SS Rajamouli's much-anticipated war epic Baahubali 2: The Conclusion seemed to have got even bigger when it was reported that Shah Rukh Khan has been roped in to play a cameo in the film after the success of Rahul Dholakia's crime drama Raees.
Hindustan Times reported that the makers have signed Khan for a special appearance in the sequel to Baahubali: The Beginning.
Now, the makers of Baahubali have clarified, through a tweet, that though they would have loved to have Khan on board but the news of him joining the star cast of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is merely a rumour.
They denied the news with a clear 'Not true', much to the dismay of Khan's fans who would have had another reason to catch the long-awaited war epic in the theatres.
Khan has given various memorable cameos in the past, such as in Shaad Ali's 2002 romantic film Saathiya, Raj Kanwar's 2010 romantic drama Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega, Sajid Khan's 2007 directorial debut Heyy Babyy, Zoya Akhtar's directorial debut Luck By Chance, the Bhoothnath franchise and Karan Johar's romantic drama from last year, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
— Baahubali (@BaahubaliMovie) February 14, 2017
Mumbai Mirror reported that the makers of Baahubali were looking for an established superstar from another language to play the role of the mediator between Prabhas and Rana Dagubatti's characters. They initially approached Tamil superstar Suriya followed by Malayalam stalwart Mohanlal but eventually chose to go ahead with Khan, probably to enhance its pan-Indian appeal.
Interestingly, Khan's good friend Karan Johar foresaw Baahubali: The Beginning as a pan-Indian film and therefore, offered to present it in North India under his banner Dharma Productions. His association with Baahubali continues in the sequel as well.
Baahubali: The Conclusion also stars Tamannaah Bhatia and Anushka Shetty. It is slated to release on 28 April.
Published Date: Feb 14, 2017 10:40 am | Updated Date: Feb 14, 2017 04:55 pm