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Is ‘Baahubali’ franchise the portion of inspiration that Bollywood needs right now?

Is ‘Baahubali’ franchise the portion of inspiration that Bollywood needs right now?

Baahubali franchise success

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to state that ‘Baahubali 2 – The Conclusion’ is guffawing away any other record made by any other film previously, in India. Whether or not you are enthusiastic about epic sagas, you got to admit that there’s something uncannily august about this impressive narration. Probably the grandeur? Probably the untasted royalism? Or probably a scale of visual treatment we rarely witness in Indian films.

The intention, however, is not to write a chronicle of its box office success. Rather, it is about time Bollywood discerned the success of ‘Baahubali’ franchise.

Over the past years, Bollywood has been undergoing perceptible evolutions; in terms of content of cinema, treatment of stories, experimental technical aspects and what not? But at the end, the perspectives still seem to be trapped in a labyrinth, as we meekly buy the easy success formulas of a film and try to justify why a film did or did not work out. ‘Baahubali’ franchise, however, is shaking the conventional rationale behind a film’s success or failure.

The ‘superstar value’ is simply not applicable for either ‘Baahubali’ or ‘Baahubali 2’; at least when it releases in four languages. True, it features Prabhas who has been in Telugu film industry for over a decade. Further true, it has Rana Daggubati playing the antagonist; someone who in seven years of his career had created a demonstrated filmography for himself. None, however, are known as conventional crowd-pullers. How sad! Bollywood, on the other hand, keeps looking for a Khan or a Kumar or at least an A-lister to carry a film on their shoulders. This immoderate dependence on star value in Bollywood does more than one harm to our cinema. First, any film lacking an A-lister has the chance not to work out. Because, we, the Indian audience, are usually way too adamant to take risks, go the theatre, spend money and give a shot to lesser known actors. Second, as and when a big film does not work out, you comfortably manifest it as the concerned star’s failure. Not justified!

As a professional who is required to closely observe the developments in showbiz, I am often both surprised and shocked at how makers fight over important holidays. Sitting into early 2017, you  know who is this year’s Diwali release going to belong to. More than often, there are ugly clashes between two or more leagues, trying to capture one date. With time, those conflicts only turn uglier, and many of Bollywood’s big banners are often a part of it. You might argue that an investor would naturally seek best ways to recover his money and a filmmaker would try to draw as much footfall as possible. We vehemently agree. Where are we missing the point then?

‘Baahubali 2’ is the freshest example of what a film’s success could look like. It’s not just about the X-crore club you manage to slip into, but also the scale of frenzy you put your viewers into. With no ‘superstar’ and no assistance of a festive season, this film puts on display that the accurate content can have a weekday 8 a.m. show all houseful.

Ever wondered why, even at the age of most experimental films, web series and short films, ‘Mahabharata’ still runs on Television? We, in general, are in love with anything and everything that reminds us of our glorious past. We hog on to anything that brings us the smell of glorious wars fought centuries back, the royal lives we’ve only read about and an illustrious history that has formed much of our present. The values that mankind has been nurturing for many centuries, all incepted from various events. Nothing pleases us more when we are taken back to the nascent stage of civilisation. Whether pleasant or unpleasant, those characters never fail to develop a sense of familiarity. Almost all our rituals celebrate the win of good over evil. Pay close attention to any epic, and you’d find the same happening. Epics are an intense attempt to take us many centuries back and place us amid a story that looks different but feels ever-relevant. SS Rajamouli, when he began working on the first part of the franchise, probably underwent piles of research, But over all, he believed this content was going to work.  No, Bollywood does not have to walk the same way every time. But, it sure has to be more diverse. If an epic saga can work out, so can a sci-fi or a superhero film. But when will Bollywood move over its usuals?

Keep content aside. Indian filmmakers seem way too reluctant in investing in sky-high technicalities. Indian cinema caters to and covers a large section to society and their stories, but all amid a poor technical treatment. Talent is not what we lack, elements are not what we lack. What we lack are greater visions and bigger investments at right places. Given a population of 130 crore, India has the potential to become the world’s largest film-market. The position is instead acquired by US. Technical and financial privileges are not the reasons why US conquered it. The precise reason is, they dared to experiment. China, on the other hand, grows on to become world’s second largest market for films. Will we still bank our money on nothing else but big names, done-and-dusted ways of storytelling, stuck in many uncertainties?

It’s time for an introspection!

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Dear Priyanka, it’s high time you starred in a Bollywood Film…

Dear Priyanka,

January 25, 2018, I went to a theatre to watch Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’. It was a first day, first show. I was keen to see what the director had to offer, after ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

Well, I was quite impressed with ‘Padmaavat’ thanks to the spectacular vision of SLB. Even the actors left a mark. While Ranveer Singh’s Khilji act was outstanding, Deepika Padukone looked stunning as Rani Padmavati and Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh impressed us. However, I felt there was something missing in the film, an ‘X – Factor’ that was there in ‘Bajirao Mastani’, but not in ‘Padmaavat’. I couldn’t put things together as what was that one thing missing in ‘Padmaavat’.

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Finally, after wracking my brains and heart for a few days, a box office comparison article on ‘Padmaavat’ VS ‘Bajirao Mastani’ finally gave me the answer I was looking for. It was you, Priyanka Chopra. The ‘X-factor’ in ‘Bajirao Mastani’ was missing from the magnum opus and now a Rs 250 crore plus profitable film ‘Padmaavat’. The subtle yet a powerful performance that you gave in ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

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I then literally went and checked out other dialogue promos of ‘Bajirao Mastani’ that featured you, and understood that not just ‘Padmaavat’, an ‘X – Factor’ from Bollywood has been missing. Bollywood is missing Priyanka Chopra, who is not just a pretty face, but a performer who can make us sit back and notice her.

Your last Bollywood movie was a 2016 release ‘Jai Gangaajal’. Though you were excellent in the film, your ‘Bajirao Mastani’ performance overpowers every other last release of yours.

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There’s no doubt that Priyanka, you are making India proud internationally with the ‘Quantico’ series and three Hollywood films in your kitty, but Bollywood needs you too. Its been more than two years, that your fans are waiting for you to announce your next Bollywood film. We have heard a lot about the films you might take up, SLB’s ‘Gustakhiyan’, Kalpana Chawla biopic, Rakesh Sharma biopic and ‘Fanney Khan’. However, till date, none have been announced as your next Bollywood project.

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Priyanka, it’s definitely high time that you come back to Bollywood, not just for your fans but for Bollywood. I am not saying that Bollywood can’t work without Priyanka and movies won’t be made. But, then the silver screen is missing a performer like you.

After all, as your songs goes, “Dekhi lakh lakh pardesi girl, Ain’t nobody like my DESI GIRL.”

A guy who misses you on big screen

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Alia's 'hike' affair, Ranbir's 'Dilli Wali Girlfriend' and endless rebound reports. Justified?

It has been confirmed that one of Bollywood’s cutest couples, Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra have parted ways. Breakups are always hard, be it a celeb or a commoner; but looks like it is harder for stars as rumours always find a way to rub salt into their wounds.

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Just few days back, Alia was being linked to her ‘Brahmastra’ co-star Ranbir Kapoor, over a comment made by Manish Malhotra on Neha Dhupia‘s Vogue BFFs, and now, according to some reports, Alia is getting close to Hike messenger founder Kavin Mittal. And the base for these reports seem as baseless as the reports that were going rounds regarding Ranbir’s affiliation with a Delhi-based girl, if you remember. (Also Check: Watch: Alia Bhatt spotted with her friend at Pali Village café)

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Alia and Kavin met at the World Economic Forum in 2017, and since then have been good friends. In fact, even the sources of such reports have confirmed just the friendship, but have gone on to add that friendship can evolve into something else, you never know.

Sometimes, it's nice just to do nothing #kashmir #roadtrip

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Well, that’s just a very absurd prediction to make. What a relationship evolves into or not, is something totally based on probabilities and circumstances. And unless there is any incident to prove that something is brewing between two people, how can anyone go on to speculate that two people are dating, or even can date. Can they just not be friends?

This does take us back to the time when Ranbir Kapoor had broken up with Katrina Kaif, and soon after, reports of him dating a Delhi-based girl has surfaced. Of course, those were busted soon after, when it came to foray that she was just a fan who requested for a selfie. Unnecessary negative publicity for both of them.

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Makes one wonder, as to where does the fine line between truth and speculation blur, so as to give birth to blatant lies. They say there is no fire without spark, but what’s the status of statements that have been created out of thin air, pushed out of context, with feelings and logics thrown out of the window? Something to ponder about.

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