Is Prabhas India’s first legit PAN Indian star?

Posted on August 20, 2020

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Baradwaj Rangan and Vishal Menon speak about Prabhas, his three big-ticket announcements, and the changing landscape for stars from The South. Excerpts

VM: Yesterday, they announced Adipurushanother big Prabhas film, his third during the lockdown after Radhe Shyam and that film with Deepika Padukone. This one seems even bigger, that too in 3D, and it will be directed by Om Raut, who made Tanhaji. At a time when no one’s really sure about the future, Prabhas seems super confident announcing three major spectacle films that are tailor-made for theatres.

BR: Not just tailor-made for theatres, but (at least from the sense we are getting of these films) tailor-made for the pan-Indian audience, i.e. mass and class, East and West, South and North. This makes me wonder if Prabhas has finally managed what many Southern heroes (Chiranjeevi, Kamal HaasanRajinikanthMammootty) tried to do and couldn’t, which is to make it big outside their comfort zones, i.e., across India. I have read reports that the Hindi  version of Saaho was a bonafide hit, while the Telugu/Tamil versions were seen as under-performers.

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