SS Rajamouli has become India's favourite director thanks
to the Baahubali franchise. The first film Baahubali: The Beginning became a
blockbuster with earnings over Rs 650 Crore, and by the looks of it, the sequel
is a worthy successor.
Starring Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty and Tamannaah Bhatia in lead roles Baahubali 2: The Conclusion has opened to housefull theatres across Mumbai.
A visit to a few suburban theatres made it clear what the term 'Housefull' means. Morning shows opened up to almost 98-100% occupancy in some of the most popular multiplexes (Cinepolis Andheri West, PVR ICON Versova, Carnival Cinemas Oshiwara, Movietime Goregaon, PVR Juhu). The footfalls were definitely higher than anything that we have seen in the recent past.
Audiences walking out of the theatres weren't disappointed. Everyone unanimously praised the grand scale of the film. Things were larger than life, and all expectations seem to have been met as people were referring to Baahubali 2 as the 'biggest war film ever to be made in India.'
The audience finally got the answer to the question which has been on everyone’s mind for the past two years - 'Why did Katappa kill Baahubali?'
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And by the way, the popular conspiracy theories about Katappa have all been proven wrong by the sequel.
So without further ado, let's have a word with some of the most trusted trade experts and film distributors to find out their expectations and predictions for Baahubali 2: The Conclusion.
Trade analyst Amod Mehra said, "The collections for Baahubali 2 will be earth shattering. It will rewrite history. Just the Hindi collections will give the Khans a complex. It’s surely going to be a supreme blockbuster."
Trade expert Taran Adarsh said, " Housefull boards are back. There are queues of people outside the theatres. It's a tsunami, a typhoon and a hurricane all together. In all languages it's creating a havoc."
PV Sunil, CEO and Director, Carnival Cinemas said, "We have never seen such a grand scale in India. We at Carnival Cinemas, have 13 14 shows per day and that is the highest number of shows given to a film ever at Carnival. All the morning shows had 100 percent occupancy. We had shows as early as 5.30 am in Bengaluru and it was housefull. Advance bookings took up 85-90 percent of seats for Friday and for the rest of the extended weekend 70 percent has been booked as of now. We are expecting that Baahubali 2 will cross Rs 70 Crore milestone easily in domestic market today itself."
Manoj Desai, Owner of Gaeity Galaxy (Bandra) and Maratha Mandir (Byculla) said, "Every morning show was full. The evening shows are full with advance bookings. Reviews of the movie have been fabulous, and people are enjoying every bit of it. Baahubali 2 is a sure shot winner."
Well, you heard what the audiences had to say and what the trade pundits had to predict. We will be back with the first day collections of the film tomorrow.
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