SpotboyE.com caught up with Rana Daggubati, who essays the role of the antagonist, Bhallala Deva, in the film. Excerpts from the conversation that followed:
How do you feel now that Baahubali 2 has finally hit screens?
I am really excited that it's finally done and out here. Obviously, we were looking forward to it for months now.
Baahubali is the biggest franchise in Indian cinema. Were you nervous before the sequel released?
Did cast members expect the film to become this massive when they first signed up?
No. But we hoped.
You gave 5 years of your life to Baahubali. Did the length of time invested in just one film never trouble you?
You did a few projects in between the two Baahubali films. Did any of them get affected because of the enormous physique you had built for Baahubali?
Well, no. They didn't get affected. But this was precisely the reason why I didn't do a lot of films in between Baahubali 1 and 2. I was stuck in that look for the first 3 years.
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Talking of the box-office numbers, Baahubali 1 earned about Rs 650 Crore worldwide, and Baahubali 2 has already amassed Rs 506 Crore worldwide in just 3 days. At what figure do you think the frenzy will stop?
It is said that the sky-high ticket prices are bound to contribute largely to the film’s collections. Don’t you think these factors affect the common man?
I can’t comment on that. Down South, there is a cap on ticket prices, but it’s different in Mumbai. I guess, each state has different rules and regulations, so we can't say much about that.
We spent over Rs 450 crore in making these films, which is a huge number. Each one has his or her way of making the money back.
Moving a bit away from Baahubali, Naam Shabana (2017) was a prequel to your film Baby (2015). Everyone from Akshay Kumar to Anupam Kher was seen in that film. Why were you not a part of it?
In the film they were finding her (Shabana), and I am assuming they will find me at a different juncture in their lives. You will have to call Neeraj Pandey and ask whether there's a part coming up where they will show my character being discovered.
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