The Baahubali effect
Last week I went to see Baahubali. Glorious and extravagant, it is true to the south Indian style cinema. I really like south Indian movies for their original screenplays and neatly done quirky gimmicks. They are fresh and organic. I love the crude treatment they lend to their movies at times as it appeals to me due to their earthy leaning. They show beautiful mountains, valleys and unexplored and unreal terrains.
South Indian movies are said to have a huge impact on people as South Indian stars are worshipped by their fans. Prabhas plays the protagonist in Baahubali while Rana Daggubati is the antagonist. Though people all over India have enjoyed Baahubali and now know who Prabhas is, I knew about his popularity since 4 years. I had gone to Hyderabad for a holiday when I had seen his Telugu movie Mr. Perfect. I saw it in Telugu, as I had my friends - Vanessa, Cimba and Kuhoo with me, who translated the dialogues for me. I was very excited to go to the single screen cinema to watch the South Indian flick in its true essence.
Single Screen theatre in Hyderabad
My movie ticket
They had curtains on the screen which went up and people threw coins in the air when Prabhas made his entry. There were so many coins in the air that the sound they made was sharp in spite of the loud background score as their Mr. Perfect made his way on the screen.
Prabhas' four storied poster alongside the youth committee poster
Indeed, all south Indian stars are perfect for their fans down south. They love their stars unconditionally. I remember feeling super awed when I saw Prabhas’ poster which was four storied high with a huge garland around his neck. Besides they had a picture of a committee of sorts with some guys and it was titled, ‘Young Rebel Star Prabhas’. It was because of the rebellious roles he played I suppose. (Coincidently, Rana Daggubati’s Hindi movie Dum Maro Dum was also playing in the theatres at the same time, though I was keen on the Telugu film experience, hence went for it... I am glad I did as it was fun telling my friends here about South Indian cinema)
I had also been to the Ramoji Film City which is a famous place for South Indian and even Hindi movie shoots. Here is a little flashback into my trip down South to Hyderabad as I got nostalgic as a result of this movie.
Cimba, Vanessa, me and Kuhoo at Ramoji
I took these pictures from the flight- remember feeling very proud of myself
Golconda Fort - some movies have been shot here as well
This used to be the queens bath tub
The world famous Char Minar
I guess that’s why people love these movies. I love South Indian movies too... for their simplicity in characters, grandeur in production and beautiful dialogues. Ask a friend for translating and you would know what I mean.