SS Rajamouli and Prabhas' "Bahubali 2" (Baahubali: The Conclusion) is confirmed to release on April 14, 2017. It is likely to clash with the multilingual "2.0", starring Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar.
The abrupt ending of "Bahubali: The Beginning" had created a lot of curiosity around the second instalment, and also led to speculations about its release date. Rumour mongers are silenced when Bollywood critic Taran Adarsh revealed the official release date of "Bahubali 2" on his Twitter page.
The latest speculation on social media is "Bahubali 2" will clash with Rajinikanth's "2.0". April 14, 2017 happens to be the Tamil New Year (Puthandu), and the makers of "2.0", who have planned to release it next year, are said to be eyeing this date. This festival is auspicious and a good season for a Tamil film in terms of box office collections.
Both "Bahubali: The Conclusion" and "2.0" are sequels to blockbusters movies — "Bahubali: The Beginning" and "Endhiran" ("Robot"), respectively. Both are being made with massive budgets, and the makers have very high hopes from them. If the two are released on the same date, they are sure to erode each others' shares and suffer losses.
"Bahubali: The Conclusion" is reportedly being made with a whopping budget of Rs 180 crore, while the budget of "Robot 2" is estimated to be nearly double Rs 350 crore. Given their budgets and the massive collection of their originals, they are expected to collect more than Rs 600 crore gross each at the worldwide box office.
Now, it remains to be seen whether the producers of "2.0" choose April 14, 2017 as its release date. If they do so, the reaction of the makers of "Bahubali: The Conclusion" will also be worth following. Stay tuned with us to read more updates on these projects.