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Article by James Marsh, Asian Editor, Twitchfilm.com.
Last week, the good people of Arka Media Works invited me down to Hyderabad in South India, the home of Telugu Cinema, to visit Ramoji Film City and the set of their long-awaited medieval epic, Baahubali.
The film, which stars "Young Rebel" Prabhas, Anushka Shetty and Rana Daggubati, is directed by S.S. Rajamouli, who should be well-known around these parts as the man responsible for the epic fly action spectacular Eega, which took audiences around the world by storm a couple of years ago.
Set to be released in two parts, and being filmed simultaneously in both Telugu and Tamil, Baahubali is set to be the most expensive Indian movie ever made, but anticipation for its release is so great it is almost guaranteed to be a monster hit. The first part, Baahubali: The Beginning, will be unleashed on audiences across India and NRI strongholds in July, with the second half likely to be released in the first half of 2016.
Over the next few days we will be publishing some juicy tidbits I gathered during my trip, including an interview with Rajamouli himself, as well as other key members of the crew. Firstly, however, I just wanted to give you a little look at one of the major sets for the film that I was allowed to visit and photograph, as well as one of the major property storage rooms.
As you can see, a lot of the medieval landscape is being rendered digitally during the film's extensive post-production period, but the practical sets were more than capable of conveying the incredible scale of the production. Check them out below:
CLICK HERE FOR SET 2