Prabhas had full faith in ‘Kalki 2898 AD’ right from scratch: Nag Ashwin

The director said he intended not only to entertain but also to educate kids about the 'Mahabharata' and the original heroes of our mythology.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jul 08, 2024 | 4:45 PM Updated Jul 08, 2024 | 4:45 PM

Prabhas had full faith in 'Kalki 2898 AD' right from the scratch: Nag Ashwin

Kalki 2898 AD director Nag Ashwin recently engaged with the media, fielding questions about the film’s cinematic universe and addressing criticism regarding its extensive use of mythology in his narrative.

The filmmaker aimed to develop indigenous superheroes for an audience well-versed in American pop culture and superheroes.

Seeing children wear Thor and Avengers-themed T-shirts inspired Nag Ashwin to create new stories specifically designed for this audience. “My intention was not just to entertain but also to educate them about the Mahabharata and the original heroes of our mythology.”

The director emphasised that Kalki 2898 AD aimed to be inclusive for all audiences, with a particular focus on appealing to children. “I made this film with my 10-year-old self in mind. I wanted it to be something that I would enjoy watching, sparking lots of questions, imagination, and curiosity. Seeing kids taking photos or videos with Bujji fills me with wonder.”

When questioned about the resemblance between Kamal Haasan’s character Supreme Yaskin and Voldemort from Harry Potter, Nag Ashwin clarified that the fantasy series did not influence his creation.

“Our inspiration stemmed from ancient Tibetan monks living up to 120-130 years. Kamal sir frequently drew parallels to Oscar Wilde’s 1890 philosophical novel, “The Picture of Dorian Gray“, especially focusing on the concept of Dorian Gray’s portrait. This served as his primary source of inspiration. We didn’t rely heavily on cinematic references for achieving that ancient aesthetic,” the filmmaker added.

Nag Ashwin spoke about Prabhas’s unwavering belief in Kalki 2898 AD, despite its challenges and delays. “He had full faith in the project right from scratch. He believed in my vision, too. Despite my limited experience with just two films, he supported me wholeheartedly.”

Kalki 2898 AD, is touted as India’s most expensive film with a reported budget of ₹600 crore. This mythological and sci-fi action drama had a global release on 27 June, spanning Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi, and English languages.

With global earnings surpassing ₹900 crore, Kalki 2898 AD establishes a new benchmark in Indian cinema for its production quality and audience engagement.

Beyond entertainment, it prompts reflection on themes such as the influence of technology, human strength, and the timeless relevance of ancient wisdom.

(Edited by Y Krishna Jyothi)

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