Even as we wait for part two of Baahubali to hit the theatres, there's something else for fans to enjoy, from the same franchise.
On Friday, 30 September, Amazon Prime Video announced a collaboration with filmmaker SS Rajamouli, Graphic India and Arka Mediaworks, for a new multi-episode animated series titled Baahubali: The Lost Legends.
The trailer for the series has been launched on the Amazon.in site.
“What we managed to showcase in the film was just the tip of the iceberg,” said director SS Rajamouli explaning why the animated series has been conceptualised. “From the minute I started working on this story, I knew the world of Baahubali can’t be encompassed into a film or two, simply because there’s so much more to tell and animation is another way to do that.”
Graphic India's Sharad Devarajan promised the new series would be filled with "political intrigue, betrayal, war, action and adventure" and would take audiences on "new adventures beyond the film, as we learn for the first time the events that shaped Baahubali from a young prince into a legendary hero".
Baahubali: The Lost Legends is set before the Kalakeya invasion depicted in the movie, when Baahubali and Bhallaladeva are still both young princes of Mahishmati. Two brothers competing to rule the greatest kingdom of its age and the epic adventures they must endure to prove they are worthy to one day wear the crown, form the crux of the new series. Under the watchful eye of Sivagami, and the warrior, Katappa, one shall rise to be king of the throne, while the other shall become king of the people.
The animated series will feature new stories about the characters from the film including Prince Baahubali, Bhallaladeva, Kattapa and Sivagami as well as introducing characters not part of the original film.
The series will follow the relationship between the two cousins as they journey across the kingdom of Mahishmati, uncovering hidden mysteries, stopping ancient terrors and defending their people from danger.
Meanwhile, the official logo of Baahubali: The Conclusion, the second and final part of the franchise, was released in Hyderabad on Friday.
The logo, with the tag line "Why Kattapa Killed Baahubali" was released by Rajamouli.
"We will wrap up the shoot by December. Some scenes and two songs are pending as of now. The film will release on 28 April 2017," Rajamouli told reporters.
The first look of Baahubali 2, according to Rajamouli, will be released on the eve of actor Prabhas's birthday on 22 October.
The film also stars Rana Daggubati, Sathyaraj, Tamannaah Bhatia and Ramya Krishnan.
— With IANS inputs