Baahubali is set to bring more focus and integration in India’s movie business


Sociologists are anyway calling it Hindu cinema. It’s merely incidental that Prabhas’s nickname down south is Rebel Star. One of the sharpest minds of the movie business, Karan Johar not only did a Gokhale on SS Rajamouli but also became his partner to land Baahubali 2: The Conclusion into theatres as a Hindi release. In fact, when I saw Makkhi (Eega), I knew this fly was headed to set Bollywood-ki-Lanka on fire. Seeing parallels between films and politics, a film producer friend compared Amarendra Baahubali’s thunder at box office to Narendra Baahubali’s might in the recently concluded Uttar Pradesh elections. These sort of optics are too much for Bollywood to handle. So much so that biopics on India’s two biggest icons — Gandhi and Sachin — have been made by foreigners. They found the subject too Madrasi. Related News
Kangana Ranaut attacks Karan Johar again, accuses him of writing a brainwashing blog on nepotism. Suddenly, Rajamouli has become the savior that the Indian film industry needs and deserves. However, it will be wrong to dismiss Baahubali films just as a VFX shindig. Studios have found a unique solution to this: Replace old-school star filmmakers with technically sound directors from the world of advertising. Was this expected? He just needs to understand the pulse of the people. Apart from the PR launch-pad, the most beautiful and best thing about Baahubali 2 is that it is actually a great film, unlike umpteen big budget Bollywood films which are watched by all but liked by none. I faced this problem when I was pitching my film Poorna to producers in Mumbai. Problem is that Bollywood is obsessed about fighting about freedom of expression but it has nothing new to express both in form and content. The whirring rhythms of the Baahubali juggernaut has cast an envelope of dust over Bollywood which is getting trolled, again. Bollywood suddenly seems like the evil underserving uncle Bhallaladeva, who has enjoyed the fruits of privilege and power which Baahubali is all set to overthrow. As an astute observer, Gokhale’s character knows that Gandhi has both the product as well as the potential to recreate the South Africa magic in India. The Hindi version alone has already raked in Rs 500 crore plus based on conservative estimates. The gist of coffee house conversations in Versova, the film hub in Mumbai, is a confusion between fight and flight. Gandhi takes the plunge, and eventually, the Kathiawadi barrister becomes the Father of the nation. Baahubali works because of strong story-telling and shockingly strong characters who are totally unapologetic about their motivations in an unadulterated dose of Tretayuga (Ramayana) and Dwaparyug (Mahabharata) in a two-hour span. Actor Neha Dhupia once summed up the movie business in Bollywood by saying, “Only Shah Rukh and sex sells.” She has been corrected — it’s Shah Rukh, sex and VFX (visual effects). Pursuant to this experience, a new narrative has emerged. Our stars are ageing. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App Something similar happened in the Indian movie industry recently. However, to be more specific, I strongly expect more Hindi films on: Mythological subjects; revivalist Hindu historicals (without beef, horse-meat, and ox meat, of course) and military-based jingoistic films. See photoAarambh: Hrithik Roshan, Twinkle Khanna, Karan Johar find Baahubali TV show ‘fantastic’There is a scene in Richard Attenborough’s film Gandhi where Shriram Lagoo playing Gopal Krishna Gokhale prevails upon the South Africa-returned barrister Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi (played by Ben Kingsley) to travel all over India. Hence the nuances, the storytelling woof and warp needs to get better. Baahubali has come as a blessing just when Bollywood was almost about to be controlled by accountants, agents and business school alumni. But who would provide the mindsets and an enabling ecosystems to these filmmakers and writers? Also expected is a matured reaction to Baahubali films — films that package and celebrate modern India’s civil society dealing with complex legal and constitutional framework and concept of justice. So if you can’t tell your own story, someone else will. Baahubali movies are set to bring more focus and integration in the movie business in India. No one knows. Rightly so, the liberal and very articulate left wing elitist posturing (matched by right wing posturing) which Bollywood employs to wash its poor filmmaking sins, or as a diversion tactics for its own exploitative practices, has been cracking under the weight of box office numbers of this Dravidian assault. These also made us aware of the power of the medium in the hands of an uncompromising filmmaker. 2017-06-27T16:52:48+00:00″>
Published:June 27, 2017 4:52 pm

SS Rajamouli has become the savior that the Indian film industry needs and deserves. Hopefully, with the Baahubali twins having toured the Hindi heartland, Bollywood will be less racist and less condescending, even in its praise of South Indian film icons or narratives. The question is who will make these, and how? So how will Baahubali impact masala Bollywood? A movie which is been in making since 1,000 years brought to the earth by the personae of an ever-smiling, humble, idealistic filmmaker cast in the mould of Bhagirath. Watch videosKaran Johar remembers father Yash Johar on death anniversary, says ‘his teachings are my lifeline’. In the same way as it will impact masala Tollywood or Kollywood, or any film industry missing the wood for the trees.