Mumbai: SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus Bahubali- The Conclusion is slated for release in a week from now and the biggest movie in recent memory is already making waves across the country.
The hero of the movie Prabhas along with his antagonist in the flick Rana Daggubati is busy with promotional activity by giving interviews in Mumbai for the Hindi version.
A controversy has erupted when Mr Senthil Kumar, Director of Photography (DOP) made a remark that Prabhas is a bigger star than the three khans of Bollywood viz Sharukh, Aamir and Salman.
Senthil Kumar at an event had said, “He (Prabhas) is today, the biggest star of India. He is bigger than any Khan or anyone. His film today will be probably the first film to cross Rs 1000 crore and I am so proud to be associated with him. Such a humble man he is.”
This comparison has raised many an eyebrow in Bollywood. The Khans are the undisputed mega stars of Indian industry and they shared among themselves more than Rs 2000 crore annual business on an average. The fan following is also very big. Out of the three, Salman Khan’s range is even more high of late and every movie of his has a global market and he is a popular star in the sub-continent and the Islamic world.
This unnecessary controversy greatly embarrassed Prabhas. Sensing the repercussions, the humble star sought to down play it saying- “He (Senthil Kumar) just got really excited and said all of that.”
While Prabhas is making an effort to divert the issue, Rana, who has been with his hero took it a higher level and supported the views of Senthil Kumar. “From my perspective he is the biggest action hero we have ever have and he is a huge star” Rana remarked taking the issue further.
“With due respect to everybody, for an actor of his (Prabhas) calibre he is somebody right at the top. He is coming to Baahubali after about two to three really massive blockbusters. He has given about five years of his life to make cinema that big (Baahubali) and it is obviously Rajamouli‘s vision and all of that. He has stood like this pillar of strength for this film and unquestioning many things, believing that you are making the greatest product ever and that is hard to find many actors doing that at their level and that calibre. So yes, to me he is a huge star” Rana, who has considerable following in the Hindi heartland stated.
Feeling uncomfortable with Rana’s appreciation, Prabhas said-“ no, I have given nothing..I just did my bit and I got such a great opportunity and I thank Rajamouli for the same”
But gossip mongers refuse to sit silently. An online survey is also conducted by some conduits of roguery in social media on who is the greatest- Khan trio, Prabhas?