Director SS Rajamouli’s Magnum opus Baahubali is one of the most successful films in Indian cinema after the second part, Baahubali: The Conclusion, earned over INR 1000 crores at the box office worldwide. Baahubali even ran in theatres for more than 50 days making it for the first time for a Telugu cinema after a long gap. Prabhas and Rana became the nation’s heartthrob after the success of the film and have now become PAN India stars. But producer Shobu Yarlagadda says that the film had had its own share of problems.
Shobu and Rajamouli, before Baahubali, worked together on Magadheera which was also one of the most successful films in Tollywood. Speaking about the film at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, producer Shobu said, “The problem was the length – it couldn’t fit into three hours. We weren’t sure to let go of the story. That’s why we thought to do it as a two-part film. Rajamouli wanted to go back and try to accommodate it in a three-hour single film, but we stopped him from doing so.”
“I had confidence in Rajamouli. The challenge was timeline and to stick to the budget. But we did surpass our deadline and budget. It started as a Rs 120 crore project and then it went further. We always knew the film had to be pan-India. It did get a North Indian release but it wasn’t justified I believe,” Shobu further added.
But for Baahubali, Shobu says they were more prepared. “But for ‘Baahubali’, we started working on the Hindi release right from the first day and knew we had to do more to make it work pan India. We realized when the script was ready that there is so much from ‘Baahubali’ that can be told and not everything could be put into the film. So we started exploring options and putting things in place from when we started,” he said.