The reportedly highest grossing Indian film of all time, and sequel to 2015 Bahubali has seen tremendous interest in the Qatar state.
Not only are Indians and other South Asian expatriates flocking to see the film, but a large number of Qataris, other Arabs and even Europeans are watching the film at multiplexes and other cinema theatres, sources reveal.
Surprisingly, Qataris were the second largest community watching the film after Indians as per their data records with reference to to a Q-Tickets official. Meanwhile Arabs came third in the list.
Q-Tickets constitutes 86 percent of online sale of film tickets in Qatar.
Indian film buff and Qatari national Ahmed Abdulla Mohannadi said after watching the film: “Indian films have always been my favourite especially because of its colourful canvas. I had watched and loved ‘Baahubali 1’ for its grand and colourful sets and was eagerly waiting for its second part. As expected, ‘Baahubali 2’ is also an exciting mix of technology and art.”
Sources said that despite having over 60 screenings until Friday since its release, the Rs450 crore budget film which has already collected $131 million worldwide, is still witnessing packed shows at theatres.
An employee of City Centre Cinema said that in the last six years of his job he had never seen a rush for a film like this “What is surprising is that the audience constitutes even European and Arab residents, which creates a festival like atmosphere at the theatre,” he said.
An official of Ibin Ajayan Projects that manages the four cinema halls at Asian Town said: “Altogether, 17 screenings of ‘Baahubali 2’ took place at the four cinema halls at Asian Town last weekend and all the shows were houseful. Many families also came to watch the movie.”
He added:”The film’s availability in four languages Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam has widened its reach to the audience. While Malayalam and Tamil versions of the film are widely watched by film loving expatriates from South India and Sri Lanka, expatriates from north India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh prefer to watch the Hindi version of the film. Seeing the overwhelming response of people toward the film, we expect another houseful week at the theatres, this week.”
Due to the hype and success for the film directed by Rajamouli and starring Prabhas, Ramya Krishnan and Anushka Shetty, it will also soon be released in Japanese and Chinese languages.
A Nepali expatriate said: “I have watched the movie twice and now I plan to watch the Telugu version of the film.”
An Asian Town Cinema employee working in the ticketing division said: “A large number of single workers were not able to watch the film last week, because most of the tickets were booked online in advance. So, we expect them at theatres leading to another houseful week for the mega film.”