Is Prabhas bigger star than the Khans?

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.

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?


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Baahubali 2 Leaves Regional Films Without Theatres

‘Baahubali : the conclusion’ occupied 6,500 theatres across the country and the regional films are bearing the brunt as they are taken off the screens. Small budget filmmakers are agonised by the development.

New Delhi: As the sensational film ‘Baahubali :the Conclusion’ was released on Friday in 6,500 theatres across the country, the regional and small budget films are bearing the brunt. Since almost all the multiplexes and theatres in every city and town across the country competed to screen Bahubali 2, the regional films and their makers demand more attention owing to their grave situation.

The mega budget film has become a serious threat to regional films. This situation led to filmmakers like Kaushik Ganguly to take to twitter to reveal that his national- award winning Bengali film Bihorjaon is losing theatres in its own State.

“They are Bahubalis & we are Bengalis. They rule & we surrender! But for how long? Bishorjon losing theatres and shows in its own state! SAD,” he wrote.

Answering to a question on Twitter he said, “my audience stays focused and bears the inconvenience of having lesser shows. Hope it will be better in the 4th week.”.

The situation is no way different in Karnataka. Many Kannada and Telugu films were taken off screens for the mega release of Bahubali across Karnataka.

Kannada film director P C Shekar said that the exhibitors removed his Kannada film Raaga in 65 theatres in the State a week after its release to screen Bahubali. Angry Shekar also alleged that the theatre owners denied his requests to save some shows for Raaga.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce former president K V Chandrashekar justifying their action said that Raaga had less box office collection is the reason for the show being taken off. No exhibitor will take off a film from a theatre if box office collection is good, said Chandrashekar. He was screening another Kannada film Raajakumara in his theatres for the fifth week at a stretch.

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Baahubali 2: Mind blowing Collections in UAE

UAE: It is a proud moment for Tollywood, Baahubali 2 released with a storm in UAE and collections were too strong, breaking all previous records.

Opening Day collections of UAE was shared by Umair Sandhu, Editor of Indian Cinema Magazine,

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Baahubali 2 Review: Captivates Audience Throughout

Baahubali 2, released on Friday, is captivating throughout. It is on par with Hollywood movies. Rajamouli has enhanced the reputation of Indian movie industry with this film. Reviewer’s rating: 4/5.

Hyderabad: Why did Kattappa kill Baahubali? This is the question that was haunting every filmi buff in the country. As the Baahubali ends with a cliff hanger, the anticipation amongst the fans can be justified. Baahubali 2: The conclusion provides all the answers to the questions raised by the first part. Directed by SS Rajamouli, the film is on par with international standards. The much awaited movie got released on Friday in 9000 theatres across the world. Let’s see what the film offers to the audience.

Amarendra Bahubali (Prabhas) will be preparing to ascend the throne of Mahishmati kingdom as commanded by Rajamata Sivagami (Ramya Krishna). The prince who wanted to know the problems of the people takes up a visit in disguise and falls in love with princess of Kuntala – Devasena. Without revealing his identity, he goes to Kuntala kingdom and stays in the palace trying to persuade Devasena to love him. At the same time jealous Bhallaladeva (Rana) succeeds in stopping the coronation of Bahubali.

Though, Bahubali doesn’t become the king, he was the most charismatic and popular person amongst the people. Unable to accept the fact, Bhallaladeva makes lives of Bahubali and Devasena miserable. Why does Sivagami who loves Bahubali stop him from ascending the throne? Why did Kattappa kill Bahubali though he loves him from the bottom of his heart? These questions and the way they are answered makes the narrative gripping.

After the release of Bahubali, the prestige of Telugu cinema was enhanced across the world as the director Rajamouli could shoot every scene as he visualised. Bahubali 2 only added to it. By elevating heroism and moulding an ordinary story into an extraordinary one and perfect screen play, world class graphics – ‘Bahubali 2 : The conclusion’ had it all.
With an extraordinary scene every fifteen minutes that grips the audience, Rajamouli enhanced the image of the movie. While the scenes of Prabhas at Anushka’s home are the best, the war scenes mesmerize the fans. The suspense has been maintained till the end. The emotional sequences between Ramyakrishna, Anushka, Prabhas throughout film add flavor to the film.

Technical Departments: The sets were artistic and massive. The credit goes to art director Cyril. The world class visual effects and the wonderful cinematography add to the richness of the film. Cinematography by Senthil makes you glued to the screen.

Music given by Keeravani is one of its strengths. The music he composed is as usual enthralling. Apart from the director the credit goes to the writer Vijayendra Prasad. He gave life to each character. That is the reason why the characters of Amarendra Bahubali, Kattappa, Devasena, Bijjaladeva and Sivagami haunt the audience.

The shots between Prabhas and Anushka were beautiful and enticing. Rajamouli succeeded in bringing out the best of the entire cast. All the actors competed in their performance. .

Artists Performance: Prabhas gave life to the character of Amarendra Baahubali and Baahubali. The screen presence of Anushka as the princess of Kuntala is amazing.

Rana is at his best in the role of Bhallaladeva. The body language and expression of emotions exhibited what villanism is. Ramyakrishna continued her best performance as Rajamata Sivagami. Satyaraj was immersed in the role of Kattappa. He entertained and engaged the audience throughout the film. He showed his mettle in the comedy track too. Though there are no significant weaknesses in the film, the director should have allowed Tamanna to speak more in the movie.

Finally the movie is perfect end to the first part of Baahubali- The Beginning. Its a must watch film by every movie lover which makes u feel cool during this hot breezy summer.

Rating: 4/5
Review by- Sarath Chandra

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Baahubali 2 A Hit: Twitter Trends

Twitter Flooded With Praises For The film From Celebrities Of Tollywood

Hyderabad: The biggest Pan Indian Film Baahubali 2 won applause from people across World. Here are the tweets by celebrities of Tollywood.

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Baahubali 2: Rajamouli Team Fighting Pirates

Baahubali-2 has found its way into internet, thanks to the pirates. The producers and the director are battling with the problem

Hyderabad: Baahubali-2 could not escape the piracy problem and the film was streamed in online media even before it was released on Friday.

The producers got ready to block piracy links. Rajamouli team has appealed to the people to inform them if they find any pirated links in internet. The team had asked the people to send the links to ‘, It had warned that those who indulge in piracy would be punished severely. Rajamouli and his colleagues have requested the people to see the prestigious movie in theatres.

The film was released on Friday throughout the world. Benefit shows were not permitted at a number of places in Tamil Nadu and Bengaluru.

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Baahubali 2 Faces Hurdle In TN

With praises getting poured on Baahubali 2 from entire World, Chennai people has to wait for few hours to watch the magnum opus on big screen

Chennai: With praises getting poured on Baahubali 2 from entire World, Chennai people has to wait for few hours to watch the magnum opus on big screen.

Morning shows across TN cancelled on day one, reason still the financial dispute between distributors and producers of the flick.

It is the producers who did not nod for the morning shows in TN and no show should be screened before 11AM as per producers.

Fans gathered at Rohini theatre at wee hours ( 3 AM) and were shocked to know that morning shows were cancelled.

Theatre management came up with a notice that all morning shows of 7.15 and 8.15 were cancelled across TN. Meanwhile tickets were sold out up to May 4th in Chennai and fans has to wait for few hours to know why Kattappa killed Baahubali.

Fans, who are dishearten are with a hope that problem will be solved by 11 Am and shows will be screened.

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Baahubali 2 Leads To Caste War In Godavari Districts

There have been sporadic clashes between the fans of heroes Prabhas and Pawan Kalyan before the release of Baahubali-2 in Godavari districts because of the alleged bias shown by Naidu Government.

Rajamahendravaram: Baahubali 2 , magnum opus, mania is running all over the globe with positive talk and record collections on day one. But the story is different in Telugu state, Andhra Pradesh. It led to clashes between two castes which have been trying to gain an upper hand in Godavari districts. The main reason for the present war is Government’s decision of giving permission for extra shows for Baahubali 2.

Chiranjeevi, Mega Star, a major force for Kapu community came back with a bang with his film Khaidi No 150 after a gap of 8 years. Chiranjeevi’s fans and Kapu leaders tried for benefit shows across AP,  permission for which was denied by AP Government. Same scene repeated for Pawan’s flick Katamrayudu and Government faced anger from Kapu youth for cancelling extra shows of Jana Sena’s Chief Pawan Kalyan’s Katamarayudu.

For Baahubali 2, AP Government passed a special ‘GO’ to screen six shows per day which triggered tension in East and West Godavari districts.

Violent scenes were witnessed in Bhimavaram and Amalapuram on Thursday night near theatres where clashes between Prabhas’ and Pawan’s fans took place.

In Amalapuram, four cars were damaged, a theatre was damaged after Pawan’s fans went on rampage.

In Bhimavaram , section 144 was imposed near theatre and in town.

In Rajahmundry there was a flexi-war between the fans of these two top actor.

In Kakinada, Tense situation is there near theatres with slogans raising in favour of both Pawan and Prabhas by their fans.

It is now up to the heroes to cool down their fans and bring situation back to normal.

It is the Government which was responsible for the unseemly caste war

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RGV tweets on Baahubali 2, says flick is a Dinosaur

Mumbai: Baahubali mania gripped globe on Friday with reports positive for the flick and Indian Cinema Industry is heading for a new record all over with this flick. RGV came up with sensational tweet and here it is:

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Baahubali 2 Breaks Record In US

California: Baahubali 2, this wave will run at least for a month as per present scenario. It created storms prior release and still counting, this film will be the first ever to touch 1000 crore mark in business as per trade pundits.

In US, Baahubali 2 created record by minting 3million dollars in pre sales of tickets as per Distributor Great Indian Films.

As per the statement from Great Indian Films, ‘We have passed $ 3m in pre-sales and are adding $100,000 to the total for every hour. This is highest for an Indian film in advance tickets’.

Baahubali 2  will be touching nearly 1100 screens in US.

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Baahubali 2 Mumbai Premieres Called Off

Mumbai: Karan Johar was so jubilant up to few hours back about Baahubali 2 premieres, but was abrupt after hearing the news of sudden demise of Vinod Khanna.

Ace Director Rajamouli said’ As a mark of respect to the legendary actor, premieres of Baahubali 2 are cancelled. Rest in peace Vinod Khanna ji’.

The veteran actor acted in 141 films. He is an MP of the BJP. He was elected from Gurdaspur Lok Sabha constituency in Punjab for three times. Vinod Khanna,70, had acted in films from 1968 and 2013. He was born on 6 October 1946 at Peshawar, now in Pakistan. Known to be a generous man who was always ready to help the needy was married twice. His first wife was Geetanjali and the present partner is Kavita Khanna. He divorced Geetanjali in 1985 and married Kavita in 1990. He has three sons and one daughter.

Vinod Khanna’s popular films include Gaddar, Mera Gao Mera Desh, Jail Yatra, Imtihaan, Kuchhe Daage, Amar Akbar Antony, Qurbani and Kudrat. He was a follower of spiritual guru Osho Rajneesh.

Khanna joined politics in 1997 and got elected on BJP ticket from Gurdaspur in 1998. He became a Union Minister for Culture and Tourism in 2002 in Atal Behari Vajpayee’s Government.  Later he became Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs. Khanna had lost in 2009 elections but got elected again in 2014.


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Baahubali 2 in record number of Cinemark XD and Large screens in US

This is the first Indian movie to be released in these many number of Large screens in North America.

California:Great India Films is extremely proud to share that Baahubali 2 will be screened in record number of Extreme Digital (XD) screens in Cinemark, ATMOS screens, RPX in Regal and other Mega screens. This is the first Indian movie to be released in these many number of Large screens in North America.

A Gigantic release of Gigantic film on Gigantic wall to wall screen.

Enjoy the true big screen entertainment.

Telugu Large Screen List (Scroll down for Hindi and Tamil list)  
ATMOS Dolby XD Screens
CA Fremont Pacific Commons 16
CA Playa Vista Playa Vista 9
FL Tampa Xscape Theatres Riverview 14
IL Chicago Chicago Showplace ICON
MN Plymouth Mann Theatres Plymouth Grand 15
MN Saint Louis Park Minneapolis Showplace ICON
NC Cary Frank Theatres Cary
NJ Hopwell Xscape Theatres Howell 14
TX Plano Cinemark West Plano 20
XD (Cinemark Wall to Wall Large Screen)
CA Los Angeles Cinemark 18 and XD (Los Angeles, CA)
CA Los Angeles Orange Stadium Promenade 25 + XD (Orange, CA)
CA Los Angeles Playa Vista 9 + XD (3/12) (Los Angeles, CA) – ATMOS
CA Sacramento Roseville 14 (Roseville, CA)
CA San Francisco Century at Pacific Commons + XD (Fremont, CA) – ATMOS
CA San Francisco Union City 25 + XD (Union City, CA)
CO Denver Century Aurora + XD (Aurora, CO)
DE Newark Cinemark Christiana and XD
FL Miami Paradise 24 + XD (Davie, FL)
IA West Des Moines W. Des Moines Jordan Creek + XD (West Des Moines, IA)
KY Louisville Cinemark Tinseltown + XD (Louisville, KY)
LA Baton Rouge Cinemark Perkins Rowe + XD (Baton Rouge, LA)
MD Baltimore Egyptian 24 + XD (Hanover, MD)
MO Kansas City Cinemark Tinseltown 20 + XD (Merriam, KS)
NV Las Vegas Las Vegas South Point 16 + XD (Las Vegas, NV)
OH Cincinnati Cinemark Oakley Station + XD (Cincinnati, OH)
OH Columbus Polaris 18 + XD (Columbus, OH)
OH Dayton Dayton South 16 + XD (West Carrollton, OH)
OK Oklahoma City Cinemark Tinseltown 20 + XD (Oklahoma City, OK)
PA Philadelphia Cinemark Movies 16 + XD (Somerdale, NJ)
PA Pittsburgh Cinemark Robinson Township + XD (Robinson Township, PA)
TX Austin Tinseltown 20 + XD (Pflugerville, TX)
TX Dallas Cinemark West Plano 20 + XD (Plano, TX) – ATMOS
TX Dallas Legacy 24 + XD (Plano, TX)
TX Frisco Cinemark Frisco Square + XD (Frisco, TX)
TX Houston Cinemark 19 + XD (Katy, TX)
TX Houston Tinseltown 290 16 + XD (Houston, TX)
UT West Jordan Cinemark 24 + XD (West Jordan, UT)
VA Washington Fairfax Corner 14 + XD (Fairfax, VA)
Baahubali 2 Telugu Regal RPX Wall to Wall
NY Nanuet Nanuet Mall 12 & RPX,
TN Nashville Hollywood 27 & RPX
Baahubali 2 on other Large Screens
MO Chesterfield Marcus Chesterfield Galaxy 14 + Mega

Hindi Large Screen List
Baahubali 2 Hindi on Regal RPX Wall to Wall Screen

Tamil Large Screen List
Baahubali 2 Tamil on Regal RPX Wall to Wall Screen

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Baahubali 2 New Record: One Million Tickets Online in One Day

The magnum opus that is on a spree of creating records has set yet another one by selling one million tickets online in just 24 hours.

New Delhi: The magnum opus film ‘Baahubali: The conclusion’ has created yet another record.

The film directed by SS Rajamouli has already created many records in the Indian film industry. Now, it has created yet another record by selling a million tickets in just 24 hours.

An online portal ‘Book my show’ revealed this information. The other film for which the highest numbers of tickets were sold online was Aamir Khan’s film Dangal.

Only a few hours are left to know why Kattappa killed Baahubali? The film is getting released in nine thousand theatres across the world. In India itself, it will be screened in 6,500 theatres. The fans have already queued up before the theatres for tickets.

Meanwhile, the portal staff was elated. Ashish Saxena revealing the counts said that they did not expect such a record booking.  He said that maximum tickets were sold in Southern parts of the country. The staff at the portal was surprised at the huge response. It is learnt that all the tickets in multiplexes were already booked for a whole week.

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California: Press Note from Great India Films USA:

In a first for a South Indian film, all hard drives and KDM’s have arrived at the cinemas 24 hours prior to the first show.  As a result, there will be no issues with show cancellations or delays in even the smallest of markets.  We would like to thank the producers Arka Media of the film as well as Real Image/Que Cinema, Digital Cinema United, and IMAX for facilitating such a large and challenging release in a smooth fashion.

Also, we are proud to announce that advance ticket sales have already eclipsed the highest-grossing Indian film (of any language) on opening day.  We have passed $3 million in pre-sales and are adding almost $100,000 to this total every hour.  Make sure, if you haven’t already, to book your tickets in advance to avoid the disappointment of going back from a sold-out show.  With many theatres having reserved and luxury seating, as well as large-screen and IMAX formats, we have something available for everybody.  The film is also releasing in a record-breaking 425 theatres with over 1100 screens in North America alone.

Keep your eyes peeled here for additional breaking news as additional records are sure to fall throughout the weekend.

Jai Mahishmati

Jai Hind

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SS Rajamouli: Baahubali of Indian cinema

SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali 2: The conclusion is releasing on Friday all over the world. The magnum opus, touted as the biggest and most spectacular film ever made in India in five languages, is slated to break all the previous records. Cine buffs’ expectations are palpable and they can be gauged from the advance sale of tickets. Is Rajamouli going to be the Baahubali of Indian cinema?


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The whole country seems to be in the grip of Baahubali fever. On the eve of the release of sequel to Baahubali 1: The Beginning, movie lovers and the media in the two Telugu states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have nothing else to talk except Baahubali 2: The Conclusion.

The hype created by the media and the unprecedented promotions launched by the film producers around the world are as phenomenal as the making of the film. The extraordinary interest the film generated can be attributed to the mystery cleverly embedded in the first part – Why did Kattappa kill Baahubali? The answer has been left to the rich imagination of cine goers and for two years they have been scratching their heads, proffering various explanations.  On Friday, the question that has been tickling millions of Baahubali fans across the world will be answered.

But what unfolds on thousands of screens in India and the US and Canada is more than un-riddling of a puzzle: A world that has never been presented to Indian cine audience by a director who is mostly known to only South Indians; a fantasy woven around characters who spring to life straight from Indian mythological stories depicting valour, honour, gallantry, among others; the fabled opulence and grandeur of ancient kingdoms, internecine battles for power and glory, clannish treachery, et al.

In other words, Rajamouli and his team have explored a world that is limited to folklore and mythology and projected it on to the screen in all its splendor. It’s a feat few producers and directors have ventured to do on such a grand scale as to rival Hollywood masterpieces of yesteryear.

Baahubali is comparable to The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Avatar, which have wowed the audience worldwide in recent years for their story narrative, visual effects, cinematography, etc. But Baahubali excels in other departments, particularly song and dance which is the forte of Indian cinema in any language.

Baahubali 2 is being touted as bigger than its prequel and more spectacular than any other Indian film made so far. Without budget constraints and commitment to perfection, Rajamouli’s magnum opus has already broken several records and is going to set many others in the coming days.

For the record, Baahubali 2 will have the biggest ever release in India – about 6,500 screens readied for the show– and in almost all the theatres, including multiplexes, it is the only film to have five or six shows every day at least for a couple of weeks. In the US and Canada, where the film will hit 2,500 screens, the rate of advance booking sale is said to be $ 100,000 per hour! Considering the fact that Baahubali 2 is being released in five languages at the same time — Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam – its box office collections could surpass Rs 1000 crores, making it the first Indian movie to cross that mark.

In the last few days, the rage for the film has been such that when theatres started online booking, tickets had been sold out in a few hours despite the fact that Andhra Pradesh had given permission for cinemas to run six shows per screen per day and Telangana five. Scorching day temperature has not deterred Baahubali fans from standing in long queues to get tickets for any available show. It’s a different matter some might have sweated it out in heat and dust outside cinema halls to make a killing in the black market.

The mega budget, star-studded action-filled film with eye-popping sets and props shot with special effects is set to open a new chapter in the Indian cinema. Indeed, we have come a long way from the era of silent movies to mastering digital technology to enhance our audio-visual experience of cinema manifold. And, the credit goes to SS Rajamouli. He is truly the Baahubali of Indian cinema.

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Baahubali 2: Producer Shobu Accused Emirates Crew Of Racist Behaviour

Producer of ‘Baahubali-The Conclusion’ Shobu accused Emirates staff of rude behaviour. Shobu, Rajamouli, Prabhas, Rana and Anushka were returning from Dubai.

Hyderabad: Producer of Baahubali-2, Shobu Yarlagadda has complained on Wednesday of racist behaviour by the crew of Emirates flight.

Shobu was travelling by Emirates flight No 526 from Dubai to Hyderabad. Shobu,46, tweeted that the crew has misbehaved with Baahubali team. They were returning to Hyderabad after promoting the film in Dubai. He said the airlines staff at Gate B4 were very rude and harassed their team unnecessarily.

“I think one of the Emirates staff was being racist. I fly Emirates regularly and this is the first time I have come across this kind of attitude,” he tweeted. Shobu was accompanying director SS Rajamouli and actors Prabhas, Rana Daggubati and Anushka Shetty for the promotion of the movie.

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As Baahubali Fever Grips Fans, Ticket Prices Skyrocket

The magnum opus, which already broke records by getting permissions for screening five and six shows a day in both Telugu States, is screening in 8000 theatres across the country. Now it is set to break records with regard to ticket prices.

Hyderabad: The sensational mega budget movie Baahubali 2,  is breaking records much before its release. While the two Telugu States gave permission for six and five shows to be screened; the number of theatres it’s getting screened the world over is nearly 9000. Now, it has become a sensation as the rate per ticket is as high Rs. 2,400 in metropolis like Delhi.

While Baahubali fans are desperate to buy tickets, prices of tickets are giving a rude shock to them. The prices skyrocketed as the hype for the film reached its crescendo. As the distributors are getting ready for screening premier shows, prices of the tickets got wings and started flying in the sky.

The film, which is expected to rewrite the history of Indian Cinema records is directed by SS Rajamouli.The film is being released in 8,000 theatres across the country.  However, the prices of the tickets have become spencer.

The price of one ticket at Delhi’s PVR theatre is between Rs. 2,000 and 2,400.

On the other hand, Baahubali fever gripped two Telugu States. Tickets for every show have are already been booked for a week, and people are queuing before the theatres for general tickets.

There is criticism that such trend might encourage black marketeers.  It appears to be sure that fans of Baahubali are going to create a record of sorts by buying tickets crazily in the black market.

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Baahubali-2: Pre-release Biz Breaks Records

Baahubali-2 has done a record-breaking pre-release business overtaking the business made by the first part.

Hyderabad: Breaking all previous records, the pre-release business of Baahubali-2 has touched ₹ 130 crore in just two Telugu states, according to Industry reports. The magnum opus of SS Rajamouli has already crossed the ₹ 300 crore mark in the five languages it was being released. One trade source revealed that Nizam area has done a remarkable pre-release business of ₹ 47.5 crore. This is a record and no other film has grossed such a huge amount well before the movie is screened.

In fact, the first part i.e. ‘Bahubali-The Beginning’ has made just ₹ 66.20 crore pre-release business only. Compared to it, the second part i.e. ‘Bahubali-The Conclusion’ has made just double that amount –₹ 130 crore plus.

It might be recalled that the first part has grossed a whopping ₹ 600 crore, which is the second highest Indian movie to make such a massive revenue. It is expected that both the parts would rake in ₹ 1000 crore plus.

Area-wise pre-release business in AP and Telangana:

Nizam…..  ₹47.5 cr

Ceded…..  ₹25 cr

Vizag+Krishna…. ₹23 cr

Guntur…….. ₹11.5 cr

East, West….. ₹17.5 cr

Nellore….. ₹5.5 cr

Total Telangana + AP: ₹ 130 Crores

The grand premiere show of the mega movie will be on April 27 and the release is on April 28.

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RGV’s Remarks On Baahubali, Viswanath Continue To Provoke

Film director Ram Gopal Verma has commented in his own inimitable style on Baahubali and K Viswanath, Dada Saheb Phalke Award. Look at his audacity….

Mumbai: Maverick film maker Ram Gopal Verma (RGV) continued his arrows on Baahubali-2 ahead of its slated release on April 28 saying that the sequel will make most film makers feel like amateurs.

“I have a strong feeling Rajamouli’s ‘Baahubali 2’ will make rest of all filmmakers in the country feel like amateur TV serial directors,” Varma tweeted.

RGV earlier posted a pic with the ace director SS Rajamouli with a comment that Rajamouli looks sexier than him (RGV). To this, Rajamouli replied with folded hands saying, “Sir, leave me like this”.

RGV has also taken a dig at the national film awards recently. On conferring Dadasaheb Phalke Award to director K Viswanath, Verma said, “I have seen 95 films of Phalke but none has the standard of  Karan Johar or Raju Hirani’s films”. He added in his inimitable style that Phalke should be given an award in the name of Viswanath.

Phalke made 95 films and I din’t see a single film equivalent of K Jo film ..I think it’s just being ancient not recognising value of present.

“Forget public not 1 in film ppl would have evr seen a Phalke film..A really relevant award for today will be a Raju Hirani or a K Jo award.

“Vishwanath gaaru.. nenu Daada saheb cinemaloo choosanu …mee cinemaloo choosanu… ..naa vuddheshamlo Dada saheb ki mee peru meeda award ivvali.”

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Baahubali 2 To Shake AP State: Government Passes Special ‘GO’

Baahubali 2 is set to establish a new record in collections, thanks to the liberal help from AP Government.

Amaravathi: Baahubali 2 storm has begun across globe with the team busy in Dubai with promo for two days. Flick has got a huge support from Naidu’s Government.

The popularity of the film won a heavy bonanza from Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. The government agreed to let the movie be screened six times. From 7 am in the morning till 2 am (after midnight) they can screen the movie. The permission was granted for ten days after the release.

The permission came a day after Tollywood producers Daggubati Suresh, Kalyan, Damodar etc met AP Home Secretary Anuradha and urged her permission to screen five shows. They requested that all movies should be given permission to screen the movie five times a day and to hike the ticket prices without causing any inconvience to the audience.

AP Government gave a positive nod in price hike for Baahubali 2 which will be around ₹ 200. Another good news for the film makers is AP Government issued a special GO granting permission for 6 shows a day for Ten days from the release date.

Its certainly a good news for exhibitors and the flick will break all records as ‘Baahubali The beginning’ did.

Movie crossed Kanataka hurdle too which made the producers and distributors are doubly happy. Baahubali 2 will be remembered forever in Indian Cinema history as it is likely to collect not less than ₹ 1000 crore

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Baahubali 2: Kattappa’s Unconditional Apology To Kannadigas

With Satyaraj’s unconditional apology to Kannadigas, the controversy surrounding Bahubali 2 screening in Karnataka should end. The bandh call should also be withdrawn.

Bengaluru: Kattappa has at last broken his silence and profusely apologised to the Kannadigas for his remarks made nine years ago. He read out his apology in Kannada on Friday afternoon. Satyaraj, a Tamilian who played the role of Kattappa, an important character in Bahubali 1&2, has said his comments should not affect the film.

Satyaraj said he would continue to speak out on issues. What he said during Cauvery water dispute was not aimed at Kannadigas, he stated. At the same time, he tendered his apology for hurting the sentiments of Kannadigas. If Vatala Nagaraju and other leaders of Kannada self-respect movement accept Satyaraj’s unconditional apology, the controversy should end and the bandh call withdrawn.

Reasons for resistance: Baahubali 2 was facing hurdles with more than 45 organisations in Karnataka ranged against the release of the India’s most prestigious flick. The only reason protestors are claiming is refusal by Satyaraj to apologise for his statement which was made 9 years ago. That reason is no more valid. Satyaraj is neither the hero nor the producer nor a stakeholder in the movie.

According to film industry sources, Baahubali 1 collected more than ₹ 40 crore gross in Karnataka which proved the power of a Telugu film in kannada region. Usually Telugu flicks make ₹ 7 to ₹ 9 crore gross, but the figure of Baahubali 1 reportedly worried the bigwigs among the kannada producers.

Reliable sources from Telugu industry say that there are Kannada producers and distributor behind this agitation to halt the Baahubali 2 which is expected to touch ₹ 50 crore gross thus beating all previous records of Karnataka.
Certainly Baahubali 2 created ripples all over India and Kannada Industry brought sensitive issue to the fore to break the wave created by the magnum opus.

Director Rajamouli appealed to Kannadigas to allow screening of the film. Legal options were not considered since it is an emotional issue and only an apology by Satyaraj would satisfy the Kannada activists.

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