In a major shift, the Andhra Pradesh government has allowed the most-awaited magnum opus “Bahubali 2” to be shown in 6 shows per day from 7 AM to 2:30 PM, making it valid for 10 days at a stretch from April 28 to May 7.
The film by JJ Rajamouli has just overcome a controversial standoff in Bengaluru on Saturday where pro-Kannada activist Vatal Nagaraj had threatened to ban the film unless Tamil actor Sathyaraj who played Kattappa, a major character in the film.
When the apology came out duly from the actor pleading for the release of the film, Nagaraj relented and said the film can be released in Karnataka, especially Bengaluru. Though 6 shows may not be allowed in Karnataka, the film is certain to evoke full one week rush in all theatres and malls showing it.
Now that AP government has allowed 6 shows per day, Telangana may also allow the same as both are Telugu-speaking states with huge fan base for the film, which has been made in Telugu and Tamil simultaneously by the Telugu film industry with a national outreach with a dubbed Hindi version.
With 6 shows daily for ten days, Bahubali 2 is set to mint hundreds of crores to make the film an instant success in Telugu, followed by its reach at the national level. It is likely to make Rs.1,000 crore in the first 10 days, going by rough estimates.
Bahubali 2 features Prabhas as father and son duo of Bahubali and Rana Daggubati as their bete noir Bhallaladeva, fighting for the Mahishmati crown while Anushka and Tamannah play the lead female roles.
Prabhas as Shivudu (Shiva in Hindi) alias Mahendra Baahubali and Amarendra Baahubali
Rana Daggubati as Bhallala Deva (Pallavathevan in Tamil)
Anushka Shetty as Maharani Devasena
Tamannaah as Avanthika
Ramya Krishnan as Sivagami
Sathyaraj as Kattappa
Nassar as Bijjaladeva (Pingaladevan in Tamil)
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