The historic epic of Telugu history “Bahubali” about two brothers fighting for throne has made waves all over the country much before its release next week as its director S.S.Rajamouli has ventured into Rs.250-crore unprecedented budget hoping for certain that it would reap hundreds of crores and repeat his magnum opus “Magadheera” collections once again.
Made simultaneously in Telugu and Tamil, the film has created waves more in Tamil Nadu and Bollywood than in Telugu, though its success in Telugu is taken for granted owing to Rajamouli’s finesse in making such huge budget films. For the first time, the film created pre-release brouhaha in Tamil paralleled with only Rajini or Kamal Haasan films.
Notably, the film was shot in more than 6 locations across the country with foreign technicians working on computer graphics and years of research going into every tiny aspect of dress, surroundings, locations and settings. As part of bringing more updates, here is the first part of making the extravganza based on locations below:
Locations of ‘Bahubali’ Shooting:
Hyderabad-based Ramoji Film City is where most of the film’s war scenes were recreated in a huge setting, sepcially erected for the film. A massive set was erected resembling the city center of the kingdom displaying the grandeur of the rulers of those days. In fact, constructing the settings took more than a year. The film shooting for war scenes was shot here from 28 March 2014 to 5 April 2014, both during the day and night covering some of the most important scenes. Again shooting resumed on 20 April, 2014 for over a month until the end of May, 2014, with brief disruptions due to rains.
Rana Daggubati and Anushka, Prbhas and Tamannah were the key actors who frequented the Ramoji Film City and the shooting went on till June 2014 end. When rains frequently disrupted and destroyed the maize field in Hyderabad, the crew flew off to Bulgaria in October to shoot some some scenes on maize fields there. In addition, some scenes were shot at Golconda fort in Hyderabad while Annapurna Studios in the city too was used for some key scenes in the film.
Apart from Hyderabad, Kurnool Rock Gardens formed a crucial setting for the film’s shooting that was carried out in the very first schedule of the film prior to Hyderabad, where 30,000 people gathered for the shooting making it uncontrollable and finally all of them became part of the film shouting “Jai Bahubali” and the scene was used as the titles roll up at the end.
Athirappilly Falls, Kerala:
The next major spot for the filming was in Kerala where the schedule lasted from November 2013 to December 2013 in several locations from Athirappilly Falls in Thrissur district but the planned war sequences were disrupted due to rains forcing the team to retreat to Hyderabad for a studio-based war sequence.
A hill station located in the Western Ghats that served as the summer capital of Bombay for the British Raj, Mahabaleshwar served as a location where shooting was done bracing the extreme climatic conditions of fog, rain and cold weather. From 26 August 2014, the cast and crew took two weeks to complete some exotic scenes required for the film.
When rains frequently disrupted shooting in maize fields and the Telugu film federation employees went on strike opposing non-federation assistants, the cast and crew flew to Bulgaria where vast fields of maize served the scenes with several natural surroundings helped recreate the scenes resembling the age-old original centuries-old scenes for the film. The shooting lasted for 25 days in Bulgaria.