Rajamouli Predicted ‘Baahubali’ Disaster?
It is known that ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’ was re-released this Friday in as many as 1000 screens across India. Going by the initial advance ticket bookings, trade experts predicted that the film will perform reasonably well. But, after its first weekend of theatrical run, the re-release idea has proved to be disastrous.
As per trade reports, the re-released film couldn’t collect even Rs 2 Cr, which is embarrassing for a film released in 1000 screens. Director Rajamouli is said to be miffed with this embarrassment for ‘Baahubali’, which collected Rs 600 crore when it was first released in 2015.
Who would go all the way to watch a film that has been screened numerous times on Television? Moreover, the DVDs are also available in the market.
Reports are now emerging that Rajamouli was strictly against the idea of re-release. Although he expressed his apprehensions against the re-release citing the above reasons, Karan Johar went ahead with his plan. Considering the craze for the second part, he allegedly expected that he can fill his pockets by releasing the first part.
As Karan was bearing all the expenses of Hindi re-release, Rajamouli and Baahubali producers let him go ahead as they didn’t want to get into his bad books and jeopardize ‘Baahubali 2’ release. In the end, Rajamouli’s fear came true as besides performing poorly, the re-release gave an impression that makers will not leave any opportunity to cash in ‘Baahubali’ craze.
Rajamouli hopes that this fiasco doesn’t show any impact on ‘Baahubali 2’, which will hit screens on April 28.