Actress Tamannaah Bhatia says the team of "Baahubali 2" is not bogged by the audiences' expectations of the film, but is rather excited about the second instalment of the blockbuster historical action-adventure.
Telugu director SS Rajamouli's multi-lingual movie "Baahubali: The Beginning" was not only a huge box-office success but also won the best feature film honour at this year's National Awards. Tamannaah said the stress was apparent before the release of the first part but the team is more relaxed about the upcoming movie.
"We were more stressed out that time (referring to response for 'Baahubali'). We did not how people in the South would react and whether the Hindi audience will accept it or not. Today everyone is excited to watch the film," Tamannah told PTI. "We have got very good response commercially not only in India but abroad as well. So we are excited more than being scared for 'Baahubali 2'."
"Baahubali: The Beginning" and was simultaneously made in Telugu and Tamil. The epic historical fiction film starred Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah and Anushka Shetty in lead roles. Its Hindi version was presented by filmmaker Karan Johar. "If you look at the first part all women had strong roles. Its an action-war film. Its a rarity that in a war film which is ideally men centric that it had lot to do for me in the film,"
Tamannaah said. For her role in the sequel, the 26-year-old actress for the first time learnt horse riding and sword fighting. "My role in part one of 'Bahubali' was feminine, had song and dance. This time I have a very unconventional part. In part two I will be doing action, horse riding and sword fighting. I had trained for this film." There is already a lot of curiosity about "Bahubali: The Conclusion" as part one ended on a cliffhanger and everyone wants to know why Katappa killed Bahubali.
"That big question will be answered in the part two of the film. Wherever I go people often ask me the same question (why Katappa killed Bahubali). But I can't reveal anything as I have a contract signed with the company (producers)," Tamannah said. The much-awaited second part of the magnum opus will hit theatres on April 28, 2017.
According to Tamannah, 20-25 per cent of the shoot for part two of "Bahubali" is pending. "It is shaping up very well. I think the shoot will go on till November. We are shooting the climax. It is going to be bigger than the first part. It has lot more content than the first part." Besides Tamannaah, the second part repeats the original cast of Prabhas, Rana Daggubati and Anushka.