“We stopped Rajamouli from doing Baahubali as a single film”

Producer Shobu Yarlagadda of Arka Media Works has revealed that ace filmmaker SS Rajamouli was initially planning to make Baahubali as a single film in three hours.

Speaking at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, Shobu said, “The problem was the length – it couldn’t fit into three hours. We weren’t sure to let go of the story. “That’s why we thought to do it as a two-part film. Rajamouli wanted to go back and try to accommodate it in a three-hour single film, but we stopped him from doing so.”

I had confidence in Rajamouli. The challenge was the timeline and to stick to the budget. But we did surpass our deadline and budget. It started as a Rs 120 crore project and then it went further. We always knew the film had to be pan-India. It did get a North Indian release but it wasn’t justified I believe,” he added.

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