The much awaited film of the year “Baahubali 2” has already earned more than Rs 500 crore even before its release, recent reports suggest. Further, the reports said that the massive earning is mostly from the sales of its theatrical rights.
The film, which is being directed by National Award- winner director SS Rajamouli, is set to release in three languages- Hindi, Telugu and Tamil. The Hindi version of the film will be presented by Bollywood’s popular filmmaker Karan Johar.
Reportedly, “Baahubali 2” has made a record price for its theatrical rights that will give Bollywood’s biggest titles a run for their money.
According to a pre-release break-up provided by industry tracker Ramesh Bala, the theatrical rights of the film’s Hindi version has fetched a monstrous Rs 120 crore. "Baahubali: The Beginning", that was released in 2015, became the first south Indian movie dubbed in Hindi to collect Rs 100 crore at the Bollywood box office.
The film, meanwhile, has made more than Rs 130 crore from the sales of its theatrical rights in Telugu states. Its Tamil Nadu rights have fetched Rs 47 crore, which is the highest price paid for a non-Rajinikanth film.
In Kerala, the sale of film’s distribution rights has made Rs 10 crore, in Karnataka Rs 45 crore. The distribution rights of North America has also earned Rs 45 crore while the USA numbers are still unknown.
These pre-release trade numbers show the enormous amount of interests and recognition that the film enjoys around the world. The visual effects of “Baahubali 2” are also expected to be superior compared to its first part, which set the benchmark for making period films in India.
The film is in post-production stage and about 33 studios around the world have been working on the film’s special effects as the countdown for its release as already begun.
“Baahubali 2” stars Prabhas, Anushka Shetty, Rana Daggubati,Tamannaah among others in important roles and is bankrolled under Arka Media Works banner. The film will hit the cinemas on April 28.