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S S Rajamouli: I would love to direct a Bollywood film

Telegu filmmaker S S Rajamouli says directing a Hindi movie definitely features in his wish list as the reach of Bollywood films are unmatched.

S S Rajamouli
S S Rajamouli

The 41-year-old director, who is gearing up for the release of his magnum opus "Baahubali", said at present he cannot think of making a Hindi movie as the upcoming two-part war film is keeping him very busy.

"I always wanted to make a Hindi film. I would be lying if I say that I am okay with just making Telegu films because as a filmmaker you want your story to be told to a large number of audience.

"By definition Hindi films have large viewer base. But at present and for the past three years, or the next one year, I am going to be engrossed in 'Baahubali'. I can't even think of anything else," Rajamouli told PTI in an interview.

"Baahubali" being touted as India's best motion picture will hit theatres this Friday.

Rajamouli said he is very proud of the film, which has been in the making for the past three years, and is looking forward to seeing the the reaction of the audience.

"We knew from the beginning that it is going to be a big film. With just two days to go for the release of the film, not just me but all the unit members have a sense of pride that we have been able to do it. Of course, we are awaiting the verdict of the audience," said the director, who has made blockbuster films like "Magadheera" and "Eega".

"Baahubali" has been simultaneously made in Telugu and Tamil and also dubbed in Hindi and Malayalam. Rajamouli said the reason they decided to take the film pan India because the story of the movie is primarily about human relationships, which is a very universal subject.

"You cannot take every film pan India, you have to know what is there that makes a film watchable for the whole country. There are visuals, grandeur in our movie but all that is the icing, at the bottom of it we have very strong characterisations, the story is based on human relations and emotions," Rajamouli said.

"All that is universal. My producer Shobu (Yarlagadda) said this is not a regional film, it is an Indian movie. And as an Indian film we have to market it nationally," he added.

"Baahubali" stars Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah and Anushka Shetty in the lead roles besides Ramya Krishnan, Sathyaraj, Nassar, Adivi Sesh, Tanikella Bharani and Sudeep.

Talking about the cast, Rajamouli said, "All the characters in the film are played by the same actors who we thought about while writing the film."

Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar has come on board as the presenter of the Hindi version of "Baahubali". Rajamouli said his collaboration with Johar may seem unconventional to many but both of them share the same passion for films.

"We were almost half-way through the film and we knew to take it to the all India level we needed a proper presentation. Of course Karan Johar's sensibilities are entirely different from mine but I think we share the same passion for films in general, even though we make different kinds of films," Rajamouli said.

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