Time and again, SS Rajamouli has explained how fascinated he is about the gigantic story of epic Mahabharata. Talking in a recent college event held in Chennai, he opened up about his most ambitious project.
“”I think I’ll need at least ten years of experience to start making Mahabharata and it will take a minimum of four parts to complete the story. Let’s talk about it practically. For Baahubali which needed to be made in two parts, Prabhas had to make himself available for three years. He shared my dream and dedicated himself to the project,” said Rajamouli.
“Now, we are talking about Mahabharata which is four parts and needs a minimum time frame of six years of filming. With characters like Krishna, Duryodhana, Bheema, Karna and many others to be cast for the film, can you imagine any star who would give dates for six years in his career? Practically, to dedicate oneself totally six years for a project is almost impossible for an established star.
If you need to create Mahabharata, you need to ‘create’ stars. You cannot do it with the existing stars. Most of you must have been familiar with the Game of Thrones series.
Except for one or two actors, did you know anyone from the cast at the beginning of the series? But, by the end of the second or third season, you would have known the names of almost all characters and fallen in love with them too.
Now, you wouldn’t want anyone else to play those roles, right? That’s how it needs to be done. We need to ‘create’ stars,” he added.