Too big to be one

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 Mar 2017 11:50:47


The mystery behind ‘why Kattappa killed Baahubali?’ will unfold when S S Rajamouli’s Baahubali 2: The Conclusion releases next month but the director says he enjoyed the fan theories related to the cliffhanger.

“I had only one theory for ‘why Kattappa killed Baahubali?’. But people had lot of theories,” Rajamouli said at the trailer launch of the film’s Hindi version recently.
The National Award-winning director was not under any pressure while making the movie’s second part, which releases on April 28.


“The amount of trolls you get are promotional to the craze for the film. Whether good or bad... However people discuss it, it shows that your film has made an impact. It doesn’t create pressure, it gives me confidence that so many people are going to watch the second part. It guarantees me an opening.”


Rajamouli said he did not make any changes in the story after the huge success of Baahubali: The Beginning but worked extensively to make action and visual effects better.
“It’s a single story from the beginning to end. It’s one big story, so we couldn’t put it together in one film. The story and the characterisation was all there. After the success of the action sequences in the first part, we elaborated it in part two.


“We put additional efforts on VFX, the producers spent more money on it. As far as the story is concerned nothing has changed.”
The most difficult thing for Rajamouli while making both the parts of Baahubali was to keep the interest of the cast and crew intact through the five-year period.


While the film’s story will come to an end with Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, the makers have plans to come up with comics and novels on the character for the fans.
“I am a selfish man, I want my films to do well. But it is not good to stretch it. But the world of Baahubali will not end, it will continue through comics, novels, virtual reality world, television series or animation for the fans to rejoice,” Rajamouli said.
The Eega helmer said a story should be the driving force to turn a film into a franchise and not because there is a market for it.


Meanwhile, S S Rajamouli wants the audiences to revisit the world of Bahubali before the release of Bahubali 2: The Conclusion.
Rajamouli today said they are planning to show the first part a week before the second edition hits theatres on April 28.
“We are planning to release part one maybe one or two weeks before the release of part two in southern states so people can get back into the narrative,” Rajamouli said.
Both Rana Daggubati and Prabhas are overwhelmed with the response to the trailer.


“The fans are happy with it. It’s overwhelming to be a part of the film,” Rana said.
Vamsi Atluri says it took 25 versions to lock the trailer of S.S. Rajamouli’s magnum opus Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, which clocked a whopping 50 million views across languages in just 24 hours.
Atluri edited the film’s trailer and he’s thrilled with the overwhelming response.


“It’s so satisfying to see this kind of response which I never imagined. More than the pressure of working on the trailer of India’s biggest motion picture (yet), I was very anxious to know how audiences will receive it,” Atluri, heaving a sigh of relief, told IANS.


Two months were spent on working on the trailer.
“We had different versions of the trailer. Just like how it takes different drafts to lock the final script, we had about 25 versions of the trailer. The 25th version of the trailer is what the whole world got to see,” he added.
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is slated for worldwide release on April 28 in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and Malayalam.
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