As the multilingual Saaho has started facing a drop in its collections, since the fifth day of its release, some reports have started doing the rounds that Prabhas’ Baahubali director and close friend SS Rajamouli had warned the actor about the film. Saaho, despite having a remarkable opening at the worldwide box office, has been criticised by many for delivering stellar action sequences rather than presenting a good story. As per reports, Prabhas gave a special preview of the film to Rajamouli, prior to its release, and the filmmaker suggested editing it to a shorter, crisper version. However, it appears that this suggestion was dismissed and has had a negative impact on the film’s reception.
An anonymous source was quoted in a media publication, saying, “The whole point of doing an out-and-out killer-thriller antithetical in content, tone, and mood to Baahubali was to prove that it was not only Rajamouli but also Prabhas who made Baahubali the historic hit it was. By signing a relatively new director (Sujeeth Reddy) and working shoulder to shoulder with the youngster, Prabhas hoped to recreate the Baahubali hysteria without Rajamouli thereby proving he was no flash-in-the-pan superstar. Sadly the effort not only backfired but it also alienated Rajamouli."
Claims of plagiarism and the plethora of negative reviews for Saaho and Prabhas’ performance may affect the superstar’s image, which was strengthened by the record breaking success of SS Rajamouli’s epic action films, Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) and Baahubali: The Conclusion (2017). Saaho marks Prabhas’ debut in the Hindi film industry and its Hindi version has grossed INR 102.38 crore in five days, with mass circuits contributing to the film's revenue. The holiday of Ganesh Chaturthi on 2nd September also helped maintain the footfall in cinemas. The film also crossed INR Rs 350 crore mark at the worldwide box office within five days (including Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Malayalam release).