Acclaimed Telugu director SS Rajamouli’s passion for creating larger-than-life characters has always been evident in his films. Known for using high quality visual effects (VFX) in his movies (he even bagged the National Award for Best Special Effects for Magadheera, 2009, and Eega, 2012), the director is now looking forward to the release of his next, which is being touted as one of the most expensive Indian films of all time. Here, he talks to us about his love formythological characters, need for better VFX in films, and more.
What inspired you to make your upcoming film?
As a child, I was introduced to the Amar Chitra Katha comics by my father. Since then, I have been living in the world of larger-than-life characters. I have always loved mythologies, fantasies, historical events and folklore. I dabbled a little in these genres in my previous films too.
It’s an expensive film with a lot of VFX. How long did it take to complete the movie?
It took us one year to do the pre-production, and two more years for the shoot and post-production. So, all in all, the film was in the making for three years.
Why don’t more films in India use high quality VFX, even though some Indian VFX agencies are creating the same for Hollywood films?
For quality VFX, one needs a good understanding of the medium, and also a decent budget. When you have talented technicians, like I did, and a good producer to support you, you’ll see a good end result. And by the way, there are many Hollywood projects that have bad VFX too.
What are your expectations from the Hindi remake of Magadheera (2009)? Would you have liked to direct it?
I have no clue what’s happening with the project. I am not part of it. I spent two years making Magadheera. I don’t want to spend that amount of time again on the same story. I don’t like to make remakes of my films.
Do you think Shahid Kapoor, who is reportedly doing the film, fits the role?
I haven’t seen many of his films, but he is a good actor. I think he can carry it off well.
Why is it that despite great content, not many dubbed films from the different film industries in the south, have been able to set the cash registers ringing at thebox office?
I don’t know about others. But in the case of Makkhi (2012), I know it wasn’t showcased or publicised properly. With Karan Johar (film-maker, who is also presenting Rajamouli’s next) and Anil Thadani (distributor) on board, I am expecting my next to do well.
When will we see you cross over to Bollywood?
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