SS Rajamouli swept the Indian Box Office off its feet with Baahubali: The Beginning, an epic historical drama. Jointly produced by Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni, the film featured an ensemble cast including Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah, Anushka Shetty, Sathyaraj, Ramya Krishna, Nassar, Adivi Sesh, Tanikella Bharani and Kicha Sudeep.
The film, which was made on a huge budget of Rs 250 crore, is touted as the biggest Indian film released till date. The music and background score were composed by MM Keeravani while the cinematography, editing, art direction, and visual effects supervision were done by K. K. Senthil Kumar, Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao, Sabu Cyril and V. Srinivas Mohan respectively.
Baahubali hit the screens a year ago on 10 July 2015. And it is already a cult film of sorts. A whole 365 days after it first hit the screens, here are seven interesting facts about Baahubali:
1) Upon its release, Baahubali was touted as the biggest Indian release. The film was released in over 4,000 cinemas, when it released on 10 July 2015.
2) Baahubali was an instant hit on social media ever since the first look and trailer got released. The film captured the national interest so much that Bollywood director Karan Johar decided to distribute the film and release it in Hindi. The outcome was mind blowing as the Hindi dubbed version of the film crossed the coveted Rs 100 crore mark at Bollywood Box Office to become the first dubbed film to do so.
3) The making of the film required a year of pre-production work, two years of continuous shooting and a six-month post-production period. Hundred acres of Ramoji Rao Film City's land was used to shoot the massive climax war sequences for the film. The land was cultivated with maize crops for the required shot. Out of this land, 20 acres of land was used to build the sets of a kingdom with the help of over 1,000 workers for 200 days. A 125-foot-tall statue of Bhallaldeva (the role played by Rana Dagubbatti) was made by 200 sculptors and it weighed over 8,000 kg. Four cranes were needed to erect the statue.
4) The climax scene of Baahubali featured 2,000 body builders, 1,000 stunt men, 250 horses and around 25 elephants. The entire climax scenes were shot for a span of 150 working days. Also, over 2,000 junior artists were roped in as army fighters in the climax sequence of the film.
5) Actor Rana Daggubati weighed 88 kgs before signing Baahubali and the actor had to gain 32 kgs to get the required muscular look of warrior Bhallala Deva while Prabhas had to learn rock climbing for the film. Both actors had to change their food habits and turned vegetarians completely during the making of the film.
6) Baahubali entered the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest poster after beating the poster of Akshay Kumar starrer Boss. The record-breaking poster has an area of 4,793.65 m² (51,598.21 ft²) and was achieved by Global United Media Company Pvt Ltd (India) in Kochi, India, on 27 June 2015.
7) Baahubali is touted as the third all-time biggest grossing film of India after Aamir Khan starrerPK and Salman Khan starrer Bajrangi Bhaijaan. The film minted Rs 600 crore worldwide. The film has won two National awards for Best Feature Film and Best Special Effects.