For an actor whose biggest hit of his career was way back in 2005, and for an actor who has no film with a share of Rs. 50 Cr. worldwide, let alone in Teluguland before 2015, Prabhas’ emergence as a pan-India star is a fairy tale journey. But it’s no easy route. He has to endure several career gaps between his films after scoring the game changing hit like Mirchi in 2013.
Ever since Mirchi, his films released every alternate years. Despite Baahubali becoming a humongous and record breaking hit across the world for an Indian film, a majority of the credit went to S. S. Rajamouli. But Prabhas grabbed the newfound attention across the nation with both hands and maintained an endearing easygoing attitude which brought him new fans with every new news about him.
He became a cult among Japanese audience. And even in the distant parts like Nagaland or Sikkim he has fan clubs. All this well deserved because of his hard work and perseverance. He shed the tag of Rajamouli hero with Saaho which went on to become India’s second biggest grossing film in 2019 despite facing mostly one-star ratings. Antifans out of jealousy and critical failure aside, Saaho proved his craze is far greater than even the biggest of Bollywood stars.
For example, Aamir Khan’s Thugs of Hindostan became an epic disaster with a similarly disastrous reviews. Saaho is an average venture worldwide and a blockbuster in Hindi. So, if any two of his next three films - Radhe Shyam, Adipurush, and the sci-fi film with Nag Ashwin turn out to be good hits, it’s certain that nobody can stop Prabhas from becoming the biggest star India has seen since Amitabh Bachchan at his prime.