Kalki 2898-AD: Everything you want to know about Bhairava’s Bujji

The makers collaborated with Mahindra and Jayem Automotive to construct this advanced vehicle.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jun 05, 2024 | 12:42 PMUpdatedJun 05, 2024 | 12:42 PM

Bhairava's Bujji from Kalki 2898-AD

The upcoming sci-fi thriller, Kalki 2898-AD, directed by Nag Ashwin is creating a buzz online.

It stars Prabhas, Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan, Deepika Padukone, and Disha Patani in the lead roles.

The film’s teaser, already unveiled on digital platforms, provides a vague glimpse into the storyline. However, one standout feature in Kalki 2898-AD is the AI-powered car—Bujji.

The vehicle has since garnered attention through multiple promotions.

If you’re curious whether the car is a product of AI or special effects, here’s the truth.

The makers of Kalki 2898-AD collaborated with Mahindra and Jayem Automotive to construct this advanced vehicle.

Intrigued about what makes Bujji unique? Read on to find out.

Also Read: Bujji and Bhairava prelude to release on 31 May

The story behind Bujji

Bujji is powered by a 47kw battery setup

Bujji is powered by a 47kw battery setup. (Supplied)

Both companies have strived to make Bujji as realistic as possible, starting from its design.

The car, weighing 6 tonnes, boasts custom-made 34.4-inch hubless rims at the front and a remarkable single wheel at the rear, allowing Bujji to move freely in any direction.

A unique canopy has been installed on the driver’s side, giving the vehicle an appearance reminiscent of a futuristic aircraft.

Bujji’s dimensions are impressive, with a length of 6075 mm, a height of 2186 mm, and a width of 3380 mm.

The vehicle is powered by a sturdy 47kw battery setup, delivering a maximum power of 126 bhp and a peak torque of 9800 Nm.

Anand Mahindra, Chairman of Mahindra Group, shared details about Bujji on X.

The Mahindra Research Valley team in Chennai “helped the Kalki 2898-AD team realise its vision for a futuristic vehicle by simulating the powertrain configuration, architecture, and performance,” he said.

The vehicle “runs on two Mahindra e-motors powering the rear spherical wheel.”

A demo of Bujji held recently in Chennai

A demo of Bujji held recently in Chennai. (Supplied)

Anand Mahindra praised Nag Ashwin, stating that the nation takes pride in him and “his group of filmmakers who boldly embrace ambitious ideas.”

Interestingly, the filmmaker extended an invitation to Tesla CEO Elon Musk to personally experience the distinctive features of Bujji.

After Bujji’s premiere in Hyderabad, Ashwin took the custom-designed vehicle to Chennai for a public showcase.

He also released a behind-the-scenes video, showcasing the “brain” of Bujji—a robot portrayed with an anxious and eager personality during the construction of its body.

Voiced by Keerthy Suresh, Bujji, serves as the companion to Prabhas’s character Bhairava in Kalki 2898-AD.

At an event, Ashwin said a lot of research went into designing and building a car with special features. “Bujji is massive. We built it step by step for Bhairava.”

After a pause, he remarked, “Bujji may seem like a diminutive name, yet it holds immense significance for us. Crafting Kalki 2898-AD has been a challenging journey.”

Check out the gallery: Pics from Kalki 2898-AD’s Bhairava-Bujji event