SS rajamouli’s magnum opus ‘Baahubali: The Conclusion’ is continuously breaking and making records in Indian film industry since it has been released. The filmmaker who is currently basking in the glory of the success of the film doesn’t ‘want the world of Baahubali to end.
As the blockbuster film franchise — which has set new box office records for Indian films — comes to an end, audiences can still continue rooting for the characters from the world of “Baahubali” via comics, animation series, and novels.
“We created the world of ‘Baahubali’ for our actors to understand their character better. When we look at Baahubali and Bhallaladeva, the warring brothers, what we see in the film is just a minor part of their lives. In the ‘Baahubali’ universe, there is so much more worth knowing about them. The same applies to other characters too,” Rajamouli told IANS.
“The world of ‘Baahubali’ is so fascinating. I wish it doesn’t end. It shouldn’t end and I will pray for it.” he added.
“There are backstories for each character in the world of ‘Baahubali’… Some really powerful scenes which needed to be told. Unfortunately, film medium has its own limitation and not all stories work very well in it. The story of Sivagami, for instance, is so powerful and exhaustive, we realised it will work wonders as a novel,” Rajamouli explained.
Sivagami’s story has been turned into a three-part novel. “The Rise of Sivagami” by Anand Neelakantan is the first book in the trilogy.
Meanwhile, Baahubali franchise has been expanded into an animation series titled Baahubali: The Lost Legends. An elated Rajamouli told IANS “I’m a huge fan of Disney’s films. Lately, I have been fascinated by 3D animation and I’m glad we could visualise ‘Baahubali’ universe through this medium. Even though it doesn’t cater to a larger audience as cinema, it’s widely popular and fast catching up in India.”
The second episode from “Baahubali: The Lost Legends” will be unveiled on Friday on Amazon Prime.
Asked if he would like to direct an animation film outside the world of “Baahubali”, Rajamouli said: “As exciting as the idea sounds, it took us five years to take ‘Baahubali’ to the audience. It’s going to be a very time-consuming process and I don’t think I can afford so much time on a project again.”
Talking about the golden run of “Baahubali 2” at the ticket window, Rajamouli said he is still “in a state of daze”.
“I’m going to be honest and tell you that we wanted this kind of success. We strove hard and longed for it. When we achieved it, it’s so hard to believe that I still cannot come to terms with this overwhelming feeling. It’s tough to believe if this success is even real,” he said.
Speaking to IANS about his future plans, Rajamouli said,”My long-time desire is to make a film on Mahabharat. You can imagine the scale on which it has to be made and it will be beyond anybody’s imagination. It’s been on my mind for quite long but I don’t know yet when it will happen.”