Bahubali's advanced booking in a single theatre-Prasad's IMAX in Hyderabad accounted for around 1.2 crore. That's almost equal to 200,000 USD even before the release.
Bahubali established a Guinness record for making the world's largest poster for a movie at Kochi during the film's Malayalam audio release. The poster had an area of 4,793.65 m² and it was achieved by Global United Media Company Pvt Ltd. This record has since been broken with a 5,969.61 m² poster for the film MSG 2 the Messenger (2015).
The waterfalls scene in the movie is actually shot at a set of Athirapally Waterfalls in Kerala over which VFX were added to make it look real and larger than life. Creating the enormous waterfall took nearly 2 years as Makuta has to deal with a lot of complexity in fluid dynamics and simulations. The characterization of lead character Sivudu revolves around this humongous waterfalls.
For the brutal warriors of Kalakeya, Madhan Karky created a language called Kilikili (or Kiliki), with 748 words and 40 grammar rules, said to be the first fictitious language to be created for an Indian film character. This language is heard in all versions of the film, regardless of the dubbing of other dialogue. In this language, basic words were first made up and opposites were represented by word reversals (for example: "me" was "min" and "you" was "nim"). The language, with 100 words, was called "Click" to highlight its simplicity.
Bahubali marks the first time Indian filmmakers have collaborated with AMD processors for VFX and animation.
It took 200 days to construct all the sets in the movie on 20 acres of land with 1000 men working on it per day.
It took almost 1 year for pre-production work which was the longest for any Indian movie to date. The large-scale palaces, forts, and waterfalls were all created for the movie. Usually a 24-foot-high scale set is created, but for this movie the makers decided to go for 45-foot-high scaled sets.
The role of Sivagami was first given to actress Sridevi who wanted 6 crores for accepting the role. The producers declined her demands and went to actress Ramya Krishnan which made a great casting choice for the part, according to the director.
Lead actor Prabhas had to gain muscle mass for the role as Bahubali as it was the part that was filmed first and then lose muscle mass for the role as Shivudu which was filmed later. The gym equipment he used cost up to 1.5 Crores INR. He even met WWE fighters for the physique.
Every time there is violence against animals in the movie, an indication "C.G.I." appears in the lower left corner of the screen. This is to indicate that all the violence against animals was simulated through computer graphics and actual animals were not hurt. This is one of those rules the Indian censor board insists, like the anti-smoking warning.
The first opening shot of the movie was filmed on the sets of Athirappilly Falls in Kerala and director Rajamouli specifically wanted a newborn baby for that scene. But the film-makers were unable to cast a newborn baby for that part. On that tight schedule, one of the production executives from Kerala informed about his newborn child to the director, and instantly the baby was cast.
First Telugu movie to be made with budget more than 100 crore Rs., at 180 crore Rs.. With the sequel's budget at 250 crore Rs., the total budget for the film series is 430 crore Rs. Both the first and second parts set records for the most expensive Indian films to date.
The British Board of Film Classification passed the movie with a 15 rating (suitable only for 15 and over) for strong bloody violence. Interestingly, the Central Board of Film Certification (Indian censor board) passed the movie with a U/A certificate (with no cuts, even more surprising considering how strict the CBFC is for Telugu movies) which is the equivalent of BBFC's 12A rating.
The villain of director S.S. Rajamouli's previous movie Eega (2012), Sudeep, appears in a cameo as Aslam Khan.
The VFX for this movie were done in five countries, something which had never been done before for an Indian film.
According to director S.S. Rajamouli, his father Vijayendra Prasad narrated the story of Sivagami. He was so captivated by the opening act and wanted to make the movie on her. The character of Bahubali came very last and the script later changed into the story of Bahubali.
Story of this movie is from director S.S. Rajamouli's father Vijayendra Prasad. The music is composed by M.M. Keeravani who is S.S. Rajamouli's cousin.
Actress Nora Fatehi who was featured in the item song 'Manohari', in "Bahubali" suffered a wardrobe malfunction on the sets. Her top came off in front of the camera and lead actress 'Tamannaah' who was also present on the set, ran to her rescue.
Lead actors Prabhas and Tamannaah Bhatia second pairing after 2012 Telugu action film Rebel (2012). Coincidently in Rebel, the female love interest lead role with was first offered to Anushka Shetty who declined the project and was later replaced by Tamannaah. In Bahubali Anushka Shetty plays Prabhas' mother.
Leading actor Prabhas didn't commit any other film projects for almost 3 years while filming Baahubali: The Beginning (2015). But he made a special dance appearance in the movie Action Jackson (2014) as himself, as a part of Bahubali's campaign in Bollywood. Telugu superstar Prabhas was unknown to Bollywood audience at that time, so actress Sonakshi Sinha who was featured in the song even calls his name 'Prabhas' during the dance sequence. The film makers were upset when 'Action Jackson' bombed at the box-office and Prabhas' effort went unnoticed.
Vijayendra Prasad is the screen writer of Bahubali, who is co-incidentally also the writer of Bollywood super-hit film Bajrangi Bhaijaan starring Salman Khan which was released on the following week.
Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) and Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017) were filmed simultaneously. According to the director the sequel of the Bahubali is already 40 percent completed, and wanted to polish the script after getting first chapter's audience reaction.
Though Mahismati is a name of a ancient kingdom in India, it literally means, "A city or country ruled by Mahishman". Since, there is no mention of Mahishman in the film, it translates as "Kingdom of Buffaloes" in Sanskrit which doesn't even stick with the plot. On the other hand, the Tamil name of the city is Magilmathi, which translates "A land of happy people".
To make the swords lightweight, carbon fibre was used instead of steel, the same material used in manufacture of helicopter blades.
3D printing technology was used to create the head of 100-foot Bhallaladeva's character in the movie and flexi foam was used to create amours to make them light weight and to have the look of leather.
During the shoot of Dhivara song, the lead actress Tamannaah Bhatia who had no time to go to her vanity van and change her dress, had to exchange her clothes at the shooting spot with a cloth against while she's dressing. Rajamouli notified this during the audio launch of the film.
While preparing the script S.S Rajamouli thought to create a character of a monkey as shivudu's friend, but didn't happen due to some unknown reasons or circumstances.
The international version of the film is 20 minutes shorter than the original one, done by Vincent Tabaillon and was screened at Busan International Film Festival. The international version of the film was released in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines, Timor-Leste along with some European and Latin American countries.
Prabhas had to postpone his marriage plans for this movie and had dedicated himself for five years just for the films.
Marketing of the film started 2 years before the shoot by S. S. Rajamouli with the audition campaign in Facebook and YouTube. The crown used by the character of Baahubali in the film was exhibited at Comic Con, Hyderabad as a part of the film's promotion. A number of short promotional Making-of videos were released on ArkaMediaworks YouTube channel and the team unveiled first look posters and videos featuring the film's lead stars on the occasions of their birthdays. The film used an augmented reality application to play the trailer on smart phones and tablets. The film's unit also launched a WhatsApp messenger to give regular updates about the film to the subscribers. After the film's release, an interactive quiz was conducted by marketing team on storygag allowing users to find out which Baahubali movie character they were. Producers are also has planning to create a film museum at Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad which will showcase the weapons, armours and costumes used by actors in the film which is first of its kind for any Indian movie to date.
The film was produced by Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni and was shot in both Telugu and Tamil. This film was also dubbed into Malayalam and Hindi.
The director's fascination with mythology and the tales of the Amar Chitra Katha comics further fuelled his interest in the story.
Its Hindi dubbed version broke several records by becoming the highest grossing dubbed film in India.
At the 63rd Filmfare Awards South, the Telugu version won five awards from ten nominations, including Best Film, Best Director for Rajamouli and Best Supporting Actress for Krishnan.
At the 63rd National Film Awards, it won for Best Special Effects and Best Feature Film, becoming the first Telugu film to win the latter award.
The Beginning became the first Indian film to be nominated for Saturn Awards, receiving five nominations at the 42nd ceremony, including Best Fantasy Film and Best Supporting Actress for Tamannaah.
With a worldwide box office gross of 650 crore Rs. (USD 91 million), it became the highest-grossing film in India, third highest-grossing Indian film worldwide, and highest-grossing South Indian film, at the time of its release.
In February 2011, S. S. Rajamouli announced that Prabhas will star in his upcoming movie.
K. V. Vijayendra Prasad , father of S. S. Rajamouli and the storywriter of Baahubali: The Beginning had revealed that he was inspired by the hero introduction sequence of the 1967 Kannnada film, Immadi Pulikeshi, based on the life of the Chalukya king, Pulakeshin II and hence incorporated a similar sequence.
Huge sets for the Mahishmati kingdom were constructed at Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad.
More than 90 percent of the film had visually enhanced shots, a total of 2500 VFX shots.
According to the producer, more than 600 VFX artists worked for the film from 18 facilities around the world led by Makuta VFX and Firefly in Hyderabad, Prasad Studios in Hyderabad and Chennai, Annapurna Studios in Hyderabad, Tau Films in Malaysia, and Dancing Digital Animation and Macrograph in South Korea.
The film boasts of one year pre production work where in 15,000-story board sketches for the film were created which is highest for any Indian Film till date.
Makuta VFX which had prior experience of working with S.S.Rajamouli was chosen as principal visual effects studio.
The cinematography of the movie was done by KK Senthil Kumar for 380 days using Arri Alexa XT camera with Master Prime lens marking Rajamouli's first film using digital camera.
In January 2013, he announced that the working title as Baahubali and the actual film production started at Rock Gardens in Kurnool on 6 July 2013.
Sabu Cyril, production designer for the film created 10,000 different kinds of weaponry ranging from swords, helmets and armours required for the soldiers.
Most of the film was shot in ArriRaw format in 4:3 aspect ratio while ArriRaw 16.9 was used for slow motion shots at 120 fps.
For the first time in Indian movies, 4K movie print was rendered with an aspect ratio of 1:1.88 as compared to Cinemascope at 1:2.35 to get the best cinematic experience in screens that support the 4K projection claimed the Producer.
The majority of work done by Makuta involved bringing the 1500 foot mystical waterfall to life, creating enormous mountains and huge landscapes including the kingdom of Mahishmati, with its massive temples and courtyards.
Annapurna Studios from Hyderabad was chosen as digital intermediate partner for the film which is responsible for generating the digital feed with the best colour and audio for editing.
Open Gate format, which can use the full 3.4K sensor in the camera to produce frames larger than the standard ArriRaw format was tapped in to get the maximum image quality in VFX shots.
Makuta VFX which is based out of Hyderabad was chosen as principal visual effects studio and was responsible for more than 50% of the computer-generated imagery in the film.
Reacting to media reports on the same VFX team for Baahubali and Jurassic World, producer Shobu Yarlagadda denied outright any such collaboration, calling such claims an internet rumour.
Firefly Creative Studio which is also based out of Hyderabad worked primarily on the avalanche and the war sequences which accounts for nearly 25 minutes of the film.
In an interview with Quartz, the co-founder of Makuta VFX stated, "Most of Baahubali was developed in Hyderabad, home to Tollywood, and used local talent.
For the first time in Indian movies, Academy Color Encoding System workflows were implemented along with Infinitely Scalable Information Storage keeping in mind the mammoth scale of digitally enhanced shots in the film.
Tau Films from Malaysia was responsible for creating the CGI bison, while Prasad EFX from Hyderabad was responsible for some shots in pre and post battle episodes involving digital multiplication. Prasad was also responsible for creating a 3D image of Kattappa and mapping his head on to a duplicate actor in one of the scenes.
Firefly Creative was also involved in creating underwater VFX shots and in establishing backstories for Kalakeya characters.
Arka Media Works, production company of Baahubali, teamed up with AMD to use the state of the art FirePro GPUs W9100 and W8100 during the post production of the film which are capable of rendering 4K content in real time and are considered the best in Industry to date.
Srushti VFX from Hyderabad was involved in digitally creating some of the shots in the war sequence along with Firefly studios.
Lahari Music acquired the audio rights in early May 2015 for an amount of 30 million Rs. and the audio is accessible from YouTube.
Lyrics for the three songs were penned by Inaganti Sundar and Ananta Sriram, Ramajogayya Sastry, K Shiva Shakti Datta and Chaitanya Prasad were written one each while Aditya and Noel Sean wrote the lyrics for the last song.
The music rights for the Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam versions of the soundtrack were acquired by T-Series. Zee Music Company bought the audio rights of the Hindi version of soundtrack.
A record number of 1600 screens in Telugu, 1500 screens in Hindi, 350 in Tamil and 225 screens in Malayalam were booked for the release.
The film's release in Kerala was hindered amidst a close down by a section of theatres over the piracy issue of Malayalm film Premam and released only in few theatres.
Arka International, which is the sales arm for International release has made arrangements to release the movie in Germany and 70 other territories. The producer Shobu Yarlagadda who struck the deal at Busan Asian Film Market also revealed his plans to release the movie in Latin America, Germany and European countries. BlueSky Cinemas, Inc. acquired the theatrical screening and distribution rights in United States and Canada. MVP Entertainment is set to release the movie in Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Timor-Leste countries. Twin Co which is a leading distributor for international films in Japan has acquired the rights for screening of the film. Sun Distribution acquired the distribution rights of the movie in Latin American countries while Creative Century Entertainment got the rights for Taiwan. In Korea, the movie is scheduled to be released via Entermode Corp. Producers of the film have planned to release the film in China in over 5000 screens in November 2015 by E Stars Films. The film was released in USA a day earlier by BlueSky Cinemas in 135 screens.
As the sequel Baahubali: The Conclusion was released on 28 April 2017, the producers and distributors re-released the first part (Hindi) again on 7 April 2017.
The film was screened at various film festivals like Open Cinema Strand of Busan International Film Festival, Indian Film Festival The Hague, Sitges Film Festival in Spain, Utopiales Film Festival in France, Golden Horse Film Festival in Taipei, Taiwan, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia, L'Etrange International Film Festival in Paris, Five Flavours Film Festival in Poland, Hawaii International Film Festival in Honolulu, Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival in Brussels, Belgium, Cannes Film Festival in France, Transilvania International Film Festival in Romania, Le Grand Rex in Paris, Kurja Polt Horror Film Festival, Festival de Lacamo, 8th BRICS summit, and the 2016 Indian Panorama section of the International Film Festival of India, Goa.
A cosplay event was held in which chosen winners were given a chance to visit the sets of the film.
A special skit was performed by the Baahubali team for the event named Memu Saitham to help the victims affected by Cyclone Hudhud.
In early July 2014, the film first part's Karnataka and Ceded (Rayalaseema) region distribution rights were sold to a prominent distributor for 230 million Rs. The film's Nizam region theatrical distribution rights were purchased by Dil Raju for an amount of 250 million Rs.
The Tamil version of the film faced a controversy relating to a word used in the film. Dalit group Puratchi Pulikal Iyakkam protested against the movie featuring a line Pagadaikku Pirandhavan, words considered derogatory against dalits as they are contemptuous terms used by caste Hindus to address members of the Arunthathiyar Dalit sub-caste. On 22 July 2015, activists of Dalit group Puratchi Pulikal Iyakkam hurled petrol bombs outside the 'Tamil, Jaya' multiplex in Madurai screening the Tamil version of the film. The dialogue writer of Tamil version, Madhan Karky, issued an apology for offending Dalits.
Baahubali: The Beginning on the first day of its release collected 75 crore Rs. (USD10 million) worldwide which was the highest opening ever for an Indian film until Kabali surpassed it in 2016 by earning 875 million Rs. (USD12 million).
It became the first South Indian film to gross 3 billion Rs. (USD42 million) worldwide, reaching there in 9 days, and subsequently grossed 4.01 billion Rs. (USD56 million) worldwide in 15 days.
The film grossed around 2.55 billion Rs. (USD36 million) worldwide in the first week of its release.
By the end of 50 days, International Business Times estimated that the film grossed an approximate 5.95 billion Rs. (USD83 million) crore worldwide.
It grossed around 500 million Rs. (USD7.0 million) on its first day of release in India from all four versions (Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi).
The Beginning opened to 100 percent occupancy in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and close to 70 percent occupancy in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.
The Hindi version earned around 50 million Rs. (USD700,000) nett which was the highest opening for any film dubbed into Hindi.
The Hindi version grossed around 195 million Rs. (USD2.7 million) nett in the first weekend.
The Telugu version alone earned around 650 million Rs. (USD9.1 million) nett in first weekend in India.
First weekend collections stood around 1.62 billion Rs. (USD23 million) worldwide from all its versions, the third biggest ever for an Indian film.
Both the Tamil and Telugu versions won several awards in their respective categories, including Best Film, Best Director for Rajamouli, and Best Supporting Actress for Krishnan at the 1st IIFA Utsavam.
One of the films featured in BBC's documentary on 100 Years of Indian Cinema directed by Sanjeev Bhaskar.
Baahubali: The Beginning grossed 518.94 crore Rs. (USD72 million) in all languages in India alone, and became the highest-grossing movie in India, surpassing PK's gross of 4.4 billion Rs. (USD61 million) from India.
The film collected around 200 million Rs. (USD 2.8 million) in its first day from the international markets.
The film, from all its versions, earned almost 1 billion Rs. (USD 14 million) nett in its first weekend.