Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 27: When it comes to Kerala, film makers are an excited lot. The picturesque locations that dot the state are many and most of them have been captured on celluloid by film makers of different regions.
It is this charm that dragged Bahubali director S S Rajamouli too when he decided to shoot his magnum opus partly in Kerala. In a interaction with the media in Thiruvananthapuram, Rajamouli did not hide his love for Kerala when he said God’s own country is sculptured in such a way that it is beautiful from every corner.
“The best thing about Kerala is that we need not wander more for locations. It is a filmmaker’s paradise,” he pointed out.
“When the story of Baahubali came to my mind, I wanted to capture the ferocity and hugeness of Athirapally as against the placidity and calmness that is exploited most in the movies shot here,” said the director.
Rajamouli reminisced that his stint with Kerala dates back to the 1980s when he came to Sabarimala from Chennai. He had fallen in love with the greenery then. It is this love for the green pastures that made him shoot his three movies— Simhadri, Sai and Baahubali — in Thiruvananthapuram, Munnar and Athirapally, respectively.
On the nomination of the Telugu version of Baahubali for the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards, he said he was not interested in awards. “I don’t see any value for them,” he quipped. “I do not attend any award functions. However, I will be extremely happy if my technicians or people associated with the film an award. It will be a motivation for them,” he said.