Birthday Special: Did you know these less known facts about Baahubali director SS Rajamouli?
A man who made the whole country proud on international grounds, filmmaker SS Rajamouli celebrates his 47th birthday today.
It is not an everyday phenomenon when one man makes an entire country stop and stare. SS Rajamouli is the one we count on to do something like it. Time and time again, the filmmaker has proved that his path only goes a step above with time. From Eega to Baahubali, the filmmaker has given birth to some of the most incredible films, brought to light some amazing talents and has also inspired generations to come. Today, this man celebrates his 47th birthday and here are some facts that most people wouldn’t know about him.
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This great filmmaker was born as Koduri Srisaila Sri Rajamouli in the Raichur district of Karnataka, in 1973. He is the son of noted script-writer, K V Vijayendra Prasad. Apart from helping Rajamouli in making the Baahubali franchise extraordinary, he also wrote for Salman Khan‘s Bajrangi Bhaijaan.
The filmmaker started his career by assisting the legendary filmmaker, K Raghavendra Rao. He calls this legendary filmmaker his mentor. Apart from directing daily soaps for Telugu channels, he also worked on a show produced under K Raghavendra Rao’s banner.
In 2001, Rajamouli lept to the big screens as a filmmaker. His debut film is the iconic Student No. 1, which continues to be a mass favourite today. The film worked as a founding ground for him as well as for Jr NTR. Since 2001, the filmmaker has made only a handful of films. But none of them tanked at the box office. This a record that only one other filmmaker has managed to achieve, other than Rajamouli.
Baahubali: The Beginning, Magadheera and Eega are three of the highest-grossing films in the Telugu film industry. These films have also been ones to garner international recognition and several awards. The first film in Baahubali franchise along with Nani‘s Eega brought Rajamouli the esteemed National Award for the Best Feature Film, in 2012 and 2015 respectively. In 2016, the filmmaker was honoured with India’s fourth-highest civilian honour, the Padma Shri.
Rajamouli appeared as a spirit-seller in the first Baahubali film for a few seconds. But he was barely recognisable in his changed avatar.
The filmmaker is in awe of Indian epics and aims to recreate the Mahabharata on the big screen, in a grandeur that is yet to be achieved. He believes that it would take him nearly ten years to bring his imagination to reality.
His fascination for reincarnation was born while watching Rakesh Roshan‘s Karan Arjun, starring Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan. In an interview, he described his experience as, “For the first time I openly laughed and wept during a film. Earlier I was very reserved about my emotions. Karan Arjun opened up my emotions.”
Malayalam superstar, Mohanlal is Rajamouli’s favourite actor. He tried to sign him for a mythological film soon after the release of his debut film. However, it couldn’t materialise. Maybe, one day we will witness two massive artists joining hands on something even more massive.
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