Baahubali: What powered Bhallaladeva’s revolving blade chariot? A Royal Enfield engine
A week after release of the grand Indian blockbuster Baahubali: The Conclusion, we know almost every detail that excited us, for no personal gain whatsoever: its budget of Rs 250 crore, its post-release rampage at the box-office, that Rana Daggubatti is blind in one eye, and also where Prabhas, the Baahubali, is vacationing these days.
So just when you thought there’s nothing left to know, here’s one more for you.
Do you know what powered Bhallaladeva’s battlefield chariot which had that revolving blade at the front?
It was a Royal Enfield engine, tells Baahubali’s production designer Sabu Cyril.
“Bhallala Deva’s chariot was built around a Royal Enfield engine so that it would get the power and speed it required. We had done the same in the first part as well,” Cyril was quoted as saying by Manorama Online.
“The chariot also had proper car steering and a driver. We had great fun designing and making it,” the 55-year-old designer said.
Cyril was part of both the films and created everything from the Mahismathi kingdom’s walls to the giant elephants and even the thousands of shields used by warriors.
What more? He created Devasena’s palace at an aluminium factory in Hyderabad. “We felt it needed to look feminine and that’s why we chose a white marble palace. It was made on four acres at an aluminium factory in Hyderabad,” he said.
The swords of the soldiers had to look strong like steel but be light and convenient. Cyril had said he used carbon fibre, the material used to make race cars and chopper blades, to make the swords and other arms used in the movie.
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