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Mrunal Thakur, Rahul Bose announced as leads of Netflix’s Baahubali prequel series, more details teased

After the success of the magnum opus Baahubali: Before the Beginning, Netflix has announced the cast of the upcoming spin-off series titled Baahubali: Before the Beginning.

tv Updated: Nov 11, 2018 12:44 IST
Rohan Naahar
Rohan Naahar
Hindustan Times
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Mrunal Thakur speaks during a panel on day two of the Netflix See What's Next: Asia event at the Marina Bay Sands on November 9, 2018 in Singapore. (Netflix)

Netflix on Friday announced the cast of the upcoming spin-off series based on SS Rajamouli’s epic film series, titled Baahubali: Before the Beginning. The show will star Mrunal Thakur (who plays the lead, Sivagami), Rahul Bose as Skandadasa, Atul Kulkarni, Vaquar Shaikh, Jameel Khan, Siddharth Arora and Anup Soni.

The announcement was made at Netflix’s See What Next event in Asia, in the presence of Deva Katta (director), Prasad Devineni (producer) and Praveen Sattaru (director).

“I knew I wanted to play Sivagami because she’s a strong girl,” said Mrunal, who recently appeared in Tabrez Noorani’s Love, Sonia. “I don’t know if I’ll ever be a hero in real life, but this gave me the opportunity to play one on screen,” she said. “I have played a victim in the past, but this character is something else. She is so confident, fierce and I’m so fortunate.”

“It’s a prequel to both films,” said producer Prasad Devineni about the show. “It will take fans into the backstories of the characters from the films, and we’ll also be introducing new characters.” He said that the show will be set 50 years before the events of the first film.

Netflix content executive Simran Sethi, Deva Katta, Praveen Sattaru, Mrunal Thakur and Prasad Devineni speak during a panel on day two of the Netflix See What's Next: Asia event at the Marina Bay Sands on November 9, 2018 in Singapore. ( Netflix )

The series will explore life on the streets of the fictional city of Mahishmati. “The aim is to please the Baahubali fanbase and the huge audience Netflix has across the world,” said Prasad.

Prasad revealed that the epic finale action sequence in the series has been shot by Rajamouli. “To work with him was a delight,” said Thakur. “The sets are massive, it’s a costume drama and I’m very excited about the journey of Sivagami and her flaws,” she said.

“We grew up watching a lot of Hollywood films by a lot of auteurs and that gave us our start,” said Katta. “It’s about making it more experiential, that’s the vision of the story.”

Sattaru teased that this won’t be a south Indian series or a north Indian series, but one that caters to a global audience. “Well, this is the beginning so those who haven’t seen the movies aren’t missing anything,” said Prasad, expressing hope that the series will win new fans, who will want to discover the movies after watching the show.

“It’s an epic human drama,” said Katta, “we have to make it engaging from frame one, and that’s how we’ll be able to win a new audience.”

The Baahubali series is expected to be released in 2019.

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First Published: Nov 09, 2018 09:18 IST