For many people around the world, Indian cinema is only about Bollywood. Bollywood is a term that is used for the Hindi film industry. But the cinema of India is not only about Bollywood. India is a diversified land with many languages and that is why there are so many regional film industries like Tamil cinema, Kannada cinema, Assamese cinema, Odiya cinema and many more. Just a few years ago, Indian cinema was proudly celebrating its 100th anniversary and why not, because within a century, it managed to grow to an incredibly diversified industry which is now surprising the whole world. But this is something that I will talk in one of my future posts.
Baahubali 2 in numbers
Recently, when I was in London, I had a chance to see the latest blockbuster of Indian cinema – Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. I had high expectations as the movie was praised by many and also because it had broken many records. Before I tell you about what I think of this movie, let’s have a look at some interesting facts. Baahubali is the first Telugu movie released in 4K High Definition format. On the very first day itself, it broke the Indian record of the collections worldwide as it crossed 33 million USD (217cr INR). But that was just the beginning as the movie was going to create many more records. Within 3 days, the movie was the first Indian movie ever to reach the target of 81 million USD (540cr INR) which put it on the third rank of the global box office list. At USD 10.1 million, it was the best opening weekend for an Indian movie in the USA. And the movie kept gaining more and more popularity. Just a couple of days later, Baahubali 2 became the first Indian movie to cross USD 150 million (1,000cr INR) in its worldwide collection! And today, after more than a month of its release, the movie has reached 240 million USD (1600cr INR) already. The good news is that the movie is still not released in a big market like China and once it gets released there, the movie may be the first Indian movie to reach the figure of 300 USD (2000cr INR).
Baahubali 2 review
But these are just numbers. Is the movie worth this fame? In my personal opinion – yes but of course, there is always a room for improvement. South Indian industry can be proud of their achievement. Released in different languages – Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam, Bahubali 2 attracted millions of viewers across the world. And very honestly, I can tell you that during the first half, I was not able to take my eyes off the cinema screen. The outstanding colors, passion, great acting, mesmerizing music, breathtaking landscapes and a beautiful love story – I was simply stunned as this is exactly why I love in Indian cinema. During the interval, I could not stop talking good about the movie and its fascinating story. However, the second part did not reach my expectations but it is all because of my personal taste. I am not a big fan of fighting and sad stories. I must admit that I am very emotional during the movies and this one also broke me into tears a few times. But overall, I can easily say that the movie is worth to see and it clearly presents the passion and unique style that I found during my travels in South India.
Baahubali 2 – special effects
It is also important not to compare Bahubali to a Hollywood movie because they have different budgets and a different target audience. As far as the visual effects are concerned, they were really good in most of the scenes apart from a few which did not look that great. For instance, a Hollywood movie called Avatar had a budget 237 million ÜSD which was way bigger than any Indian movie and Bahubali 2 was made in just 37.5 million USD. Bigger budget opens more resources which can bring more quality. But with such type of successful blockbusters and a rapidly growing economy, we should be expecting India to make movies with very massive budgets in the future.
The importance of cinema
Cinema continues to play an extremely crucial role in any society. It is a massive power which influences millions around the world and that is why it is very important to have a responsible film industry which does not misuse its power. For India, The success of Bahubali is a potential game changer as it is going to set brand new standards for their film industry. It is going to push the writers to come up with original content, it is going to push marketers to overcome the regional barrier and encourage the industry to step up in cinematography and visual effects.And most importantly, it is an opportunity for the Indian film industry to inspire their people by increasing their awareness about their own country and its diversity.It is an opportunity to bridge the cultural gap by re-introducing India, its regions, its history and its glory to Indians while sending a message of love and peace to the world citizens.