Movie lovers have been urged to take advantage of a unique opportunity this weekend as Dubbo prepares to host a screening of Indian smash hit Baahubali 2: The Conclusion.
Released last month, the film has collected more than 13 billion Indian rupees ($270 million Australian dollars) in India alone – more than six times its 2.5 billion INR budget. In its opening weekend, it jumped to third place on the US Box Office charts.
Now a group of friends – Abraham Thomas, Sinesh Stephen, Anil Thomas, Jojesh Augusty, Anoop MK and Gracious John – are bringing the global sensation to Dubbo with a screening at Reading Cinemas at 5.30pm this Saturday, May 20.
Abraham said the movie combined the action and gore of a historical epic with song and dance to bring an Indian legend to life.
“It's a movie which portrays an Indian war … and it sort of portrays our culture and traditions,”” he said.
“We have such strong characters and this is just one of them.
“It also shows also how beautiful the country is, and there's also song and dance.”
Sinesh said the film-makers had used the best technology, with special effects to rival a Hollywood blockbuster.
“It's also got actors from all states and languages so I think that adds to its popularity,” Sinesh said.
“It’s a must-watch Indian movie,” Anil said.
The men said bringing a screening to Dubbo was the only way to see Baahubali 2 on the big screen, short of travelling to Sydney. But they also hoped the film would help them share some of their heritage with Dubbo.
“There's a big community here and they all love to watch movies,” Abraham said.
“This is one way of doing a multicultural event so everyone can be a part of it,” Abraham said.
“And we need participation from the whole community, because it's expensive to bring a movie to Dubbo.”
Tickets cost $10 per child and $23 per adult, and bookings are recommended. Contact Sinesh Stephen on 0470 469 650 or Anoop MK on 0431 921 410 to book. Tickets can also be purchased from RAMS International Dubbo.