10 interesting facts about India's Biggest Motion Picture "Bahubali : The Beginning".
Director S.S.Rajamouli's Magnum Opus is all set to hit the Big Screens on the 10th of July 2015. The sequel is still in the production phase and is set for a 2016 release.
FACT #1 :
“Bahubali : The Beginning” is touted to be the most expensive film in the history of Indian cinema, with a budget of Rs.250 crores. The epic war film will open in over 4000 screens worldwide when it hits the theatres on July 10th. Around 4,500 VFX shots were created for this film, which is highest for any Indian film. The film was simultaneously made in Telugu and Tamil with dubbed versions releasing in Hindi, Malayalam, English, French and Japanese as well.
FACT #2 :
Bahubali is one of the movies that was part of BBC's documentary on 100 years of Indian cinema. It was the only movie that was documented by the BBC prior to its release - During the principal photography stage of its Production.
FACT #3 :
Bahubali has the highest number of National Award winning technicians working on the project. Anuska Shetty is the only Heroine to be repeatedly cast in a Rajamouli film. She had earlier done "Vikramarkudu" with the ace director. Rajamouli has the habit of not picking up heroines from his earlier films, but Anushka has broken the jinx this time. Around 800+ Technicians worked on Art, Design and Visual Effects for this magnum opus.
FACT #4 :
As the film is a perodic flick which includes humongous war and fight sequences, trainers from Veitnam had to be been roped in to train the lead actors including Prabhas, Anuskha, Rana and Satyaraj with ace stuntman Peter Hein helming the action sequences.
FACT #5 :
Prabhas and Rana had by far surpassed the 100-Kg weight target that was set for this film by Rajamouli. The duo undertook uncountable hours of special muscle training to put on the physique required for their respective roles.
FACT #6 :
Prabhas and Rana had to adhere to strict diet plans to gain some serious weight for their respective roles for the film. The actors had to take 6-8 meals a day and every item had to be strictly non-vegetarian only. The actors had to eat according to their diet plan every 2 hours and rice was definitely off their menu. The target for both actors was to consume 2,000-4,000 calories per day.
FACT #7 :
The film was shot using Arri Alexa XT camera, marking Rajamouli’s first full length feature film to be shot using digital cameras. Twenty-six VFX studios ( Indian and international ) and 600 graphic artists executed the graphics at 18 facilities around the world.
FACT #8 :
It took Almost 1 year for Pre-Production work which is highest for any Indian movie till date. The magnificent palaces, impregnable forts, breath-taking water falls were all created for the movie. Usually a 24-foot-high scale set is created, but for this movie the makers decided to go for 45-foot-high scaled sets.
FACT #9 :
The makers of the film had gifted Prabhas some major league Body Building equipment imported from overseas. The equipment had cost them a whopping 1.5 Crore INR. His breakfast included 40 boiled eggs everyday. Currently, he is steadily loosing weight to get ready for the sequel which would go on the floors from this September.
FACT #10 :
The film's Twitter handle posted a picture of the 'world record' movie poster. The poster was unveiled in Kochi. The movie has entered Guinness Book of World Records by making the largest poster ever. History had been made through this grand poster of "Bahubali : The Beginning". The poster is said to be measuring a mammoth 50,000 sq feet in dimension.