Just recently we reported that Baahubali will be turned into a web-series. The two part series film featuring Prabhas, Anushka Shetty, Rana Daggubati, Satyaraj and Ramya Krishnan amongst others created history in Indian cinema. Now a spin-off of sorts will release on Netflix soon titled Baahubali – Before The Beginning which is expected to showcase the journey of Sivagami that was essayed by Ramya Krishnan in the SS Rajamouli directorial.
In a recent statement released by Netflix, it has been asserted that two seasons has been finalized of Baahubali: Before the Beginning. “Season one of the series will comprise nine episodes and is based on Anand Neelakantan’s book, The Rise of Sivagami. This (prequel) series captures Queen Sivagami’s journey from a rebellious and vengeful girl to a wise and unequalled queen. Power, politics and intrigue find themselves juxtaposed against the rise of Mahishmati – from being a city-state to an empire. This is the rich backdrop and drama where the Baahubali franchise is set. The series promises to build on the incredible narrative style of the franchise – including its high production values, spectacular visuals and connective-epic story-telling,” read the statement.
Netflix has partnered with the Baahubali team, including Arka Media Works and SS Rajamouli. Deva Katta and Praveen Sataru will together direct the series.
Filmmaker SS Rajamouli said, “The World of Baahubali is extensive and immersive with strong characters and larger than life kingdoms. The films Baahubali -The Beginning and The Conclusion, are from one story set in this world and more dramatic stories were broadly conceived while building the Universe. The Baahubali Series, a prequel to the films, is one such story. 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 story-teller.”
Prasad Devineni from Arka Media Works, said “We have been working for over a year now in developing this story, a prequel to the films 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.”
Erik Barmack, VP, International Originals, Netflix, said, “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.”
Here’s a sneak peek into the teaser of the Netflix series, Baahubali: Before The Beginning: