The hard work of about thousands of people involved in the cult classic Bahubali, a film that has created a special place in the history of Indian cinema for reasons more than one.
Owing to the 5 years of hard work that Prabhas has put in for the Bahubali series, director SS Rajamouli has gifted him the iconic armor. SS Rajamouli has been of the opinion that Bahubali has reached the heights due to the undivided dedication by Prabhas, the director believes no other actor could have shown the level of commitment to the film, the way Prabhas did.
“Show me one actor who can spend more than three years on a character he believes in. Prabhas and I became very close after we worked together for the first time in Chatrapathi, and we used to spend a lot of time together. Thank you Prabhas for being my friend,” he said, adding, “I can’t think of anyone else for Bahubali but Prabhas.” said SS Rajamouli
“When I decided to make the film on such a grand scale, I knew the kind of commitment was needed for this canvas. Even before I discussed the story with Prabhas, he was already in it.”
Prabhas spend almost 600 days shooting for Baahubali, and turned down several lucrative film offers during the five years that spanned the film. He went above and beyond the call of duty, undergoing startling weight transformations for his dual characters – Darling bulked up to 105 kg from his original body weight of 82 kg for the part of Amarendra Baahubali and then, dropped to 88 kg for the part of Shivdu aka Mahendra Baahubali. What’s more, he sustained his look and body transformations through the entire period the film took to complete – even when he wasn’t shooting for it.