BAAHUBALI UNI­VERSE

India Today - - COVER STORY / CINEMA - Il­lus­tra­tion by ANIRBAN GHOSH

1 CEN­TRAL CHAR­AC­TER

Amaren­dra Baahubali and Sivudu/Ma­hen­dra Baahubali Played by Prab­has

The benev­o­lent king of Mahish­mati king­dom who puts peo­ple first, the Brave­heart who in­spires an army and the du­ti­ful son-fa­ther

2 Avan­tika Played by Ta­man­naah

Lover of Ma­hen­dra Baahubali. The feisty war­rior princess who conquers the young hero’s heart with both her looks and her dare­dev­ilry

3 Bhal­laladeva Played by Rana Daggubati

Cousin of Amaren­dra, son of Bi­j­jaladeva. The bad cop to Baahubali’s good cop. Loses his cool and then his king­dom only to re­gain it through un­scrupu­lous means

4 Bi­j­jaladeva Played by Nasser

Amaren­dra’s un­cle, Bhal­laladeva’s fa­ther. The power-hun­gry heir whose con­tempt for Baahubali and his fam­ily causes a rift in the Mahish­mati king­dom

5 Devasena Played by Anushka Shetty

Wife of Amaren­dra, mother of Ma­hen­dra. Aged mother-prisoner in Part 1 trans­forms into a swash­buck­ling fighter and love in­ter­est in the sec­ond film

6 Kat­tappa Played by Sathyaraj

Slave of Bi­j­jaladeva. The Bru­tus to Baahubali’s Cae­sar. The loyal aide whose be­trayal left the na­tion stunned. Why, Kat­tappa, why?

7 Si­vagami Played by Ramya Kr­ishna

Wife of Bi­j­jaladeva and aunt of Amaren­dra. All hail the queen who chooses wisely. If not for her fore­sight and supreme swim­ming skills, there wouldn’t be Sivudu and Part 2

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