'Baahubali' set turned into tourist attraction at Ramoji Film City
For all those who were awed by the majestic entrance to the palace of Mahishmati or by the architecture of the Kunthala kingdom, you can now be a part of the world of Baahubali.
The lavish sets of SS Rajamouli's blockbuster franchise have now been turned into a tourist attraction at Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad. Sprawled over 100 acres of land, the spot has been opened for the public to get a first-hand experience of the grandeur of the sets.
The sets of Baahubali that have been opened to tourists
An official of Ramoji Film City tells mid-day, "A cumulative of over R60 crore was spent on creating the sets of the film over two parts. Besides the set, some props too 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."
With larger-than-life sets designed by National Award winner Sabu Cyril, the two films had won much acclaim for its production design. "In Bahubali: The Beginning, you got to see mainly the outer part of the kingdom, but the real Mahishmati was unravelled in Baahubali: The Conclusion. The pre-production team had made 1500 sketches, in view of which the film was later shot," the official adds.
The packages on offer include a general tour priced at R1250 and premier tours priced at R2400. There are special packages for corporate entities, schools and colleges.
The film's producer Shobu Yarlagadda is elated by the response to the idea. "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!"
On being probed if the producers are charging a share of the money made from the tours, he says, "We work with Ramoji on a regular basis. There need not be a monetary arrangement between us. Our relationship goes beyond that."
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