The great success of 'Baahubali: The Beginning' had elevated our hopes about its sequel 'Baahubali 2: The Conclusion'. An eager wait and excitement came to a halt on April 28, 2017, when finally the second part was released. Anticipated as a big success, Baahubali 2 is full of surprises in the form of shots, story and cinematography. And the reports are saying that this movie earned Rs 121 C+ on the very first day of release.
While the film is a treat to the mind, the cast and crew of the film have its own charm. There are some very interesting facts about the lead characters of the movie that are both thrilling and exciting. We will cover five characters who stole the show, starting with Prabhas as Baahubali; Sathyaraj as Kattapa; Anushka Shetty as Devasena; Rana Daggubati as Bhallala Deva; and Prabhakar as Kalakeya.
Prior to his acting in Baahubali, Prabhas was a thin lanky actor. However, to suit and fit into the character of 'Baahubali', he had to bulk up his body. Undergoing a massive transformation, Prabhas had gained 20 kgs of weight - from 82 kilos he built up a whopping 102 kilos. And this too was done in a matter of a few months.
Who was behind this body built? Any guesses? Yes, to achieve this, he was trained by Mr. World 2010, Laxman Reddy, who gave him a rigorous training that transformed from lanky to bulky.
In addition to Mr. World's efforts, the filmmakers provided him with the best gym equipment worth INR 1.5 crores. These pieces of equipment were installed in his house and he received the training at home.
We have often heard "slow and steady wins the race." This applies to our very own Baahubali – Prabhas who struggled his way up in Tollywood achieving success with his third film "Varsham" that was released in 2004. His first film 'Eeshwar' was a disappointment. This film with which he started his career was followed by another flop 'Raghavendra.' It was only later in 2004 that his third endeavor 'Varsham,' brought him the success that he was striving to achieve. Varsham was responsible for his popularity as an actor. With his stardom came luck, and his fans started enjoying his previous two flops.
His popularity trickled down from Tollywood to Bollywood on after his stupendous performance as Prabhas in 'Baahubali: The Beginning.' But prior to Baahubali, Prabhas had made his Bollywood debut with Ajay Devgn and Sonakshi Sinha-starrer, 'Action Jackson' in 2014 where Prabhas appeared for a brief moment in a song titled, 'Punjabi Masti' seen dancing with Sonakshi. So technically, Baahubali is his second Bollywood movie.
Facts about Sathyaraj - "Katappa"
Katappa has been an acclaimed actor by the Filmfare – the biggest award in the country. Adjudged as the "Best Actor" Sathyaraj received the award for his role in the Tamil movie Vedham Pudhithu that was released in 1987.
So when did start acting? It was 10 years before receiving the Best Actor award that Baahubali's Katappa started acting with his screen debut in Sattam En Kaiyil in 1978. Given this almost 50 years of experience, Katappa became an overnight sensation with the first sequel of Baahubali, giving him as much popularity as the hero the film.
Most of us are unaware of the fact that Sathyaraj did not make his Bollywood debut with Baahubali in 2015. While Baahubali shot him to fame, he had appeared in 2013, Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone-blockbuster "Chennai Express". In that movie, he played the role of a local mafia in Tamil Nadu and Deepika Padukone's father Durgeshwara Azhagusundaram.
So now you can go back to Chennai Express and see his performance once again!
Hailing from the state of Tamil Nadu, Sathyaraj had made offensive remarks on Kannada during a meeting that he attended in solidarity with Tamil farmers in 2008. These farmers were seeking water from Karnataka, popularly known as Cauvery River Row between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. During this meeting, the actor urged "Tamils to stand up for their rights and not be passive like a tree every dog would urinate on." This angered pro-Kannada activists who expressed their anger at the 'dog' remark which they believed referred to the Kannada's for not allowing the release of Cauvery waters to Tamil Nadu. This nine year ago remark led Kannada outfits to call for a 'Bengaluru Bandh' on April 28, the day of the release of the sequel Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. To lift the ban, Sathyaraj had to apologize for his anti-Kannada comments made in 2008.
Anushka, whose real name is Sweety Shetty, had received personal yoga training by renowned yoga guru Bharat Thakur. After receiving the certification of a Yoga teacher, she opened her own institute for Yoga, which brought her success. Much later, on insistence of her Yoga teacher Bharat, she decided to hit the silver screen as an actress and in no time became the heartthrob in both Tamil and Telugu film industry.
After successive box office failures, Anushka continued to work hard and eventually received acclaim and success in 2006 in SS Rajamouli directed film Vikramarkudu. It was with this film that Anushka came into spotlight, sharing screen with Ravi Tega. This thumping success made her to go further and sport a bikini in his next film titled Billa. With Billa she became a rage, a sex symbol and her fan following increased ten-fold.
After much acclaim in Telugu films, Anushka made a bold and challenging move in 2007. For the first time, she acted in a Tamil film that didn't give her success like the Telugu industry. But with her role in Singham, she stole the hearts of Tamilians. She has successfully bagged three Filmfare, one Nandi and three CineMAA Awards for her stellar performance in the adaption of Queen Rudramadevi, where she charged a whopping 5 crore, thus becoming the highest paid actress in South India.
Though Rana Daggubati maintains a muscular physique, he had to undergo incredible transformation to bulk up his body for 'Baahubali 1'. Putting on a whopping 110 kilos to play the character of older Bhalladeva in the film, he had to accentuate his diet with large amounts of meat consumption and 40 egg whites each day! After attaining this body he bulk, he had lose 20 kilos to play the younger version of the cruel king in 'Baahubali 2'.
Rana is believed to be quite an emotional person in real life. His macho built is in stark contrast to his heart. The actor breaks down while watching emotional movies.
Rana has been seen helping the poor, either directly or indirectly. When actress Lakshmi Manchu started a show called 'Memu Saitham', Rana, first among the few others, had to do odd jobs in order to earn a sum of money that would a donation to the poor. For this he took up the task of working as a coolie in a busy Hyderabad market. He multiplied his earnings by adding a hundred and donated it to the poor. Not to forget, Baahubali's Bhalladeva was seen involved in actively helping the flood-stricken people of Chennai and Hyderabad.
The most endearing demon today in the world of cinema is Kalakeya, played by Prabhakar, who in real life is humble and hardworking. But the story behind his success is challenging. Prabhakar before appearing in Baahubali was jobless for seven long years. After prolonged destitution, Prabhakar went to the extremes and attempted suicide. After being dodged by relatives and working in a call centre for a very brief period, Kalakeya got his first movie break in the film Magadheera, where he with played the role of an "extra". The movie was shot in Rajasthan and it was during the shoot of Magadheera that S.S. Rajmouli, the Director of Baahubali, noticed him, later offering him the role of 'Kalakeya', the demon, in his film Baahubali.