Are you a Baahubali fan? Then here’s a chance for you to enter the mythical kingdoms, Mahishmathi and Kunthala. The sets from SS Rajamouli's epic blockbuster franchise in Hyderabad is now a tourist attraction. So, tourists visiting the world’s largest film studio complex can take a behind-the-scenes tour to go deeper into the life of Bhallaladeva and BaahubaliR in Hyderabad has cautiously preserved the 100 acres set, which was reportedly built on a budget of Rs 60 crore. Tickets for a walk around the majestic sets are priced at Rs 1,250 for a general tour and Rs 2,349 for a premium tour.
Mid-Day quotes an official as saying, "A cumulative of over Rs 60 crore was spent on creating the sets of the films. Besides the sets, some props to have been retained for visitors to see. We have many film students, cinema lovers, and even general public visiting us. At the moment, it's the spot that is attracting maximum tourists for us."
Baahubali producer Shobu Yarlagadda went on to add that the initial idea was put forth by Ramoji Film City itself. "The officials at Ramoji approached us with the idea and we were happy to oblige. It took us months to create the set and we were anyway planning to retain the set for later use. What better than to feel that we've created something for posterity. We work with Ramoji on a regular basis. There need not be a monetary arrangement between us. Our relationship goes beyond that," said Yarlagadda, according to an NDTV report.
These sets of Baahubali were made by National Award winning art director, Sabu Cyril. The sets will also showcase some props that were used in the movies. However, the production team of Baahubali is not taking any money from Ramoji Film City for this. Students and corporate offices can also make bookings for special packages.
Both parts of SS Rajamouli's magnum opus, Baahubali: The Beginning and Baahubali: The Conclusion, starring Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty and Tamannaah Bhatia, shattered box office records at both the domestic and international level. The second film, in fact, crossed Rs 1500 crores worldwide. The franchise changed the face of Telugu cinema, globally.
SS Rajamouli's ambitious series of Baahubali movies have been produced by Arka Media Works’ on a humongous budget of Rs. 150 crores. Baahubali: The Beginning released in 2015 while The Conclusion arrived in theatres this year. Baahubali released in various languages including Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Hindi. The film has won several awards including the 63rd National Film Awards for Best Feature Film.We can hardly control our imaginations. Are you ready to experience the world of Mahishmati in reality?