Ace director S S Rajamouli, a brand of his own, is all set to expand his foot prints to foreign soil s by releasing his magnum-opus Bahubali 2 in various foreign languages by dubbing the film in respective languages and rise the bar on Telugu cinema.
The action saga starring Prabhas, Anushka, Rana has already generated enough hype on various media and billed as the much-awaited release of the year across the world. “Initially, the war epic they thought of releasing the film on April 14, Tamil New Year, but later deferred it to April 28, to avoid a direct box office clash Hollywood action adventure Fate and Furious 8 starring Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson slated to released in the first week of April,” says a leading distributor on condition of anonymity, who adds “More than Rs 150 to 200 crores are riding on the foreign language versions alone, so it’s better to avoid a clash with Hollywood and register maximum opening collections by releasing on April 28,” he adds.
Meanwhile, Tamil rights of film were a whopping for Rs 70-odd crores including satellite rights (Bahubali was sold for Rs 25 crore), so its going to rock Tamil Nadu and surely opened up gates for Telugu cinema in Kollywood in a big way.
“Tamil distributors used to buy star-studded Telugu films for Rs 50 to 60 laksh but Bahubali 1 and Bahubali 2, changed the way Telugu cinema is looked at by Tamil viewers,” says Francis, Tamil film distributor and theatre owner.
Summing up the unprecedented craze for a Telugu film , producer Prasanna Kumar adds “In India, even top Bollywood, Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada stars are avoiding a clash with Bahubali 2 on April 28 and deferring their movies, which has never happened before in the history of Telugu cinema, hat’s off Rajamouli and his team” he concludes.