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EXCLUSIVE: Netflix does Baahubali: Before the Beginning; Company wrote off investment of Rs 150 crore

Following the success of Baahubali: The Beginning and Baahubali: The Conclusion, Netflix announced the prequel to the franchise, Baahubali: Before the Beginning, with SS Rajamouli. The series was meant to showcase the rise of Sivagami, the mother of Baahubali, and the makers had cast Mrunal Thakur to play the lead role with Deva Katta as the director. Later, Rahul Bose and Atul Kulkarni came on board to play two more important characters.

He shot the series over a period of 6 months on large scale sets built in Hyderabad with an estimated budget of over Rs 100 crore. Some more money was also invested in the post production process, however, after working long hours on editing for a year, the producers finally decided to postpone Deva Katta’s version and revamp it with a new cast. . “The entire amount invested in Baahubali: was put in the box before the launch as the team decided to revamp the series with a new director. Kunal Deshmukh and Ribhu Dasgupta had replaced Deva Katta and the preparatory work also started in July 2021.

However, it all stalled again at the end of 2021. “The ground work in terms of pre-production could not be exactly in line with the vision of this period drama from Netflix. After many discussions and contemplations, he decided to postpone the project for this time. Some of the extra money that was used for preparatory work is also treated as bad debt for now. About. The investment figure in Baahubali: Before the Beginning was Rs 150 crore. The team clearly felt that it is better to stop the project before shooting rather than invest Rs 200 crore on a substandard product.

“Baahubali is a cult today and they don’t want to risk interfering with something that has a prestigious status. They may revisit it, but this time, when the material on paper is strong enough to justify the legacy,” the source said. The revamped version was overseen by Bombay Fables, who was involved in the creative front. Earlier it was Swastik Productions. Mrunal Thakur had also opted out of the series with Vamika Gabbi signing on to play Sivagami. The buzz is, Nayanthara was also approached for an important role, but no one has any confirmation about it. The Baahubali franchise was helmed by Prabhas with Rana Daggubati as the antagonist.

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