‘Bahubali’ audio release deferred fearing stampede

The audio release of Telugu mega-budget film ‘Baahubali’ has been stalled, thwarting enthusiasm of cine buffs. The audio release event was scheduled for Saturday, May 31.

The S.S. Rajamouli directorial is touted to be one of the most expensive films in India. Tollywood superstars Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah Bhatia and Anushka Shetty play the lead roles. Nasser, Sathyaraj and Ramya Krishnan also star in the movie.

Director Rajamouli and producer Shobu Yarlagadda of Arka Media held a press conference to announce that the audio release function could not be held as per schedule. The press meet was also attended by actor Prabhas.

The producer and director said the police’s apprehensions of a stampede made them reconsider their decision to organise the movie’s audio release in the grand manner, originally scheduled at the HITEX grounds in Hyderabad.

‘Bahubali’ is a two-part epic movie. The first part would be released worldwide on July 10. The filmmakers hoped this should cheer the fans eager to see the film.

‘Bahubali’ is a story of two brothers and their fight for their Kingdom.

The film will also be dubbed in Tamil, Malyalam and Hindi and the dubbed versions will also hit theatres simultaneously.

Producer-director Karan Johar will be showcasing the film in Hindi in collaboration with Anil Thadani of AA Films.

Meanwhile, Cyberabad Police Commissioner C.V. Anand said they had got a request for permission to conduct the show, saying that an estimated 30,000 fans were invited.

“They should have told the police about the number of people expected. The said grounds can comfortably accommodate only about 10,000 and the numbers indicated to us will surely lead to a problem that is best avoided. So we denied them permission,” the officer was quoted as saying by an English Daily.