One of the most expensive productions in Indian films, Baahubali- the Beginning was an artistic vision that culminated roots of Indian mythology and modern cinematic appeal as a tool to crack the box office at its highest, on the second day of the release itself.
Directed by S.S. Rajamouli, the movie was an ambitious work of art, a delight to the cinema obsessed’s and the costliest project Bollywood has ever been a part of.
In remembrance of the movie that it was, we bring to you some lesser known facts about the cinematic marvel on its first anniversary, which will make you fall in love with this piece of art a whole lot more:
1. Remember the waterfall sequence in the film? That was shot straight for 109 days.
2. The statue of Bhallaladeva weighed over 8,000 Kg.
It was a 125-foot-tall statue and was made by 200 sculptors. Rana gained 32 kg for the movie and made important changes in his food habits for his character.
3. The visual treat involved the efforts of 17 VFX companies and 600 VFX artists.
It also included the work of 25 national award winners such as Sabu Cyril and Srinvas who helped to make it a success.
4. It’s the first Indian movie to have its museum.
The museum established by the director houses the weapons, armours and the costumes actors wore during the film.
5. It won an entry in Guinness Books Of Records for the largest movie poster ever.
The poster was 50,000 sq feet long.
6. Actor Prabhas spent nearly 1.5 Crores on his gym equipments.
It surely didn’t come as a surprise after watching him in the movie!
7. The trailer of Baahubali got 4.05 million views in just 24 hrs on Youtube and 1.5 million on Facebook.
It’s also one of the most hugely successful trailers in the history of Bollywood trailers.
8. It became the only film to be featured on BBC’s documentary on 100 years of cinema.
9. Hrithik Roshan and John Abraham were reportedly approached to play the lead in the film.
However, after receiving no reply from them, Rajamouli chose to move ahead and signed Prabhas and Rana Daggubati as the lead characters, per a report in Bollywood Life.
10. It became the first ever Indian movie to get an IMDB rating of 9.4 out of 10.
Take a bow, S.S. Rajamouli!