Baahubali: The Conclusion is undoubtedly a blockbuster at the worldwide box office and is among the highest grossing movies ever made in India. While many call it to be a project that sets a benchmark for Indian cinema, there are a few others who are completely against the latest trend of movies entering 'crore clubs'.
During the recently held Manorama News Conclave, Padma Vibhushan awardee Adoor Gopalakrishnan has commented that making movies on a big budget is a crime considering the millions of people who do not have enough money to meet their daily ends meet.
"I am not happy seeing movies marching towards these crore clubs. We live in a place where there are many who do not have enough money to eat food. Is it not a crime to spend that kind of money for a movie, which is some kind of perversion?," the national award winning filmmaker stated.
He also claimed that Baahubali is a copy of the 1951 movie Pathala Bairavi, and that the SS Rajamouli directorial has delivered nothing good for the society. "Films like Baahubali create negative impact on society, and I will not even spend Rs 10 for Baahubali. If there is Rs 10 crore, we can make 10 good movies, similarly with Rs 100 crore, 100 movies can be made," he said during the recent event.
It has to be noted that Adoor had earlier too made negative comments on Baahubali. "When Baahubali gets a national award, it's devastating and sends a bad message to influencers," Adoor said during the Gateway LitFest conducted in Mumbai in February.
In response to the statements made by Mathilukal director, Sabu Cyril, the art director of Baahubali said: "If you give me a small paper, I can do a portrait on that. If you give me a medium size paper, I will do it on that. If you give me a wall, I will do it there. Whatever is the scale, I will try to do within that [sic]."
Meanwhile, actress-director Geetu Mohandas, who is currently busy with her movie Moothon starring Nivin Pauly, calls the idea of spending crores of money for graphic works for a movie 'foolishness'. "It's very foolish to think VFX can be best only if there is a huge budget. The movie I am working now is made on a basic budget, it has got extensive VFX and we have the best HODs. I hope it will turn out to be a decent movie," Geetu said during the Conclave.