When Prabhas Spoke On The Success Of Baahubali

Before Baahubali The Beginning I had not seen any work of Prabhas. He was not one of those South Indian actors for whom one would break the language barrier. I remember asking Rajamouli why he was casting a relatively unknown actor in such an important role. Rajamouli said it was a commitment to Prabhas and Baahubali won’t be made with any other actor. Friday, July 10, 2015 changed everything. I had to seek out Prabhas, and I did.
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Prabhas: File photo

Before Baahubali The Beginning I had not seen any work of Prabhas. He was not one of those South Indian actors for whom one would break the language barrier. I remember asking Rajamouli why he was casting a relatively unknown actor in such an important role. Rajamouli said it was a commitment to Prabhas and Baahubali won’t be made with any other actor. Friday, July 10, 2015 changed everything. I had to seek out Prabhas, and I did.
Prabhas was dazed by the response to Baahubali. “It actually started six years ago. Before Rajamouli made Magadheera he told me he was planning another big film. He told me just four-line story about a South Indian king. And I was deeply impressed. But after Magadheera he got busy with Eega (Makkhi) and I got busy doing a film called Rebel. It took us 1 and half year to complete our respective films.”

When Prabhas Got Goose Bumps

Three years later, Rajamouli told Prabhas about Baahubali. “Rajamouli gave me a full narration. And I got goose bumps. What I really liked about the script of Baahubali was that it wasn’t only about the hero and the villain. The other characters were also fascinating. This was Rajamouli’s first script where all the characters were given equal importance. I was really kicked by the idea of so many characters working so well in one script.”
Rajamouli asked Prabhas for a year of your dates. “That’s right. When I heard the script, I knew there were things that had never been done. It wasn’t like something we could do in a hurry. I knew it was going to take a lot of our time. No one had ever attempted anything like Baahubali. Rajamouli is extremely passionate about his work. I know him as a friend and a guru. I knew he was going to take a lot of time to do Baahubali. I also knew every moment I give to it will be worth my while.”

Physical Preparation For Baahubali

About the physical preparation for the role Prabhas confided, “For six months I was only doing physical preparation. I learnt rock climbing for the romantic song, kickboxing, horse-riding, sword-fighting…everything. I also had to change my physical appearance. Before Baahubali I was really thin. Every morning and evening I worked out to gain a lot of muscle. I had to bulk up. A thin warrior was not acceptable to my director or to the audience. I had to look larger than life, like someone who could kill. I specially worked on my arm muscles since Baahubali is supposed to be most powerful in his arms. I was training for almost three hours every day for six months before shooting started. Once the shooting started there was no time. I’d wake up at 5 pm to get ready for a 7 AM shoot and we’d go on shooting till 10 pm. I had to learn a whole new way of living to play the role. I had to play two different characters of the prince and the warrior. I tried to bring in two different body languages for the roles. They are born and brought up differently and I had to play them accordingly.”

It's Important To See Baahubali Become A Big Success

During the shooting Prabhas hardly got to meet his family. “Luckily, we were shooting in Hyderabad most of the time. But still it was a good two hours away from home, so I didn’t get to go home much during shooting. But in-between schedules we’d get 4-5 days off. That’s when I went home.”
Speaking of his family Prabhas had confided, “My uncle was a big star in Telugu cinema 30 years ago. And my father was a film producer. I am not yet married. I hear the girls in Andhra and Tamil Nadu have liked me in Baahubali. In North India also people have liked me. I hope it becomes bigger as time grows by.”
About the ‘teenon Khan pareshan’ cartoon that came after the success of Baahubali, Prabhas protested. “That’s not my aim. I’ve no plans for Hindi films. To me it’s important to see Baahubali become a big success. After that, if I get good Hindi films, why not? After all the Hindi film industry is the biggest film industry in India.”

Cameo In Prabhudheva’s Action Jackson

Incidentally before Baahubali Prabhas had done a small cameo in Prabhudheva’s Action Jackson. “I know him for ten years and there was no question of refusing him. I featured in a song in a pub with Sonakshi Sinha. Can you speak Hindi? I started my career with Eeshwar. My third film was a hit. Before Baahubali I did a film called Mirchi which did very well Luckily, I have Part 2 of Baahubali coming up right after Baahubali. Otherwise, I’d have been really scared for both of us, Rajamouli and me. I think Baahubali is a film that I will be remembered by. It’s all my friend Rajamouli’s hard work. We knew it would probably be a success in Telugu, but not so big. As for the other languages, we had no clue this was going to happen. The response to the film has been surprising. We are very happy.”
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