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Netflix announces prequel to the blockbuster Baahubali series

by Vibhuti Gupta, Friday, August 03, 2018

After the major major success of Anurag Kashyap's Sacred Games, Netflix has announced some good news for the Baahubali fans! Apparently, Netflix will create a new series that will explore the journey of Sivagami in a prequel to the SS Rajamouli’s two-part blockbuster.

Netflix has announced two seasons of the series!

Baahubali: Before the Beginning”, will be a prequel to “Baahubali: the Beginning” and “Baahubali: the Conclusion”, and is based on Anand Neelakantan’s book, “The Rise of Sivagami”.

The first season of the series will consist of nine episodes and will capture the rebellious and vengeful Sivagami's journey to a wise and unequaled queen. The team of the series includes the people behind the massive movie, Arka Media Works and Rajamouli. Deva Katta and Praveen Sataru will co-direct the series.

“I am very excited that this is being adapted as a Netflix Original Series. With Netflix as our partner, we have the opportunity to create a rich and riveting series and take this quintessential Indian epic to the world, which is very gratifying to me as a storyteller,” Rajamouli said in a statement.

According to a synopsis provided by the streaming giant, “Power, politics and intrigue find themselves juxtaposed against the rise of Mahishmati – from being a city-state to an empire.” Rajamouli said the world of “Baahubali” is extensive and immersive with strong characters and larger than life kingdoms and while they explored a part of it in the two films, there are other more dramatic stories to explore."

“Baahubali is a world-class franchise that epitomizes the power of compelling stories that resonate globally. We are excited to work with some of the world’s most talented writers and producers on one of India’s most beloved stories. The series is a tremendous opportunity for us to give audiences more of the universe that they have come to love, and welcome millions more into the global Baahubali fandom," Erik Barmack, VP, International Originals, Netflix, said.

Prasad Devineni, Producer, Arka Media Works, said that they have been working for over a year to develop the prequel as a Netflix original series. “We are happy to be partnering with Netflix to produce this amazing story. This partnership gives us the reach and the creative freedom to bring to life the full potential of the series in all its grandeur and exceed the high expectations set by both our films,” he added.

On a related note, after the great positive response of Sacred Games, the streaming service is actively looking to expand its base in the country with original content. It recently announced collaboration with Shah Rukh Khan for a spy drama The Bard of Blood, starring Emraan Hashmi. It is an adaptation of Bilal Siddiqi’s book of the same name.

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