Beyond Bollywood: where India's biggest movie hits really come from

Beyond Bollywood: where India's biggest movie hits really come from

The global success of fantasy epic Baahubali 2: The Conclusion underscores the power of the country’s billion-dollar ‘regional’ film industry

The global success of SS Rajamouli’s fantasy epic sequel Baahubali 2: The Conclusion has once again brought Indian cinema to the attention of the world. Its forerunner, the $31m-budgeted Baahubali: The Beginning (2015), grossed $100m worldwide but caused little more than a ripple outside India. Within the country, it made waves because the film, made in the south Indian Telugu and Tamil languages, saw the Hindi-dubbed version alone gross more than $20m.

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