Business is business and philanthropy is entirely personal, according to Sobhu Yarlagadda, one of the two producers of magnum opus Bahubali 2, that went on to collect Rs.122 crore on the first day, which is record in Indian film industry.
Responding to the rumours in social media that the producers will be donating the first five-day collections to army, embarrassed producers denied it vehemently, knowing the tricks of cinema business do not necessarily land all the revenue in their pockets.
Speaking to Telugu media channels, he said, “Some people are spreading rumors that we are donating 1st day collections to the army. It’s anoble cause but we haven’t planned to do anything of that sort. How can someone take financial decisions on our behalf?”
Their Arka Mediaworks, however, remained committed to social service as one can see that their website shows Bahubali 2 poster with a link to a Youtube video on Thalassemia, seeking donations as below:
Register and donate. Help be the cure #WorldThalassemiaDay https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tw_VcPnBiOE&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop …
Though Baahubali director SS Rajamouli rejected any idea of making Baahubali 3, Sobhu waspositive about it if a good script is available. “We may make Baahubali 3 if we get a right script, he told Greatandhra.com.
Otherwise, released on April 28, Bahubali 2 has made Rs.1250 crore in 13 days, continuing its capture of movie theatres in all major cities. In Bangalore, Kannada film producers have complained that the theatres are not available even after two weeks after the release of ‘Bahubali 2’.
The film ‘Bahubali: The Conclusion’ is a sequel to ‘Bahubali: The Beginning’ and it was released in 9,000 screens worldwide, 6,500 of them in India. Many theatres are reluctant to screen other films as the rush to see the movie has not declined considerably even after 14 days.