"Baahubali" is a multilingual period film, which will be released in two parts. The movie has been directed by SS Rajamouli and produced by Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni.
Rajamouli's father V Vijayendra Prasad has written the story for "Baahubali", while SS Rajamouli, Rahul Koda, Madhan Karky and Vijayendra Prasad have penned the screenplay for the movie, which is about two warring brothers. Here is the brief story of the film "Baahubali - The Beginning" as revealed by the makers.
Shivudu is a flamboyant, outward, free-spirited and fun-loving person. He is brought up in the forests and is unrestrained by any kind of law. He is an adventure seeker, a quality that comes from a longing from within. He loves water falls and mountain-climbing.
He does not know his identity and is in search of answers to questions like, "Who I am" and "Where have I come from". He gets to know his identity at the end of "Baahubali - The Beginning". (Read detailed story)
"Baahubali" features an ensemble cast of Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah Bhatia, Anushka Shetty, Ramya Krishnan, Sathyaraj, Nassar, Adivi Sesh, Tanikella Bharani, Sudeep and others. Here are the lead actors and the characters played by them:
Prabhas - Amarendra Baahubali and Shivudu (Click here to read more about Shivudu)
Rana Daggubati - Bhallala Deva (Telugu) and Palvaalthevan (Tamil)
Tamannaah - Avantika
Anushka Shetty - Devasena
Sathyaraj - Kattappa
Nassar - Bijjala Deva (Telugu) and Pingala Devan (Tamil)
Ramya Krishnan - Sivagami
Sudeep - Aslam Khan in cameo
Adivi Sesh - Bhadrudu
Presenters: K Raghavendra Rao (Telugu), KE Gnanavel Raja (Tamil), Karan Johar (Hindi) and Global United Media (Malayalam).
Music: MM Keeravani
Cinematography: KK Senthil Kumar
Editing: Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Art Direction: Sabu Cyril
Costume Designer: Rama Rajamouli
VFX Supervisor: V Srinivas Mohan
The filming of "Baahubali" began at Rock Gardens in Kurnool on 6 July, 2013. Later, the film was shot in Athirappilly Falls and other exotic locales in Kerala. The war as well as some song sequences have been shot at costly sets erected at Ramoji Film City, Golconda Fort and Annapurna Studios in Hyderabad. Some portions of the film have also been canned in Mahabaleshwar and Bulgaria.
The movie was shot for over 350 days and its post-production and promotion took another 150 days. The making of the film has taken around 500 days, which is said to be a record in the Indian cinema. (Check out Baahubali set photos)
Budget, Sale of its Rights and Censor
The two parts of "Baahubali" have been made with a whopping budget of ₹250 crore. Part 1 - "Baahubali - The Beginning" alone has fetched over ₹150 crore from the sale of its music, satellite and distribution rights. The movie has got U/A certificate from the Censor Board. (Read Baahubali Review by Censors)
"Baahubali" has been generating enough buzz in the media ever since it was announced. A number of promos released with different versions (Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi) have garnered overwhelming response from viewers, who are eagerly waiting to watch the film in theatres. (Read Baahubali trailer review)
Release and Advance Booking
"Baahubali – The Beginning" will be released in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi on 10 July. The makers have planned to release the movie in over 4000 screens worldwide. The advance booking for the film opened a week before its release and tickets for the first weekend have been sold almost everywhere a day before its release. (Read more)
Box Office Prediction
After seeing the huge response to advance booking and high ticket prices at some places, trade experts predict that "Baahubali – The Beginning" will collect over ₹30 crore at the worldwide box office on the first day. It may even cross ₹100 crore in the first weekend. The movie is expected to collect ₹200 crore to ₹250 crore at the worldwide box office in its life time. (Click here to read more)