8 Lessons Bollywood Can Learn From ‘Bāhubali: The Conclusion’s Success

8 Lessons Bollywood Can Learn From ‘Bāhubali: The Conclusion’s Success

18 Jan 18 @ 12:35 PM | By Ravi

Since its prequel ‘Bāhubali: The Beginning’ released in 2015, we knew director SS Rajamouli has a vision which is unmatched in terms of splendour, grandeur and canvas. The release and success of ‘Bāhubali 2: The Conclusion’ has not only rewritten history but has taken Indian cinema to a totally different level which was never thought of. ‘Baahubali 2’ smashing all previous box-office records is not surprising at all for it has all the ingredients to call itself a mega-blockbuster of all times. The most surprising revelation has been the response it has garnered among the Hindi-speaking audience which has been humungous and unbelievable. The success of ‘Baahubali 2’ has not only given the big names of Bollywood a wake-up call but also has thrown up a few lessons for it to learn from, so what are those lessons, lets find out:

  1. Content Is King

    Be it dubbed or any other language -- content and script is king. No one can stop a film from hitting the bullseye if the subject and presentation is novel and fresh. That’s what ‘Baahubali 2’ exactly is, when the audiences went to watch it they were expecting the answer to ‘Why Kattappa killed Baahubali’ but what they got in return was not only the answer to it but grandeur, gigantic sets, dialogues, visuals and never seen before fight sequences. The film’s success proves that language is no barrier.

    Baahubali's content worked
    Baahubali's content worked
  2. Breaking the stereotype

    ‘Baahubali 2’s mega-success has gone on to prove that you don’t need a star to play to the gallery. All you need is a strong script and actors who could befit the characters. Don’t follow the trend and fall into the trap of stereotypes, allow your characters to grow rather than focus on a particular protagonist just because he is ‘the’ star who'll rake in the moolah.

    Baahubali broke the stereotype
    Baahubali broke the stereotype
  3. Beyond the Khan’s

    Bollywood is all about ‘Khan’s as they have ruled the roost for nearly 25 years and looks like they are in no mood to give up their position. SS Rajamouli’s ‘Baahubali 2’ is not only a wake-up call for the ‘Khan’s but a reality check which has got to be done sooner or later. Bollywood needs to think beyond the ‘Khan’s and concentrate more on better cinema by giving break and exposure to new talents. It’s high time we get over with the ‘Khan’ obsession and move on.

    Baahubali had no Khan's in it
    Baahubali had no Khan's in it
  4. No need for big marketing or promotions

    It’s been a trend for Bollywood filmmakers and the lead cast to go on a promotional spree by attending events, TV serials and shows so that hype is created and audiences flock to the theaters. Bollywood often announces their films from the rooftops and end up paying millions for their promotion and marketing but ‘Baahubali 2’ has proved that big marketing or promotions don’t maketh a blockbuster. Let the film speak for itself.

    Baahubali 2 marketing and promotions
    Baahubali 2 marketing and promotions
  5. Belief in vision and conviction

    Director SS Rajamouli’s vision and conviction were enough to make Baahubali for what it is. He believed in himself, his technicians, crew and cast which included Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Sathyaraj, Tamannaah, Ramya Krishnan and Nassar. His research and clarity were impeccable which showed in every frame of the film. Bollywood directors need to learn from him.

    Vision and conviction for Baahubali
    Vision and conviction for Baahubali
  6. Don’t let CGI and VFX dominate

    Though a lot of CGI and VFX went into the making of ‘Baahubali 2’ but one has to give due credit to its makers for making it look spot on. The film also had emotions, dialogues and action in equal quantity which if not could’ve spelled disaster. It's time Bollywood started using CGI and VFX smartly and sparingly without making it look infused as audiences are smart enough to spot it in no time.

    Baahubali 2 CGI and VFX
    Baahubali 2 CGI and VFX
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  8. Epic based Indian/ Mythology is still alive

    Barring ‘Mughal-E-Azam’ and ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ films Bollywood has never really relied upon epic based fictional or non-fictional dramas. All of us are still Indians at heart and love to see our culture, traditions (ethos) and emotions displayed on the screen which ‘Baahubali 2’ does very well. Director Rajamouli has also very smartly exploited the basic human psychology on all fronts marvelously in the film. Somewhere down the line, Bollywood filmmakers have failed to touch upon this aspect while making a costume drama or epic.

    Epic based Indian story
    Epic based Indian story
  9. How to begin and end a story

    And finally, due to box-office pressures Bollywood often succumbs to its repeat formula. If a film works at the box-office then a sequel is sooner or later announced. We need to take a leaf out of Rajamouli’s vision who had announced that he’s telling ‘Baahubali’s story in two parts and that’ll be it. He planned and ended his prequel in such a way that audiences eagerly waited for its sequel which set up the stage for it. Bollywood needs to learn from him the art of how to begin and end a story.

    The story of Baahubali 2
    The story of Baahubali 2
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