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Baahubali 2 movie pre-release event highlights: SS Rajamouli film is a fruit of 5 years of hardwork. See pics, videos

Baahubali 2 movie launch event highlights: The makers live streamed the event from Hyderabad, using virtual reality technology, which is a first in India.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 27, 2017 12:00:22 am
Baahubali 2 movie pre-release event highlights: The magnum opus promise to be worth the wait, when it’ll release on April 28.

Baahubali: The Conclusion’s grand pre-release event was not short of a festival for Prabhas’s fans. After all, they had to wait over 2 years to see him back on the silver screen, after Baahubali: The Conclusion. The event was a happy occasion that saw the film cast Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah, Sathyaraj, Ramya Krishnan, Nasser; and the crew – MM Keeravani, screenwriter Vijayendra Prasad, VFX person Kamalakannan, editor Vamsi, line producer Valli, costume designers Rama Rajamouli and Prashanthi, director SS Rajamouli and producers Shobu and Prasad of Arka Productions were all overjoyed to see that after 5 years of hard work, today, they are on this stage together for this grand event.

Everyone who spoke about their experience on the sets; talked about the passion, the patience and the love that they showed this project over the last years. Everyone was awed at Shobu and Prasad’s courage to bankroll a project such as this. Everyone was impressed with Prabhas for spending the last five years on this one project. And everyone was at the edge of their seats when it sounded like Sathyaraj was about to reveal why Kattappa killed Baahubali.

More than a launch event, it was a  celebration. They celebrated the success of not just Baahubali, but of their hard work, patience, dedication and love. The movie is all set to release worldwide on April 28, 2017, and we cannot wait for the treat.

Catch Baahubali 2 pre-launch event’s live updates and live streaming with SS Rajamouli, Prabhas and Rana Daggubati.

Watch | Baahubali 2 – The Conclusion Pre-Release Event LIVE 360°

10.20 PM: Prabhas, who took over, just thanked all his fans for waiting two years to see him on screen, the cast and crew and uttered the most popular dialogue from the trailer before saying good night. He said, “When I have you by my side, the person to kill me is not even born.” Perfect end to the grand pre-release event.

10.18 PM: SS Rajamouli continued thanking his crew with Vamsi, MM Keeravani – the music composer and everyone who was behind the success of the trailer. He also explained the hard work that went into this and pointed out how the technicians even worked on individual songs for every important character in just the last 10 days. He went on to thank the production boys, who took care of pack up, food and almost everything.
He said how he always wondered what he had given to Prabhas who had put in 5 years of his life to the movie. And said, “When I was in Mumbai for the trailer launch, I heard the fans screaming for Prabhas. Not in AP but in Mumbai and that was my answer to the question.”

And, because there was just too much to say and too many people to thank, he finished with Thank you, everyone. And then handed it over to Prabhas.

10.12 PM: Because of shortage of time, K Raghavendra Rao, SS Rajamouli, MM Keeravani, Sabu Cyril, Kamalakannan, Karan Johar, Rama, Prashanti, Valli, Nasser, Sathyaraj, Subbaraj, Ramyakrishna, Anusha, Tamannaah, Rana Daggubati – after all of them were invited on stage and SS Rajamouli took over and said to his fans, “Darling fans, are you happy now? There is more for all of you to watch the film. I have a lot of people to thank. I have a list here so that I don’t forget anyone. I wanted to first thank Ramoji Rao sir, for giving us this stage; to the Commissioner of Police Mahesh Bhagwat.”

He thanked every policeman who helped in conducting the event without any problem. He thanked his choreographer, Prem, who not only choreographed a dance sequence but something called arrow dance, which is a fight sequence. He also thanked his fight master Solomon, who was there throughout the years. He thanked his editor, Thangaraj, who has been with him since the beginning. He thanked Sethil for travelling with him for 5 years and the many films. He thanked Sabu Cyril for giving his ego a jolt when he fell asleep during the narration, and Kamalkannan for teaching him the basics of VFX and working with his constant change.

When it came to his wife Rama, who also happened to be the costume designer of the film he said, “Thank you chinni, for being my support. For keeping that balance between personal life and work. For keeping me grounded and more. Thank you.”

9.50 PM: The crowd cheering for Prabhas, the chorus of Prabhas’ name and the whistles, the hoots, were nothing short of adulation that Baahubali/Prabhas got. The performance was impressive, the music beautiful and tribal.

9.48 PM: Rana Daggubati, the Bhallala Deva of Baahubali came on stage next to talk about his experience of working in the film. His entry on stage was surprising and packed with power. A performance was staged where there were soldiers on stage who danced to Bhallala Deva’s track.

After the performance, he came on stage and said, “I was so proud when I heard that track. Every minute of the last five years is close to my heart. However many films I do in my future, he will remain my favourite co-star. But, I also felt sad that I wouldn’t be able to go back to Mahishmati. There were even tears in my eyes.” He also added about his crew, “Valli ma’am I will miss you the most. Rajamouli sir, thank you so much for casting me as Bhallala Deva as I am not sure I will ever get a character like this in my life.”

9.40 PM: Anushka also added, “All of us have put in so much effort in this film, but it was Prabhas who didn’t do anything else and dedicated 5 years to this film. I am sure all of us have learnt something or the other from each other. I am sure we will make you proud with this project.”

9.35 PM: “When I was working somewhere, people who were there didn’t know that I was a composer or that I worked for Baahubali. But, they knew I was Valli’s husband and at that time I was proud of my partner,” also added MM Keeravani.

9.30 PM: MM Keeravani went on to explain the music behind the record-breaking trailer. “Why Kattappa killed Baahubali? This is what SS Rajamouli wanted initially. I lent my own voice for this and recorded a fierce Why Kattappa killed Baahubali?. Rajamouli said he wanted only ‘Why’ and we used that. Now it has gone to get 100 million views.”

He went on to wonder how the cast and crew could do something like this with a project. “From Why, I wondered ‘How’? How they could do something amazing like this, he said.”

9.23 PM: MM Keeravani, the legendary music composer who also composed the music of Baahubali: The Beginning had the audience covered in goosebumps as he came on stage with one of the greatest songs of Baahubali playing the background. He said, “In this movie, not only an opportunity to write the song, but I had a chance to sing.” He went on to sing the song and invited SS Rajamouli on stage. Everyone stood up because there was no way this beautiful moment could not get a standing ovation.

9.17 PM: From Kuch Kuch Hota Hai to today, Karan Johar’s journey was shown beautifully on audio-visual. “I am stumped,” said Karan Johar in the beginning. He added, “Baahubali is probably is the greatest Indian film ever made. 67 years later, Baahubali has beaten the magic created by Mughal-e-Azam on screen. His cinema has a soul, his personality has the gumption and I don’t think I have even 10 percent of that.”

Karan stressed about how this is one of the best even and thanked the producers and SS Rajamouli for giving him the opportunity to be a small part of one of India’s greatest project. “This is the biggest movie event in the history of Indian cinema and I have to say, the cast is amazing. This is what pure dedication is, pure strength is and I want to go back home and teach this.”

9.10 PM: When we wanted to take this project out of Tollywood and make it national, we went to Karan Johar, he saw it and he could see the potential in that. Because he put the name on it, we conquered one of the toughest industries to break. Thank you, Karan Johar for being a part of this journey.

9.07 PM: Talking about Prabhas, “Today it is not about how much money I can give you, but how much time I can give you. Prabhas spent 4 years on this project with a smile and no questions asked. Rana carried this film on his shoulders – be it in Bollywood or internationally. Actors sweety (Anushka), Tamannaah or Ramya Krishnan. Everyone has been great.

9.06 PM: The entire team gave a standing ovation for the producers Shobu and Prasad. Shobu explained how the phenomenon called Baahubali wouldn’t have happened without the team that stayed together for 5 years. He said, “I don’t none of us worked for the money but passion. Because, if it was just money than we couldn’t have stood together. The captain of the ship SS Rajamouli has to be mentioned here. His talent and hard work is something that the industry knows now, but his uncorrupted visual, his visual that is not corrupted by money is the reason why Baahubali is such a big hit and such a big success.”

9.00 PM: Producers Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni, and their journey of making this film. How they collaborated with Karan Johar and their creative marketing for the franchise was all recorded and screened on the audio-visual.

Anushka Shetty and Tamannaah escorted Raghavendra Rao off the stage with respect.

8.53 PM: “March 29,2017, could be Ugadi – the new year but April 28, 2017, is our new year – The Baahubali new year,” said K. Raghavendra Rao, the producer. He also added, “Without Valli and Rama, Baahubali wouldn’t be here today.”

8.40PM: “The moment when Prime Minister of India, Modi quoted Baahubali and called himself Kattappa was one of the proudest moments for me,” said Krishnam Raju, who is more popularly known as the Rebel star. The welcome that this actor got when he came on stage showed the love fans still have for this actor.

8.32 PM: Next came everyone’s favourite, Avanthika (Tamannaah). She spoke beautifully in Telugu and said, “Wherever I go, they treat me like a girl from Andhra Pradesh. It is been 2 years since the movie released but people are still excited about it as if it released last Friday. I have to thank SS Rajamouli for this opportunity. Not just the content, but the kind of people that I have got to work with. Especially Valli, who is the backbone of this project who pushes us with every shot.”

She added, “Baahubali is a once in a lifetime experience, and I am very very lucky to have been a part of it.”

8.25 PM: Sathyaraj, the man behind the iconic question, “Who killed Kattappa?” came on stage next. He said special hi to Prabhas’ fans, Rana’s fans and SS Rajamouli’s fans. He said, “After a career spanning 250 films, my name is Kattappa all over India today. For that, I have to thank the Baahubali team.” So when asked why Kattappa killed Baahubali, Sathyaraj, with a straight face said, “I am never irritated with this question, because I know the answer.” As the audience listened to him with complete attention, he revealed, “Producer Shobu paid me very well to kill Prabhas, and my director SS Rajamouli asked me to kill Baahubali so I killed him. Why would I kill my darling Prabhas otherwise?” he asks with humour.

8.13 PM: Ramya Krishnan, who portrayed the role of the powerful and the fierce Sivagami came on stage next. There were hoots, shouts and cheers from all her fans as she came on stage. She said, “Seeing these many fans, I am stunned speechless. There is not enough that I can say about this film. I can only say thanks from the bottom of my heart. To Vijayendra for creating Sivagami, SS Rajamouli for casting, to my producer who gave me a break in my career. To my cast, and my whole unit for being patient for 5 years to create this movie.”

8.10 PM: Subbaraj who came next pointed out how for the first time a film is not called a ‘Hindi’ film, ‘Tamil’ or ‘Telugu’ film, but ‘Indian’ film. He also thanked all the women, who backed this project like Valli, Prashanti and Rama.

8.08 PM: Nani, who was sitting with the audience was asked a question. If he were to be Baahubali, who should have been Bhallala Deva? MM Keeravani suggested that it should be Sudeep. Ask him about Devasena and Sivagami, he refused and said that everyone has come to love them to bits, and it is impossible to think of anyone else in their place. He even apologised for that.

8.00 PM: An audio-visual clip of fan made trailers was also screened, and it left the audience in splits. The trailer that broke many records was also screened at the grand event. So what happened after the trailer released? Fans went crazy. That is right!

Reactions from across the world were recorded and screened at the event. It showed how the power packed trailer managed to impress fans.

7.56 PM: MM Srivalli, the line producer of the film was called on stage, however, she felt self-conscious. Wife of music composer MM Keeravani was given love from the team of Baahubali with a chorus cheer.

Karan Johar, the head of Dharma Productions was also welcomed as well.

7.55 PM: Rama Rajamouli and Prashanti, the costume designer and stylists of the film came on stage.  Prashanthi said, our costume head Kamal was amazing and when it came to patterns he was amazing. While Baahubali: The Beginning, saw Anushka Shetty as the mother of Mahendra Baahubali, this film will have her portraying the wife of Amarendra Baahubali. So Prashanti also added how Anushka is going to look glamourous in this role.

As the event in Hyderabad was underway, the makers, in the meantime, launched the first song of Baahubali: The Conclusion on YouTube.

Watch | Saahore Baahubali Full Song


7.48 PM: Kamalakannan, the VFX producer said, “All the studios in the country have worked in this project. I had a good team with me. Starting from Alex to Mayur, my team was great and Senthil is made for visual effects film. This happened to be my first time with Sabu sir, working with a legend like him was great. Shobu, on the other hand, will give me anything we want, except the time.” He also added, “This is my 7th film with SS Rajamouli – from Sye till Baahubali. It’s an honour.”

He also said how VFX is a great accompaniment, and only becomes great when the script and the story are good.

7.40 PM: Sabu, who is has worked on many Bollywood movies explained how he started working on the project. He said, “I understood the vision of Rajamouli when I saw the waterfall that he wanted in the film. I have also seen Magadheera, so I understood. What I didn’t expect though was working with a star like Prabhas. When we were shooting in Kurnool, it was the first schedule, I saw the number of fans waiting to see him and had gathered around. I have never seen anything like that. I, in fact, called my wife instantly and told her about this.

7. 39 PM: KK Senthil who came on stage next said that if SS Rajamouli went on to make movies like this he would be called not James Cameron of Tollywood, but James Cameron of Tollywood. He added, “Prabhas is the biggest star, for any Khan or anybody.” He also thanked SS Rajamouli for giving not just him, but many a chance to work in a movie that changed their lives.

Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar, whose Dharma Productions is distributing Baahubali: The Conclusion, tweeted when he was on his way to the mega event.

7.34 PM: The movie screenwriter Vijayendra Prasad was welcomed on the stage next. He said, “I want to share a few moments with you. Rajamouli said ‘I want strong women characters who can narrate the story’. He said, ‘I want grey characters who can connect with the film’.” We now know where Kattappa came from now. Don’t we?

He added, “Also Prabhas, the man who believed in the quality over quantity and worked just in Baahubali for over so many years. I would like to thank you. I would like to thank the man who convinced you – SS Rajamouli. I would like to thank the producers who did not think twice about spending crores of money in this project. I would also like to thank the technicians who worked hard on this.”

7:28 PM: 2, oo,ooo crore pixels was used to make Baahubali, and now we will also be the first in the world to release something called photorealistic VR, says Rajabali. They are expecting to release this VR experience for fans in the first week of May.

7.19 PM: An audio-visual about Radeon, the visual effects team behind Baahubali was shared, which looked impressive. “Baahubali is the king, explorer, the kind man who never gives up. There are many Baahubalis behind this project who created a virtual reality experience to take you to the world of Mahishmati. Rajamouli and Sabu are crazy explorers who joined us creating this experience,” narrated Rajabali.

7:12 PM: So why did Kattappa killed Baahubali? This has been the subject of so many memes and a topic of discussion many a time. The event screened a great clip where people from across the country were seen asking this very important question to each other.

7.00 PM: As promised, SS Rajamouli delivered a grand pre-release event. The evening began with the screening of Baahubali: The Beginning, and as everyone arrived, the stage for one of the biggest pre-release events in the country was set. The crowd was cheering for the team as they arrived one by one.

Baahubali: The Conclusion has been made at a whopping budget of Rs 2 billion. And the way every news about the film is making headlines, its trailer, which released on March 16, has already 100 million views on YouTube. The audio release of its Tamil version is expected to take place on April 9, 2017, in Chennai. The visual spectacle that its first look turned out to be, fans can only guess what experience the film will give them, when it releases on April 28. The film will be open on 6500 screens, which in itself is the biggest release an Indian film has seen.

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