Prabhas, Rana, Tamanna, Anushka, Tamanna’s ‘Baahubali’ directed by Rajamouli is shaking box- office by creating new records. Movie lovers and analysts are talking about the film’s VFX and intense war scenes.
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Sabu Cyril, award winning art director on designing weapons and war scenes said, "We used carbon fibre that’s used to manufacture helicopter blades”. On director Rajamouli, he said, “He came to Bombay and narrated the story. I knew it was a period film with a fictitious kingdom. I understood the scale of the film he had envisioned when he showed me an image of a gigantic waterfall on Photoshop,”
On waterfall set which became the talking point, he said, “We recreated eight portions of steep rocks, 45 feet high, and water was continuously pumped and recycled from a tank while shooting scenes where Prabhas is climbing the rocks. All this has been enhanced using computer generated graphics (CGI). This is the first time I’ve been so impressed with CGI,”
About Baahubali shooting he said “We were making something or the other until we finished shooting,” He revealed “When you know you’re recreating, say, the Kalinga period, you know where to look for reference for architecture, clothing and weapons. Mahishmati is a powerful kingdom in a period before the use of gun powder,”
About designing weapons, Cyril revealed “We used embossed pieces of brass and granite. The detailing is visible on the throne and the single stone carved chairs in the palace,” He added that he took references to Ajantha and Ellora and also Mahabalipuram temples from Palalva Era.
On designing 10000 swords, armours and weapons, he remarked “I felt I was in a factory,” He said, “Rajamouli was sure of what he wanted and that helped us push ourselves further. The balance of the sword had to be right, the huge log that the Kalakeya tribe uses on Mahishmati warriors had to look heavy but shouldn’t be too heavy to handle for the actors,”
He said, there were influences of Rajput, Greek and Roman referencfes. He said, “This must have been the first time an art department employed cranes. We were creating huge things.” He signed off saying, “I’ll get bored taking up a project that anyone can do. I like challenges. I could have worked in six to eight films in the time I worked on ‘Baahubali’ but this is an once-in-a-lifetime project. When I look back, I’ll be glad,”