Netflix to feature ‘Baahubali’ prequel
Season one will trace Sivagami’s growth from a rebellious girl to a wise queen.
Fans of Baahubali can revisit the world of Mahishmati in a new Netflix series that will explore the journey of the character of Sivagami, in a prequel to S.S. Rajamouli’s two-part blockbuster.
The series, which was announced by Netflix on Thursday, has already been given a two-season order.
Baahubali: Before the Beginning is based on Anand Neelakantan’s book, The Rise of Sivagami.
Season one of the series will have nine episodes and captures Sivagami’s journey from a rebellious girl to a wise queen. Netflix has teamed up with the team behind Baahubali, including Arka Media Works and Mr. Rajamouli. Deva Katta and Praveen Sataru will co-direct the series.
Rich and riveting
Mr. Rajamouli said, “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 storyteller.”
According to a synopsis provided by the streaming giant, “Power, politics and intrigue find themselves juxtaposed against the rise of Mahishmati — from being a city-state to an empire.”
Erik Barmack, vice-president, International Originals, Netflix, said, “Baahubali is a world-class franchise that epitomizes the power of compelling stories that resonate globally.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 the official description from Netflix:
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.
Baahubali: Before the Beginning will be the second television venture – after Amazon’s animated series Baahubali: The Lost Legends last year – for the franchise, which got its start in 2015 with Baahubali: The Beginning. A sequel, Baahubali: The Conclusion followed in 2017. Put together, the two films have garnered over Rs. 24 billion in global ticket sales.
“Baahubali is a world-class franchise that epitomizes the power of compelling stories that resonate globally,” Erik Barmack, Netflix’s VP for international originals said. “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.”
“We have been working for over a year now in developing this story, a prequel to the films as an Netflix original series,” Prasad Devineni, Arka Media Works producer added. “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.”