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Baahubali 2: 50 Days, 500 Workers And Rs35 Crore Is What Went Into The Making Of The Lavish Sets Of This Magnum Opus
- Onkar Kulkarni
- Apr 21, 2017, 13:21 PM IST
Back in 2015, when we spoke to art director Sabu Cyril, he elaborated on the making of the 2500-year-old Mahishmati kingdom for the bumper hit Baahubali: The Beginning. The film's sequel is set for a release this month. It yet again continues to be set in the ancient empire of Mahishmati in South India.
Considering it's the sequel, the team of SS Rajamouli directorial continued to shoot at the pre-existing set where they earlier shot. But for the new film, there were more fresh elements that were added to the empire, along with other picturesque settings and props that are set to steal the thunder of the audience, just the way they did during the part one.
Here, Sabu Cyril mentions a few things that one should watch out for in terms of the sets of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion.
Introduction of a brand new kingdom
While in Baahubali, Mahishmati was the centre of attraction, in the sequel a brand new kingdom will be introduced in the narration, apart from Mahishmati. Sabu refuses to divulge anything further as he feels that the revelation of it before the release of the film will kill the suspense.
Interiors of Mahishmati
While part one showcased Mahishmati from the exteriors what with the ariel view of the kingdom, part two, on the other hand, will take the audience in its interiors with an elaborate view of the palace. "In the earlier film we only introduced the characters, the storyline of the sequel has more depth and so the audience will get to see Mahishmati through a magnifying glass," says Sabu.
Unlike Baahubali that boasted terrestrial war sequences, fought on land, the sequel showcases war sequences which are shot in water! Elaborates the art director, "We have introduced a 'travel port' in the sequel. Thus in the trailer, you see ships transporting through waterways, this is something new that we introduced to the sets." In fact, the promo of the film also sees a song sequences in the backdrop of a ship.
From 28 crores to 35 crores
Even though the film is set in Mahishmati kingdom which was seen in Baahubali, the newer elements introduced to the pre-existing sets escalated the cost of production associated with the art department. "For part one, we created the sets for 28 crores, but for Bahubali 2 we ended up spending 35 crores only for the production design," says Sabu. To create the magnificent sets, it took nearly 50 days and a manpower of 300 to 500 people.
Chambal valley recreation
The crucial sequence of Baahubali killing Katappa has been shot at Ramoji Filmcity in Hyderabad. A massive set depicting a valley was put up there. The original idea, however, was to shoot the sequence at a real location. “We had thought of shooting it at the Chambal valley, but due to rains, the terrain had become green. We wanted it to look barren, but monsoon bloomed and blossomed the valley, which did not suit our requirement,” says Sabu. Thus, 100 trucks load of mud was spread to make the rocky ground of Filmcity look smooth which became easy to shoot on. From dried up trees to the colour of the soil everything was made to look quintessentially Chambal for the major sequence of the film.
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