Bahubali 2: The Conclusion became the first Indian film to cross 1500 crores worlwide.
It became the first South film to cross 400 crores in its dubbed Hindi version. It’s the biggest hit so far in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada and its so far in Malayalam, Tamil Kannada and its native Telugu cinema. It has broken previous records of films starring superstars like Rajikanth, Mohanlal and Aamir Khan. And mind you, it has yet to release in China and Taiwan, where Aamir khan’s Dangal in going through an unprecedented bull run. Trade pundits predict a similar sort of run, if not better, when it finally releases in the Chinese market. The producers are currently showcasing it at Cannes in a bid to attract more buyers.
Going by the number alone, it’s sweet victory for Indian cinema at large. But what the current film and its first part have done is much, much more. It has convinced the South Indian producers to stop looking up at the Hindi film industry as the proverbial big brother. It has proved that they have the ability to make bigger and better films than Hindi producers. It has taught them that they don’t need to rely on Hindi stars to drive their product in the Hindi belt. Most importantly, it has taught them to look beyond regional borders. Good content has the ability to transcend boundaries. Even in today’s internet age, where movies can be downloaded the day they are released, the audience is willing to pay for polished content.
That is the greatest lesson of all.And the teachings haven’t gone unheeded. Shruti Hassan starrer Sanghmitra, which was launched at Cannes, looks to be another epic in the making. There are talks that at 1000 crores, the Mohanlal starrer where he plays Bheem, based MT Vasudevan Nair’s Jnanpith Award-winning novel Randamoozham (second Turn) would the costliest Indian film. The veteran has already started weapon-training for it. Mainkranika: The Queen Of Jhansi starring Kangana Ranaut, directed by Krish and written by SS Rajamouli’s father KV Vijayendra Prasad, is said to be the most Iavishly mounted film made on the life of Rani Of Jhansi.
Both Norht and South (and East and west as well) have an abundance of talent. It’s high time they all came together to create the best of Indian cinema instead of dividing themselves on regional lines. Rajnikanth Starrer 2.0, coming next year, stars Akshay Kumar as the villain, We need many such collaborations to compete with Hollywod on the world stage.