Netflix announces Mrunal Thakur and Rahul Bose as leads of Netflix prequel series

Netflix announced the cast of the prequel series based on SS Rajamouli’s film, Baahubali titled ‘Baahubali: Before the Beginning’ and playing the lead roles are Mrunal Thakur and Rahul Bose.

Mrunal Thakur will play Sivagami and Rahul Bose plays the role of Skandadasa. The cast also includes Atul Kulkarni, Vaquar Shaikh, Jameel Khan, Siddharth Arora and Anup Soni.

The announcement was made at Netflix’s See What Next event in Asia, in the presence of Deva Katta (director), Prasad Devineni (producer) and Praveen Sattaru (director).

Mrunal Thakur talking about the role in the series said, “I knew I wanted to play Sivagami because she’s a strong girl. I don’t know if I’ll ever be a hero in real life, but this gave me the opportunity to play one on screen. “I have played a victim in the past, but this character is something else. She is so confident, fierce and I’m so fortunate.”

Mrunal rose to fame from the serial Kumkum Bhagya, and recently appeared in Tabraz Noorani’s film love Sonia also starring, Freda Pinto and Richa Chaddha. She will soon be seen opposite Hrithik Roshan in the movie Super 30.

“It’s a prequel to both films,” said producer Prasad Devineni. “It will take fans into the backstories of the characters from the films, and we’ll also be introducing new characters.” He said that the film will be set 50 years before the events of the first film.

The series will explore life on the streets of the fictional city of Mahishmati. “The aim is to please the Baahubali fanbase and the huge audience Netflix has across the world,” said Prasad.

Prasad revealed that the epic finale action sequence in the series has been shot by Rajamouli. “To work with him was a delight,” said Thakur. “The sets are massive, it’s a costume drama and I’m very excited about the journey of Sivagami and her flaws,” she said.

“We grew up watching a lot of Hollywood films by a lot of auteurs and that gave us our start,” said Katta. “It’s about making it more experiential, that’s the vision of the story.”

Sattaru teased that this won’t be a south Indian series or a north Indian series, but one that caters to a global audience. “Well, this is the beginning so those who haven’t seen the movies aren’t missing anything,” said Prasad, expressing hope that the series will win new fans, who will want to discover the movies after watching the show.

“It’s an epic human drama,” said Katta, “we have to make it engaging from frame one, and that’s how we’ll be able to win a new audience.”

The Baahubali series is expected to be released in 2019.

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