Baahubali: Crown of Blood Topped on Disney+Hotstar: Baahubali: Crown of Blood: Graphic India and Arka Mediaworks animated series, Baahubali: Crown of Blood topped the Hindi show on Disney+ Hotstar as of May 20, 2024, surpassing all live-action shows and films, the series premiered on May 17 which marked a milestone for the Indian animation industry. It is the first original 2D-animated show to reach the top of the streaming charts on the platform. Baahubali: Crown of Blood was created by S.S. Rajamouli and Sharad Devarajan, with Rajamouli, Devarajan, and Shobu Yarlagadda as producers. The story, written by Devarajan, is directed by Jeevan J. Kang and Navin John. The success of Baahubali: Crown of Blood follows Graphic India’s previous series, The Legend of Hanuman, which also topped the streaming charts for each of its three seasons, with the most recent in January 2024. This achievement solidifies Graphic India as a leading animation producer in India, having two #1 ranking shows on Disney+ Hotstar within five months. According to Ormax Media, Baahubali: Crown of Blood was among the top three Hindi shows or films in India across all streaming platforms, with an estimated 3.3 million viewers in its first few days.

Baahubali: The Epic Fantasy Franchise

Overview and Origins

Baahubali (styled in official material as Bāhubali; transl. “The One with Strong Arms”) is an epic fantasy Indian Telugu-language media franchise created by S. S. Rajamouli. The franchise began with a two-part film series directed by Rajamouli and produced in Tollywood, the centre of Telugu-language films in India. The films were shot simultaneously in Telugu and Tamil languages. The franchise has since expanded to include an animated series, a graphic novel, and a trilogy of novels in English.

Films in the Franchise

The Baahubali films were produced on a combined budget of ₹430 crore ($65 million). The first film, Baahubali: The Beginning, was released on 10 July 2015, followed by the second film, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, on 28 April 2017. Directed by S. S. Rajamouli and co-written with V. Vijayendra Prasad, the duology was produced by Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni under the Arka Media Works banner.

Extended Universe

The Baahubali universe expanded beyond films into various other media. The first novel, The Rise of Sivagami, was released on 7 March 2017, adding depth to the franchise’s lore. Additionally, an animated series titled Baahubali: The Lost Legends premiered on 19 April 2017 on Amazon Prime Video and later on Colors TV on 10 December 2017 with the episode “Legend Begins”. These extensions have allowed fans to explore the rich world of Baahubali further, engaging with its stories in multiple formats.

Plot of Baahubali Franchise

Baahubali: The Beginning

The story begins in the ancient kingdom of Mahishmati. The queen, Sivagami, rescues an infant from drowning and sacrifices her life to save the child. The baby, named Shivudu, is raised by a tribal couple in a small village at the base of a massive waterfall. As Shivudu grows up, he is curious about what lies beyond the waterfall. One day, he climbs the waterfall and discovers the kingdom of Mahishmati.

In Mahishmati, Shivudu encounters Avantika, a warrior from a group of rebels fighting against the tyrannical king Bhallaladeva. Shivudu falls in love with Avantika and pledges to help her cause. During his quest, he learns of his true heritage: he is Mahendra Baahubali, the son of the late king Amarendra Baahubali.

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion

The second film delves into the backstory of Amarendra Baahubali. Amarendra and Bhallaladeva are cousins raised by Queen Sivagami. Both are potential heirs to the throne. Amarendra is loved by the people for his bravery and kindness, whereas Bhallaladeva is power-hungry and cruel. Sivagami declares Amarendra as the future king, but Bhallaladeva conspires against him.

Amarendra falls in love with Devasena, a warrior princess, and marries her against Sivagami’s wishes. Bhallaladeva manipulates circumstances, leading to Sivagami ordering Amarendra’s execution. Kattappa, Amarendra’s loyal servant, reluctantly kills him due to his duty to the queen. Sivagami realizes her mistake and tries to save Devasena and her infant son, Mahendra, but dies in the process.

In the present, Mahendra Baahubali (Shivudu) returns to Mahishmati with the rebels. He confronts and defeats Bhallaladeva, reclaiming his rightful place as king. The film concludes with Mahendra being crowned, bringing peace and justice back to Mahishmati.

Who directed the Baahubali films?

The Baahubali films were directed by S. S. Rajamouli, who co-wrote the films with V. Vijayendra Prasad.

What are the titles of the Baahubali films?

The two films in the franchise are titled:
Baahubali: The Beginning (released on July 10, 2015)
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (released on April 28, 2017)

What is the plot of Baahubali: The Beginning?

The first film introduces the kingdom of Mahishmati and follows the journey of Shivudu, who climbs a waterfall and discovers his true heritage as Mahendra Baahubali. He joins the rebels to fight against the tyrannical king Bhallaladeva.

What is the plot of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion?

The second film reveals the backstory of Amarendra Baahubali and his conflict with Bhallaladeva. It showcases Amarendra’s love story with Devasena, his betrayal by Bhallaladeva, and his eventual assassination by Kattappa. In the present, Mahendra Baahubali returns to reclaim his throne and brings justice to Mahishmati.

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