9 Years of Baahubali-The Beginning: Trivia about SS Rajamouli’s period film

The Prabhas-starrer earned ₹650 crore globally, thus becoming the highest-grossing Telugu film and the second-highest-grossing Indian film worldwide at that time.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jul 10, 2024 | 3:24 PM Updated Jul 11, 2024 | 3:32 PM

9 years of SS Rajamouli's Baahubali_ The Beginning

Nine years have passed since SS Rajamouli’s epic action drama, Baahubali: The Beginning, hit the screens.

The 2015 film achieved instant cult status upon its release. Notably, it was shot simultaneously in Telugu and Tamil and emerged as a blockbuster in its Hindi-dubbed version as well.

The cast includes Prabhas in dual roles, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Ramya Krishnan, Sathyaraj, Nasser, and Tamannaah Bhatia.

Baahubali: The Beginning earned ₹650 crore globally, thus becoming the highest-grossing Telugu film and the second-highest-grossing Indian film worldwide at that time.

The first instalment of the Baahubali franchise follows Sivudu and Avantika’s quest to rescue Devasena, the ex-queen of Mahishmati, from King Bhallaladeva’s tyranny. The story concludes in Baahubali: The Conclusion (2017).

The film’s plot was conceived by Rajamouli’s father V Vijayendra Prasad. Prasad initially narrated a story to his son about Sivagami, a woman crossing a river while carrying a baby, and later about Kattappa, which captured Rajamouli’s interest.

The filmmaker‘s passion for the Mahabharata, as well as stories from Amar Chitra Katha and Chandamama, intensified his interest in the narrative. The writers spent three months perfecting the final draft.

MM Keeravani composed the soundtrack and background score, while Senthil Kumar managed the cinematography. Sabu Cyril oversaw production design and V Srinivas Mohan handled VFX.

Baahubali: The Beginning not only gained global recognition for India but also expanded Prabhas’s international fan base. It received praise for its stunning VFX and made history by winning the National Film Award for Best Special Effects and Best Feature Film, marking a first for Telugu cinema.

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Rajamouli’s epic drama creates history

Over the years, Rajamouli consistently resonated with audiences by staying true to his roots while pushing boundaries in filmmaking. Baahubali: The Beginning garnered widespread critical acclaim, rightfully so, with its emotional depth marking it as one of Rajamouli’s most personal and ambitious projects, and among his finest works to date.

The film featured a fictional language named Kiliki used universally across all versions. This language was spoken by the warrior hordes led by warlord Kalakeya and was created by Madhan Karky.

Madhan Karky is acclaimed for inventing a completely new language and crafting dialogues specifically for the tribe to speak in this language. Kiliki features a vocabulary of 750 words and over 40 grammar rules.

In the film, whenever there is violence against animals, the screen displays “CGI” in the lower left corner to signify that it was simulated using computer graphics and no actual animals were harmed. This is akin to the anti-smoking warnings mandated by the Indian censor board.

Baahubali: The Beginning achieved a Guinness World Record for the largest film poster ever, measuring 50,000 square feet. Created by the film’s team, the poster was unveiled in Cochin, Kerala.

The cast and crew spent 109 days filming the war sequence. Given the importance of the waterfall scene, the filmmakers conducted extensive location scouting and ultimately shot it at three different places.

Rana Daggubati, who played Bhallaladeva, gained 33 kg for the role, which involved consuming 40 egg whites daily as part of his regimen.

The team often worked non-stop for 24 hours during shooting. Despite thorough planning, the execution of scenes required considerable time. Most of the filming took place at Film City in Hyderabad.

The VFX team for Baahubali collaborated with Hollywood’s Jurassic World, involving nearly 600 artists from 18 global facilities. Makuta and Firefly, based in Hyderabad, spearheaded the project.

Baahubali: The Beginning was included in the BBC’s documentary, “100 Years of Indian Cinema”, directed by Sanjeev Bhaskar. Its sequel, Baahubali: The Conclusion, which was released in April 2017, sparked a trend in pan-India filmmaking.

(Edited by Y Krishna Jyothi)

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