By RAHUL RAUT
If you were awed by the architecture of the Kunthala kingdom in this year’s historical blockbuster ‘Baahubali 2’ and ever dreamed up visiting a place like that, here is a good news for you. You can now experience the majestic entrance to the palace of Mahishmati and be a part of the magnificent world of Baahubali as the lavish sets of this SS Rajamouli’s movie franchise have now been turned into a tourist attraction at Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad, India.
The larger-than-life sets which are sprawled over 100 acres of land have now been opened for the public to get the first-hand experience of the grandeur of the sets, designed by the National Award winner Sabu Cyril.
An official of Ramoji Film City said to Mid-Day, “A cumulative of over 60 crore was spent on creating the sets of the film over two parts. Besides the set, some props too have been retained for visitors to see. We have many film students, cinema lovers and even general public visiting us. At the moment, it’s the spot that is attracting maximum tourists for us.”
“In Bahubali: The Beginning, you got to see mainly the outer part of the kingdom, but the real Mahishmati was unravelled in Baahubali: The Conclusion. The pre-production team had made 1500 sketches, in view of which the film was later shot,” the official added.
Shobu Yarlagadda, the producer of the Baahubali franchise said, “The officials at Ramoji approached us with the idea and we were happy to oblige. It took us months to create the set and we were anyway planning to retain the set for later use. What better than to feel that we’ve created something for posterity!”