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Live updates of Baahubali 2 Tamil audio launch from YMCA

The biggest audio launch event of the year is happening now at YMCA grounds. Yes, we are talking about the audio launch of Rajamouli's directorial Baahubali 2.

Here we bring you the live updates, directly from the event.

6.45 pm: Event starts. RJ Balaji hosting the function

6.50 pm: Live karaoke music of songs like Appadi Podu, Maanguyile Poonguyile, Humma Humma, are being played.

6.58pm: Kabilan Vairamuthu talks about his brother Madhan Karky. While talking about the Kiliki language, Kabilan says Madhan was always interested in innovations since his childhood.

7.00pm: RJ Balaji conducts quiz with the audience seated over. Questions like, "Where does Baahubali story happen," are being thrown upon to the audience.

7.06pm: Dhananjayan Govind on stage. Says Baahubali 2 has broken all the trade box office records for a dubbed film in the Bollywood market. Expects this sequel to collect 1000 crores including all the four languages (Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam) and beat the box office record of Dangal. He also adds that Baahubali 2 is India's Avatar, as per the audience's expectations.

7.10pm: Director Vikraman on stage, who says Rajamouli is the only director who has a name here, and whose films have a very big opening in Tamil Nadu. 

7.12pm: The trailer of Baahubali 2 being played!

7.15pm: The whole team of Baahubali 2 being called upon to the stage. 

7.16pm: S.S.Rajmouli enters the stage among huge cheers from the audience.

7.17pm: In the presence of the whole team on the stage, Rajamouli flags off and the main event starts.

7.27pm: Vijayendra Prasad, the script writer of Baahubali series, and father of Rajamouli is called to the stage to address the audience. Madhan Karky too joins, to translate Vijayendra Prasad's words.

7.28pm: He says that he came to Chennai in 1987 to write stories, after seeing films of legends like K.Balachander and Bharathi Raja. He feels proud to have worked with a stellar star cast and a bunch of talented technicians for Baahubali 2, and also to have Madhan Karky to pen the Tamil dialogues. 

7.32pm:  Kalaipuli S.Thanu is called to the stage. He starts off his speech by praising Rana Daggubati and Prabhas. He says he requested S.S.Rajamouli to do a film for Vijay in 2004, for which the Baahubali director had replied, he will definitely do once he finishes all his commitments. 

7.35pm:  S.S.Rajamouli hugs Thanu, after the finish of his speech.

7.36pm: A special dance performance by Sandy and team.

7.41pm: Music director Maragadhamani on the stage. Though his original name is M.M.Keeravani, he says Maragadhamani name was coined by K.Balachander. He thanks S.P.Balasubrahmanyam for introducing him. He says audience will enjoy the second part more than the first one.

7.44pm: Trailer being played again and the crowd is cheering.

7.47pm: A special AV for Nassar is played. 

7.48pm: The video ends, and Nassar comes to the stage to address the gathering. He says these five years has been a precious journey for everyone who has worked in the film. He also says that he will remember the happenings and the experiences of working in Baahubali, even if he gets Alzheimer's disease (memory loss).

7.59pm: Yet another dance performance by Sandy and team. 

8.05pm: A special AV for Sathyaraj

8.06pm: Kattappa called on to the stage! He says, Ilaiyaraaja composed 'Raja Kaiya Vecha Wrong ah ponadhu illa' song. On that context, this Raja has never failed (Rajamouli Kaiya Vecha Wrong ah ponadhu illa). Rajamouli has directed 11 films so far, and all are super hits.He says Rajamouli too got trained in sword fighting during the shooting.

8.12pm: Yuvan Shankar Raja arrives at the red carpet.

8.14pm: Sathyaraj continues his speech. He thanks Rajamouli for making him popular as Kattappa outside Tamil Nadu. He recollects the funny memes that went viral on social media dealing with the concept of the million dollar question, 'Why Kattappa killed Baahubali.' 

8.15pm: Dhanush arrives.

8.16pm: Producer Shobu Yarlagadda, who is on the stage, thanks, S.N.Rajarajan of K Productions for making Baahubali 2, very big in Tamil Nadu.

8.18pm:  Dhanush called on stage. He starts his speech amidst lots of cheer from the audience. He says Baahubali brand is very huge and I need not say anything about it. I am coming from Mumbai now, and even there, people say Baahubali 2 is the most costliest Hindi film ever made. That is the level of reach the brand is having. He also added that he is not fit to comment about Rajamouli, as a director. 

8.21pm: AV for Ramya Krishnan being played.

8.22pm: Ramya Krishnan starts her speech by saying Nilambari character in Padaiyappa fetched her wide fame and identity. She had never thought there would be another film that would change the impact made by Padaiyappa, but the Sivagami character in Baahubali changed it.

8.24pm: Yuvan Shankar Raja on stage. He appreciates the amazing work put up by the whole team. He says Maragadhamani's background score adds so much of value to the grand visuals and Rajamouli's vision.

8.26pm: Sandy's dance performance for the third time! Grand costumes by the dancers with an excellent performance.

8.32pm: Producer R.K.Suresh and Keyyar on the stage. While Suresh says, Prabhas is his favourite actor, Keyyar says he is speechless after seeing the response of Baahubali here. 

8.34pm: Seems like Ulaganayagan Kamal Haasan was invited for the event, but he couldn't turn up at the last time. On behalf of him, Rajesh M Selva, Thoongavanam director, comes to the stage and hands over a bouquet to Rajarajan. 

8.37pm: AV for Tamannaah. She comes to the stage. She starts her speech by thanking all the fans who have come for the launch. She shares an interesting flashback. The Dharmadurai girl says that she had thought, if she wins an award, it will definitely be only for Baahubali. But now she feels that working in Baahubali, in itself, is an award; actually bigger than an award. She thanks Prabhas for all the co-operation and help, he had lent during the shooting. She says the whole team is missing Rana Daggubati here today, who is the most talkative guy in the whole crew. R.J.Balaji makes fun of Tamannaah's speech by comparing it with Sachin Tendulkar's farewell speech. (Tamannaah delivered her full speech in Tamil)

8.50pm: And for the fourth time. Sandy's dance performance.

8.55pm: AV for Anushka

8.57pm: Time for Anushka to get onto the stage. Anushka makes a simple, yet sweet, speech by thanking all her lovely fans and the entire cast and crew of Baahubali. 

9.18pm: Rana Daggubati's video byte played. He apologizes wholeheartedly for not being able to attend the function.

9.21pm: Vikram Prabhu and Sathish are here!

9.26pm: A dance tribute to director S.S.Rajamouli by Poorna. 

9.31pm: The captain of the ship is on the stage!!! Rajamouli thanks his father Vijayendra Prasad for the script of Baahubali franchise and Rajarajan for making a big event like this. He recollects his teenage days in Chennai in 1991, when he would cycle all the way to YMCA for his swimming classes. 26 years later, he says he feels proud to be standing on the same place, that too for a grandeur event like this. He asks if there is any hero who will spend more than three and half years for one single film, and then, he immediately points to Prabhas for doing the same. He thanks Prabhas for investing so much of time for Baahubali. 

9.42pm: A tribute dance video for Prabhas. 

9.48pm: Amidst huge cheer from the fans, Prabhas enters the stage with a grand introduction.The rebel star is receiving tremendous response from fans. He thanks for all the love he had been receiving. He says he can understand Rajamouli's love for films, and he would also be ready to give even 4 or 7 years if it is going to be for his film. He shares his four years of experience working in Baahubali 1 and 2, about all the physical strains he had to undergo, the care taken by Rajamouli. He also thanks all his fans, for patiently waiting for two years, because there was no release for him. 

9.59pm: The final moment for which all of them have been waiting for! The grand audio launch. Yes, the audio launch happens with the entire crew coming up to the stage, along with Dhanush as the chief guest. 

End of the event! 

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