S S Rajamouli’s magnum opus ‘Baahubali’ prequel series announced by Netflix!

 After premiering its first Indian series Sacred Games last month, Netflix is set to make another Indian series on one of India’s highest-grossing franchises Baahubali. It will be an adaptation of The Rise of Sivagami, a prequel novel to the 2015 film.

Director S.S. Rajamouli, who helmed both the instalments of the hit franchise “Baahubali: The Beginning” (2015) and “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” (2017) has teamed up with Arka Media Works and Netflix for the series.

Netfix announced this good news and wrote, “You witnessed the Mahishmati Empire in all its glory. Now witness its rise. Baahubali: Before the Beginning coming soon”

This prequel series captures Queen Sivagami’s journey from a rebellious and vengeful girl to a wise and unequalled queen. Power, politics and intrigue find themselves juxtaposed against the rise of Mahishmati – from being a city-state to an empire. This is the rich backdrop and drama where the Baahubali franchise is set. The series promises to build on the incredible narrative style of the franchise – including its high production values, spectacular visuals and connective-epic story-telling.

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Rajamouli said in a statement: “The World of ‘Baahubali’ is extensive and immersive with strong characters and larger than life kingdoms. The films ‘Baahubali -The Beginning’ and ‘The Conclusion’, are from one story set in this world and more dramatic stories were broadly conceived while building the Universe.

“With Netflix as our partner, we have the opportunity to create a rich and riveting series and take this quintessential Indian epic to the world, which is very gratifying to me as a story-teller.”

Season one of the Netflix series will comprise nine episodes based on Anand Neelakantan’s book The Rise of Sivagami, which tells the story of Mahishmati’s queen Sivagami and how the city-state evolved into an empire.

According to Erik Barmack, Vice President of International Originals at Netflix, “Baahubali” is a world-class franchise that epitomises the power of compelling stories that resonate globally.

“We are excited to work with some of the world’s most talented writers and producers on one of India’s most beloved stories. The series is a tremendous opportunity for us to give audiences more of the universe that they have come to love, and welcome millions more into the global ‘Baahubali’ fandom,” Barmack added.

The casting and release dates of the series have not been revealed yet.

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