two had worked together a decade prior, but Prabhas was hesitant to sign on. Eventually, Rajamouli’s persistence paid off. It also helped that the two men shared a close relationship, and that Prabhas is someone who trusts people over ideas. (His latest venture Saaho, and the next film he’s signed, are both produced by old friends – Vamsi, Pramod and Vikram of UV Creations.) 

“I don’t know what that man is made of,” he chuckles. “[Rajamouli’s] confidence… It’s really mad!” 

A long-unspoken rule of Indian film is that while Bollywood speaks for India, every regional film industry speaks for itself. Bollywood heroes are fitter, taller and fairer. So what does it take for a Telugu film, with a very Telugu star, to become an Indian sensation? Rajamouli had plans for epic graphics and expensive battle scenes, but Baahubali would never have worked unless the male leads transformed their bodies. 

Prabhas, who says he’s notoriously lazy when not working (“I think I stored all my energy for Baahubali”), and the other actors, including Rana Daggubati and Anushka Shetty, threw themselves into a fitness regime that became the stuff of film lore. Prabhas gained 20kg of muscle for his role, worked out for as much as six hours each day and, according to reports, ate 40 egg whites daily. The mania around Baahubali makes little sense without accounting for how Prabhas’ physique defied the expectations of an industry whose biggest actors are notoriously ageing and paunchy. 

The box office success of the first chapter, which released in 2015, piqued the interest of Bollywood powerhouse Karan Johar, who purchased the Hindi distribution rights for Part 2. On message boards, in movie reviews and across social media, aficionados of Telugu film have likened Johar’s investment to a revolution of sorts, a southward shift in the centre of gravity of Indian film. But whether the larger currents of Indian cinema have truly shifted or not, the star of Baahubali seems to interpret his success as an accident of fate. He still has a back-up plan. He’s content to remain “Darling”. 

Throughout our conversation, Prabhas was reluctant to say much about himself. It’s something of a trade secret that if you want him to talk, you ask him about the man he credits for all of this – Rajamouli. And in a way, it’s easier to picture the South Indian superstar whale-watching in California, surfing Nat Geo on TV or even watching the day unfold at a fishery, than jabbering on the couch of Koffee With Karan. 

“I’ve always been like this. Nothing’s changed in my personal life. That’s a big problem for the press.” 

Baahubali lets out a great big laugh.


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Baahubali 2 makes it to Rotten Tomatoes' Best Films of 2017 list

Prabhas' Baahubali 2 becomes the only Indian film to make it to Rotten Tomatoes' best films of 2017 list

SS Rajamouli's Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is the biggest hit of all time. Baahubali 2 has become the first Indian film to go past Rs 1000 crore at the box office. After making a mark at the box office, Baahubali 2 also made its presence felt on various top ten year ender list, be it IMDb or Twitter. 

And now, it has gone a notch higher as it has featured in Rotten Tomatoes annual list of Best Films Off The Radar 2017. Off The Radar here means those films which didn't see a wide release or as Rotten Tomatoes puts it, "Might Not Have Played At Your Local Multiplex." 

The list contains 12 films where Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is the only Indian film to make the cut. Talking about the SS Rajamouli's magnum opus, folks at Rotten Tomatoes wrote, 

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion plays like a shotgun wedding between Ben Hur and Kung Fu Hustle, seasoned with bits of Shakespeare, Kurosawa, and Buster Keaton. In other words, it’s a blockbuster that’s both gigantic and lighter than air. The story of The Beginning was as simple as a fairy tale and as resonant as a myth, but with The Conclusion, director S.S. Rajamouli has cranked everything to 11; rarely have action sequences this gravity- (and logic-) defying been captured on film. What separates this epic (which was a massive hit in India and within the South Asian diaspora) from its American brethren is its sincerity and optimism: its righteous titular hero (played by Prabhas) and his band of honorable men and women clash with scheming, corrupt bad guys, and it feels alternately old-fashioned and refreshingly bold. It’s the kind of film that reminds us why we love going to the movies. 

Check out the full list below: 

American Fable 

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion 

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children 



The Farthest 


The Lure (C√≥rki dancingu) 


Mommy Dead and Dearest 



Baahubali 2: The Conclusion possess a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomaotes. 

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Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Prabhas on GQ Magazine - Read the Full Column with HQ Pics


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Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Prabhas on GQ Magazine - Photoshoot


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Monday, January 01, 2018

Prabhas on GQ Magazine Cover

On the GQ Mag Facebook Page : Happy New Year! Prabhas, the superstar of the smashingly successful Baahubali, is a surprisingly shy guy. We got a fair bit out of him, though, in our first issue of 2018. And you don't want to miss what he's got to say. Pick up the January 2018 issue TOMORROW, when it goes on stands!


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Baahubali Original Sound Track | OST Vol 1

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