Telugu, Tamil and Hindi epic Baahubali is facing a challenge from Salman Khan-starrer Bajrangi Bhaijan on the first day of its second week after a blockbuster opening week, its director S.S. Rajamouli admits, but expects things to bounce back at the weekend.
"Obviously we will take a beating on the first day (of the second week) due to Bajrangi Bhaijan," the 41-year-old director of the movie told Hindustan Times from Hyderabad in a telephonic inteview. "But given the way it is building up, it will pick up on the second day of the week."
The first part of the two-part visually-rich saga, which opened to rave reviews but a tepid start in the north, has garnered and estimated Rs 200 crore in the very first week. The director is well into the second part of the movie being made at a combined budget of Rs 250 crore.
A still from Bajrangi Bhaijaan.
"Even before the release we had the gut feel that we will profit. Otherwise we will not produce such a movie," Rajamouli said.
Bajrangi Bhaijan, well-timed for an Eid audience in the moth of Ramadan, is one of the keenly awaited releases of the year, and is giving a run for the considerable money invested in the king-and-queen saga made in Hyderabad with a multilingual audience in mind.
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