What makes Prabhas invincible? Here are 10 ‘hits and misses’ that define his career

Following the grand spectacle of "Baahubali 2" (2017), Prabhas found himself on a challenging path where box office triumph seemed elusive.

ByPrakash Pecheti

Published Dec 26, 2023 | 2:51 PMUpdatedDec 26, 2023 | 2:52 PM

Prabhas

Now that “Rebel Star” Prabhas is being praised to the hilt following the stupendous response to his latest pan-India film Salaar: Part 1 Ceasefire (2023), it is clear that he broke the box-office jinx with the rampage that Salaar is currently making left, and right, and centre.

Following the grand spectacle of Baahubali: The Conclusion (2017), Prabhas found himself on a challenging path where box office triumph seemed elusive and the legion of his ardent admirers poured out their worries.

Yet, the silhouette of his larger-than-life persona never faded. In fact, it gradually got bigger over time.

Cinematic ventures such as Saaho (2019), Radhe Shyam (2022), and Adipurush (2023) unfortunately proved lacklustre — both in terms of narrative substance and commercial success. But the openings of these movies were huge.

The influx of audiences to theatres proves how Salaar: Part 1 Ceasefire is a thorough entertainer. Salaar: Part 1 Ceasefire has been receiving a positive response right from its first day.

Scenes of frantic moments and people clamouring for tickets are visible in major centres. As positive reviews came pouring in, the momentum is expected to continue throughout the week.

Prabhas may have ascended to new heights as a pan-India star, but the journey was never a cakewalk. There were hits, more misses and disasters.

Here are Prabhas’ 10 flicks that define his box office stature.

Ek Niranjan

This Puri Jagannadh directorial that came out in 2009, starring Kangana Ranaut alongside Prabhas, was a disaster.

It was released with a break-even target of ₹17 crore, but ended up collecting just ₹10.2 crore in the lifetime run.

Darling

This 2010 romantic comedy directed by A Karunakaran was released in theatres with a breakeven target of ₹16.8 crore.

In the full run, Darling earned ₹22.91 crore in all centres. The movie was praised for its background track. It was just a decent hit at the box office.

Mr Perfect

Mr Perfect was the third romantic comedy in a row starring Prabhas. It also had Kajal Aggarwal and Taapsee Pannu in the lead. Directed by Dashrath, the movie came in 2011.

Its break-even target was 20 crore. It managed to collect ₹27.92 crore in the full run and was labelled a superhit.

Rebel

This 2012 action drama starring Prabhas, Tamannaah Bhatia, and Deeksha Seth was said to be an all-time disaster in the actor’s career.

Directed by Raghava Lawrence, the film entered the fray with a breakeven target of ₹35 crore. However, it managed to collect just ₹27.3 crore in the full run.

Mirchi

This 2013 action drama directed by Koratala Siva featured Prabhas, Anushka Shetty and Richa Gangopadhyay in the lead.

Released in theatres with a breakeven target of ₹30 crores, Mirchi proved to be one of the biggest blockbusters in Prabhas’ career as it earned a share of ₹47.7 crores in the full run.

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Baahubali 1: The Beginning

Needless to say, the storm that Baahubali 1: The Beginning created across the globe was massive when it was released in 2015.

Directed by SS Rajamouli, the film catapulted Prabhas’ career to a level of stardom which he had never predicted.

Baahubali: The Beginning had a breakeven target of ₹148 crore. However, it earned a share of ₹302.3 crore in the full run and stood as an industry hit.

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion

This second part of the Baahubali franchise, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017) entered the fray with a breakeven target of ₹350 crore and earned ₹814.10 crore in the full run. It became an all-time industry hit.

Saaho

This movie, directed by Sujith and starring Prabhas, came in the year 2019. Its breakeven target was ₹290 crore.

However, it ended up with a collection of ₹232.60 crore in the full run.

Although this movie was a disaster in Telugu states, Saaho was a smash hit in the Hindi belt in northern India.

Radhe Shyam

Directed by Radhakrishna Kumar of Jill (2015) fame, Radhe Shyam was released in 2022 with a breakeven target of ₹200 crore.

But it earned a share of just ₹86.41 crores in the full run. Saaho burnt a hole in the pocket of producers.

Adipurush

Directed by Bollywood filmmaker Om Raut, Adipurush starred Prabhas and Kriti Sanon as Lord Rama and Sita.

This epic retelling of the Ramayana entered the box office fray with a breakeven target of ₹230 crore. The film ended with a disastrous show all over. It earned ₹196.58 crore in the full run.