It was a lazy weekend. So I came up with an idea of a movie outing with my family. After a brief discussion, we zeroed in on S S Rajamouli’s magnum opus BAHUBALI, which has already done enormous business, smashed all the records and still keeping the cash registers ringing in at the BO. Although it was the second time I was catching up the movie, but my zest was no less than a kid to experience a larger-than-life film on the big screen all over again.
Though we merrily stepped out for BAHUBALI, I secretly even presumed that we might not get any shows, as it’s been over a month that the film released. Moreover, in contemporary times (the ever-so-fast-moving-life) you hardly find any Bollywood movie enjoying such a long run in theatres. But it was a welcoming surprise, when we figured out that BAHUBALI is still ruling the roost at cinema halls!
We could list down a number of cinemas which are still successfully running BAHUBALI on their screens (not one but with two or more shows). Further, when we settled for a nearby multiplex, I was taken aback only to discover that the show is packed, all the tickets were sold out and we were late by a few minutes. So we proceeded for another cineplex (travelling in the heavy rains around 15 kms to a suburban mall), but made sure to book tickets well in advance this time around for a late night show, after the first experience. Luckily, we got the tickets and what was amazing was the show was houseful yet again!
We reached the mall way before time. While there was considerable time for the show (9.30) to begin, we chilled out at the food court and being an industry person that I am, (out of the inquisitiveness) indulged into a conversation with the folks present there. It was pretty astonishing to know that they hardly knew about the cast or the actors of the film. All they were interested was to check out the movie as they had heard some great reviews about BAHUBALI and its well-etched characters. Strange as it may sound for all those who go gaga over stars, but the movie buffs barely cared if BAHUBALI was a Shah Rukh or Salman outing.
After having a hearty chat, I could relate how the story, script and the characters of the film play an integral part for the moviegoers than just having starry faces. A big lesson that should be taken into account by our over-zealous filmfakers.
As I began to explore the magnificent work of Rajamouli, it was also a delight to witness how the patrons went berserk, hooted and cheered every time the protagonist ‘Baahubali’ came on the screen and the edge-of-the-seat actions, something that we used to experience till early 2000 for the Bollywood movies. Not only this, but even as I was leaving the hall, I could hear how people were raving about the movie.
We indeed appreciate and applaud for all the efforts taken by director Rajamouli and his team. And just can’t wait to catch the conclusion in 2016. In fact, the curiosity level has increased by multifold as to why Katappa killed Baahubali?
Rajamouli and all the other people associated with BAHUBALI must certainly feel rewarded to give the declining Indian Cinema a new boost! Kudos to the team for achieving a feat like this!