Here’s why Baahubali 2 will be the greatest Indian blockbuster of all time

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is being made on a scale that is rarely seen in Indian cinema. Called the most expensive Indian film till date, Baahubali 2 along with the first film, Baahubali: The Beginning, pretty much stands at a position where it can be compared to James Cameron’s Avatar, for Indians, of course.
As we have already seen from the box-office success of spectacle-based, big-budget, idea-driven films from the West in India, Baahubali 2 is well-pegged to be the greatest Indian blockbuster of all time. Case in point: In 2016, The Jungle Book earned over Rs 243 crore in India. The previous year, Furious 7 earned over Rs 100 crore in India. And of course, Avatar in 2009 crossed the Rs 100-crore mark at the Indian box office and showed one and all that not stars, but characters, gorgeous visuals and a solid story is what is needed to make an idea-driven film really work for the desi audience.
However, the makers of Ra.One borrowed the concepts of cyborgs, artificial intelligence and video game characters coming to life from Hollywood science-fiction.
These ideas and concepts are foreign to the Indian audience.
Our audience understands stories that rise from the soil of our country. The immense success of folklore and religion-driven soaps and serials and the popularity of animated shows like Chhota Bheem prove that stories based on Indian mythology and those that borrow imagery from Indian religion really work their way into the audience’s hearts. SS Rajamouli and his father, the writer KV Vijayendra Prasad, have tapped into these sentiments to build up Baahubali and they have done such a good job of it, that there is no way that Baahubali is not going to be a blockbuster. Or the scene of Bhallala Deva fighting the bull which harkens back to the visual imagery of Jallikattu. The scene where Shivudu (Prabhas) carries the Shivalinga atop his shoulders with a gigantic waterfall in the background. Or just the architecture of the kingdom of Mahishmati, a kingdom whose existence is genuinely rooted in history as part of the Avanti kingdom.
All these moments create a semblance of familiarity in the minds of the audience for the Baahubali films. These are images that the audience carries home long after the movie has ended and the mythical, epic roots of these images explain the success of the Baahubali films.
Today, they are exposed to a variety of films from all over the world. The Indian audience today is cinematically more aware and has the intelligence to figure out if the filmmaking on display is lazy. As such, it is a matter of national pride for most Indians that an Indian crew has been able to pull of an expensive project like Baahubali with complete indigenous talent.
Attached with Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is a lot of sentiment and this sentiment will ensure that Baahubali 2 makes big, BIG bucks at the box office.

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