BY CLIFFORD COONAN
India’s most expensive film ever, Bahubali, has been described as India’s version of Troy, 300 or Hercules, but makers of the $40 million warrior epic insist the movie’s heart is all Indian.
Bahubali features superstars Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty and Tamannaah. The first installment of the two-part epic hits the screens in India on July 10, and the industry will closely watch its performance. Previously, 2011 release Ra.One, co-produced by and starring actor Shah Rukh Khan, was considered India’s most expensive film, with an estimated budget of about $27.4 million.
The movie is directed by S.S. Rajamouli, who helmed the blockbusters Magadheera and Eega. The film’s creators say that any similarities to Hollywood movie 300 are purely coincidental.
“The idea is to go for an international audience, outside the Indian diaspora. It is always nice to see your movie do well outside your comfort zone, for as many people as possible to see it,” producer Shobu Yarlagadda tells THR. He’s enlisted big names at events like the Cannes Film Festival to encourage this result, such as Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, a former shooter who took a silver medal at the Olympics in 2004.
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