SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali franchise is one of the most successful sequels and the franchise created many records at the box office.
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion was released simultaneously in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi languages has set an exceptional record. It stars actors like Prabhas, Anushka Shetty, Rana Daggubatti, Tamannaah Bhatia, Ramya Krishnan, Nassar, Sathyaraj in key roles. The movie has gone on to release in China an gone on to earn $11.9 million (Rs 80 crore).
As per the latest update, Netflix has green light a project which will highlight the journey of Sivagami in a prequel to the SS Rajamouli’s two-part blockbuster. The series will have two installments. The series will be titled “Baahubali: Before the Beginning” and series is adapted by on Anand Neelakantan’s book, “The Rise of Sivagami”. The first season will consist of 9 episodes and will talk about Sivagami’s journey from a defiant and unforgiving girl child who later on turns out to be a wise and unique queen.
Netflix has joined hands with Arka Media Works and Rajamouli. The said project will be co-directed by Deva Katta and Praveen Sataru. During a recent interaction with the media, Rajamouli was quoted saying that, “I am very excited that this is being adapted as a Netflix Original Series. With Netflix as our partner, we have the opportunity to create a rich and riveting series and take this quintessential Indian epic to the world, which is very gratifying to me as a storyteller.”
You witnessed the Mahishmati Empire in all its glory. Now witness its rise. Baahubali: Before the Beginning coming soon. pic.twitter.com/csPODOcXdt
— Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) August 2, 2018
As per initial reports provided by a source in the streaming giant, “Power, politics and intrigue find themselves juxtaposed against the rise of Mahishmati – from being a city-state to an empire.” Rajamouli gave an insight into the world of “Baahubali” and said that “Baahubali is extensive and immersive with strong characters and larger than life kingdoms and while they explored a part of it in the two films, there are other more dramatic stories to explore.”
Erik Barmack, VP, International Originals, Netflix also spoke about upcoming series based on book adaption of “The Rise of Sivagami” and was quoted saying that,“Baahubali is a world-class franchise that epitomizes the power of compelling stories that resonate globally. We are excited to work with some of the world’s most talented writers and producers on one of India’s most beloved stories. The series is a tremendous opportunity for us to give audiences more of the universe that they have come to love, and welcome millions more into the global Baahubali fandom.”
Prasad Devineni, Producer, Arka Media Works, revealed that the team has been working for over a year to develop the prequel as a Netflix original series. “We are happy to be partnering with Netflix to produce this amazing story. This partnership gives us the reach and the creative freedom to bring to life the full potential of the series in all its grandeur and exceed the high expectations set by both our films.”