Don’t want the world of Baahubali to end: Ra­jamouli

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THE FILM­MAKER BE­LIEVES FILM MEDIUM HAS ITS LIM­I­TA­TIONS. THIS HAS PER­SUADED HIM TO EX­PLORE OTHER MEDI­UMS SUCH AS NOV­ELS, COMICS AND AN­I­MA­TION

The man of the mo­ment in In­dian cin­ema, SS Ra­jamouli (right) is bask­ing in the suc­cess of his film, Baahubali 2: The Con­clu­sion. The film­maker ad­mits he doesn’t want the craze to end. “The world of Baahubali is so fas­ci­nat­ing. It shouldn’t end and I’ll pray for it,” says Ra­jamouli, who thus, plans to ex­tend the fran­chise to the world of comics, an­i­ma­tion se­ries and nov­els.

“In the Baahubali uni­verse, there is so much more worth know­ing about the char­ac­ters. Each of them has a back story. Un­for­tu­nately, film medium has its lim­i­ta­tions and not all sto­ries work well in it. The story of Si­vagami, for in­stance, is so pow­er­ful and ex­haus­tive, we re­alised it will work won­ders as a novel,” he says.

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.

Talk­ing about the fran­chise be­ing ex­panded into an an­i­ma­tion se­ries ti­tled, Baahubali: The Lost Legends, Ra­jamouli says he’s a big fan of the medium. Would he like to di­rect an an­i­ma­tion film on a dif­fer­ent sub­ject al­to­gether? “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,” he says.

What’s the next big thing on his mind af­ter a fran­chise like this? “My long-time de­sire is to make a film on Ma­hab­harat. You can imag­ine the scale on which it has to be made... It has been on my mind for long, but I don’t know yet when it will hap­pen,” the film­maker con­cludes.

PHOTO: SHAKTI YADAV

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