It looks like Prabhas and Baahubali will remain in a league of their own, never to be encored. One doesn’t know if filmmaker SS Rajamouli would ever make a film as grand as Baahubali. But as far as its leading man Prabhas’s career in Bollywood is concerned, it seems to have crashed even before take-off. Ever wondered why despite so many speculations about Prabhas’ Bollywood debut say with Karan Johar or Salman Khan, why there’s still no development whatsoever? Also read: Dear Prabhas, here’s why you are one of a kind superstar
According to sources, the villain in Prabhas’s Bollywood career proved to be his price. “Prabhas had devoted five years of his life to the two Baahubali films and it was only fair that he would want to cash in on his new success,” says the source, adding that Prabhas went ahead and asked for a new, inflated price. “But the price he asked for was staggering. While it was okay for him to ask and get his desired price — reportedly in the vicinity of Rs 20 crores — in Telugu cinema, it was unrealistic for Prabhas to expect that kind of remuneration in Bollywood. No South Indian actor, not even Rajinikanth, has that kind of commercial clout in Hindi cinema. Prabhas has clearly out-priced himself from Bollywood,” says a source.
The casualty of the actor’s demand is the film he was supposed to do for Karan Johar’s production house. Karan has, apparently, backed out of the verbal commitment to launch Prabhas in Hindi. Says a source, “After Baahubali and its sequel, Karan was keen to launch Prabhas in Hindi cinema. But on seeing the price he was asking, Karan has decided to abandon the idea of launching him.”
At the moment, Prabhas has the Telugu-Hindi-Tamil tri-lingual film Saaho in hand. The film is being shot simultaneously in Telugu and Hindi and one reason why Shraddha Kapoor was roped in, was to make it appealing to the Hindi moviegoers.