Baahubali part 1... not seen it yet? Face the peer pres­sure!

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Henna Rakheja ■

Baahubali nahi dekhi?! The ques­tion con­tains a new sort of peer pres­sure for the Face­book­ing and In­sta­gram­ming gen­er­a­tion. If they ad­mit that they haven’t watched Baahubali: The Be­gin­ning, at a time when Baahubali: The Con­clu­sion is mak­ing waves, then scorn is poured over them.

Geetu Mar­to­lia, who is a com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager in Delhi, says, “I do watch films, but Baahubali, which is bor­der­line re­gional and not of my pre­ferred genre, wasn’t my first choice when part 1 re­leased. So I asked my friends what’s the story when the hul­la­baloo be­gan dur­ing the re­lease of part 2. And the re­ac­tion I got was: ‘You haven’t watched Baahubali 1?!’ I con­fessed the truth, that’s why it hap­pened.”

Hr­ishita De­wan, a 20-yearold stu­dent, got long looks of dis­be­lief from her class­mates, when she said she hadn’t watched Baahubali part 1. “I couldn’t un­der­stand what this re­ac­tion was about un­til I saw some Face­book videos mock­ing peo­ple who’re in the same boat as me,” she says.

This is a talk­ing point even among psy­chol­o­gists! Dr Shreeja Dey, a Delhi-based psy­chol­o­gist, was asked by her peers how she could pos­si­bly have missed part 1, be­ing a movie lover.

Even in the film in­dus­try, not all had seen part 1 un­til the se­quel was out. “I know many such friends,” says Atul Mo­han, trade an­a­lyst. “Af­ter the suc­cess of Baahubali 2, they made it a point to watch part 1, wher­ever avail­able.”

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