TOUGH TIMES AND TOUGHER DE­CI­SIONS

With the block­buster Baahubali films un­der his belt, Prab­has re­calls his to­tal ded­i­ca­tion

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Ever since Baahubali 2: The Con­clu­sion hit the the­atres, lead ac­tor Prab­has has lit­er­ally had the en­tire na­tion swoon­ing over his act.

Even as film­maker SS Ra­jamouli’s epic drama started break­ing one boxof­fice record af­ter an­other across all the seg­ments and mar­kets, the reel Baahubali sneaked out of the coun­try for a much-needed break.

We caught up with the me­dia-shy ac­tor for one of his first in­ter­views af­ter the suc­cess of Baahubali 2. When we re­mind Prab­has that dur­ing the film’s pro­mo­tions, he spoke about want­ing a “break at any cost”, he laughs and replies, “Yes, it’s true. Af­ter I com­pleted the shoot­ing, the first thing that I wanted to do was to go for a va­ca­tion, and I’m happy that I am on a hol­i­day right now.”

About the suc­cess of the Baahubali fran­chise — the first film was a big hit and the sec­ond has be­come sim­ply mas­sive — the ac­tor says that the film team knew it would be some­thing spe­cial, but still, “the kind of love and ap­pre­ci­a­tion that the au­di­ences have been be­stow­ing upon us has been to­tally over­whelm­ing”.

Will there be a Baahubali 3? Prab­has says that he’d love to re­turn to the char­ac­ter. That prompts us to bring up the fact that he didn’t work at any­thing else when shoot­ing for Baahubali — and the sec­ond film took five years to make. “I’d have given even seven years of my life for a film like this,” says the ac­tor. “I re­alised that this is one film that would re­quire all my ded­i­ca­tion and de­ter­mi­na­tion. Imag­ine, only the ac­tion por­tions of the film took 300 days to com­plete. The sched­ules were ex­tremely tough, as dif­fer­ent por­tions [of the film] needed me to look dif­fer­ent. So, if any­thing, I have only gained im­mensely as an ac­tor from the Baahubali se­ries.”

The lengthy shoot and the to­tal ded­i­ca­tion that Baahubali re­quired put him in fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties. “At first, the movie was sup­posed to be shot in two years, so yes, cir­cum­stances were tough back then, and it wasn’t an easy phase,” says Prab­has. “My friends and fam­ily asked me to take up other work, but I had my full faith in Ra­jamouli sir. Tough times call for tougher de­ci­sions.”

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