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I am a fantastic storyteller and Indian mythology is in my blood: Baahubali’s SS Rajamouli

SS Rajamouli, who became a household name in India thanks to the Baahubali series, believes that a good story forms 80% of a film, while cinematography would account for 20%.

regional movies Updated: Sep 24, 2017 11:39 IST
Press Trust of India, Mangaluru
SS Rajamouli,Baahubali series,Manipal Institute of Technology
SS Rajamouli is a Hyderabad-based Indian film director known for blockbusters such as Baahubali, Magadheera and Eega.(ssrajamouli/Twitter)

Filmmaker SS Rajamouli, whose Baahubali series had won over crowds of audience across the world, says he feels he is a better storyteller than a director. “I am a fantastic storyteller. I narrate the character in the best way to my actors and they get interested in it. I also ask them how the character would react to a particular situation,” he said.

Interacting with students of the Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) held as part of their diamond jubilee lecture series at Manipal yesterday, he said mythology was in his blood.

He had grown up reading Balaramayana, Amar Chitra Katha comics and books on kings which were available in Telugu, he said.

The director said the character he liked the most in Mahabharata was that of Karna.

“I used to get goose bumps and tears in my eyes reading his story,” he said. To a question, he said story and screenplay were more important than cinematography in a film.

The importance of story in a movie would come around 80% and cinematography 20% , he said. With his experience, Rajamouli said he could now decide which actor should be doing the role of a particular character. Earlier, he used to select actors after doing the script.

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First Published: Sep 24, 2017 11:37 IST