'Baahubali' director SS Rajamouli to kick off a trilogy based on the 'Mahabharata'

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Taking a cue from Peter Jackson 's blockbuster trilogy, 'Lord of the Rings', which famously had all its three instalments shot simultaneously, and went on to win 17 Academy Awards, 'Baahubali' hitmaker SS Rajamouli is set to kick off a lavishly mounted trilogy of his own, based on the 'Mahabharata'.

According to a source close to the development, the filmmaker, who first hit pay dirt with scriptwriter dad KV Vijayendra Prasad 's 2012 Telugu hit 'Eega', "couldn't stop raving about the Mahabharata at an event recently, admitting that he was planning a film on a huge scale, using virtual reality extensively and recreating the epic with modern graphics". The film will be scripted in 2018 and made over five-six years on a budget of Rs 400 crore, with the films being simultaneously shot in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi for a pan-India release. "This time, Rajamouli plans to cast actors from the Hindi film industry as well as South stars," the source adds

 The 43-year-old filmmaker wrapped up the final touches on his second instalment of 'Baahubali: The Conclusion', last week. The epic historical war-drama, which was filmed in Telugu and Tamil and simultaneously dubbed in Hindi, hits screens on April 28. The two-film project took three and a half years to complete and was mounted on a whopping budget of Rs 180 crore, which ballooned further when the second film went into production. Upon its release in 2015, 'Baahubali: The Beginning', went on to become the first South film to gross Rs 650 crore worldwide, and the first non-Hindi film to gross Rs 100 crore in its dubbed Hindi version. It was also the highest grossing Telugu film of all time.

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