Baahubali garnered such acclaim across the globe that expectations have risen further for Baahubali 2, which is currently under production. For its art director Sabu Cyril, who has worked on the original, and is busy designing sets for the next part, both projects seem integrated as one. The man has moved to Hyderabad ever since he started work on the first part two years ago. In an exclusive chat, the creative genius gives a glimpse of the making of Baahubali and Baahubali – The Conclusion.
Everyday around 300 to 500 of Sabu’s workmen are working on the sets of Baahubali 2. From painters and carpenters to moulders, wielders, construction workers and artists, the members of his team have been working continually ever since he signed on for the original. “Baahubali is undoubtedly the biggest film of my career. It’s like working in 10 films at the same time. It’s one of the most challenging films for me, being a period film and war drama involving such huge sets, characters, warriors, jungles, animals and royalty. But I am enjoying the challenge and have learnt the equivalent of another 10 years of work while working on part 1 and 2,” reveals the National Award-winning art director. So much was the work involved that he had to give up several offers including Shankar’s 2.0 starring Rajinikanth.
“There are dozens of products being used. I’ll try to name a few for you. For instance we are doing 3D printing in both parts of the film. Then I have used Carbon Fibre for the first time. This is a material that is used in helicopter blades. It’s lightweight but strong as steel. Then there is Integrated Rubber Foam which is normally seen on gym machines and cycle bars. I have used it to make menacing looking weapons which don’t hurt the actors, are soft to use but look strong. We use it for chains, helmets, rocks and boulders and war sequences. In fact, the Shivlinga the hero carried on his shoulder was made of this. We made 5 different Shivalingas to be used in different sequences of the film.”
Wow, from looks of it, Baahubali 2 is going to be way bigger and better than Baahubali! The period war drama is directed by SS Rajamouli and stars Prabhas, Rana Daggubtai, Tamannaah Bhati, Anushka Shetty. The movie is all set to release in April 2017.
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