Some time ago, ace filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma tweeted: "Like world was divided into BC and AD (before death of Christ and after) Indian cinema is going to be BB and AB (before Baahubali and after)"
His tweet triggered a deep-rooted question in my mind and I started digging for more facts which support what he wrote. Then, I came across this article written by Suhel Khan on his blog PsuedoSarcasmo.
While we all were busy creating memes on Andaz Apna Apna's Amar and Prem, Director S. S. Rajamouli created a film worth a billion dollars. (1000 cr actually)
Suhel knows well that none of our 'Khans' have been successful before in providing us with a film like Baahubali.
Want to know why? Here are the possible reasons!
First things first, the Khans are too big stars to work with a South Indian film-maker. Especially someone who demands 100% of their professional time. The Khans are the most bankable stars in the industry. They cannot afford to block years of their life working on a single project. It's not only a loss to them, but to the entire industry. They cannot take the risk of people signing them off saying "time poora ho gaya iska..."
Just imagine what impact will it make on their image?
In our industry, it is common for people to make a move and work with the South or Bhojpuri counterparts when things don't do well in Bollywood. Our superstars cannot risk their image for this rumour.
Apparently, the role for Baahubali was offered to Hrithik Roshan. This might be a rumour! But HRX is known for such rumours (Remember Rang De Basanti).
He turned it down because it was a 'South Indian' filmmaker's film.
Yes, you read that right. our producers only believe in one formula for success:
Khan + Big Budget + Foreign locales + Arijit Singh + Glycerine...
Garnished with some couple intimate scenes followed but a lot of cameos.
(Don't forget the mega starrer films by Sajid and Farah)
People in Bollywood would never try something new apart from these item numbers. Do you know what they fear the most? It is fact that they will lose and fail miserably at it.
While actors get busy with numerous promotional tricks, advertisements, and cameos on shows. The director also never misses a chance of promoting the film. Amidst all this, they forget the actual essence of film-making which is the era and set of the film.
We don't have big sets here, we have big egos.
It is only the South Indian films that can actually show a human in his real angry bird avatar and also get away with it. For Bollywood Khans, making a bold move comes with a lot of friction!
YES, Khans are not Prabhas. He gave five years of his life completely to Baahubali. No other movies, No other commitments, No ads... Nothing at all. Can any Khan afford to do that?
The industry has way big egos and stars and the directors never share this camaraderie.
That's all people.
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