Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 27: “Kerala - God’s own country is sculptured in such a way that it is beautiful in every corner of the state,” said celebrated film director SS Rajamouli. “The best thing about Kerala is that we need not wander more for locations. It is a filmmaker’s paradise.”
Rajamouli, whose blockbuster film Baahubali had become one of the biggest grossers in India’s film industry, was speaking at a press conference conducted by Kerala Tourism here today to promote wedding and film tourism in the state.
“When the story of Baahubali came to my mind, I wanted to capture the ferocity and hugeness of Athirapally as against the placidity and calmness that is exploited most in the movies shot here,” said the acclaimed director.
Rajamouli reminisced that his stint with Kerala dates back to the 1980s when he came to Sabarimala from Chennai. He had fallen in love with the greenery since then. It is this love for the green pastures that made him shoot his three movies— Simhadri, Sai and Baahubali—
in Thiruvananthapuram, Munnar and Athirapally, respectively.
Asked about his reaction on the nomination of the Telugu version of Baahubali for the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards, he said he was not interested in awards. “I don’t see any value for them,” he quipped.
“I do not attend any award functions. However, I will be extremely happy if my technicians or people associated with the film an award. It will be a motivation for them,” he said.
Rajamouli was in Kerala to attend the wedding of the daughter of his friend, Dr AV Guruvareddy, an orthopaedican based in Hyderabad. Dr Guruvareddy said he had shortlisted Kerala and Rajasthan for his daughter’s destination wedding.
“I love Kerala’s ambience, greenery, infrastructure, and environment and it should be treated as one of the topmost destinations in the world for destination weddings,” he noted.
Tourism Secretary Shri Kamala Vardhana Rao said the alluring spots in Kerala like Munnar, Kochi and Kovalam are increasingly becoming locations for destination weddings, which would l help in the development of tourism sector in the state.
He also remarked that he had used clippings from Baahubali to showcase Kerala’s beauty for promoting the state’s film tourism among the Chinese film producers in Beijing.
Tourism Director, Shri P I Sheik Pareeth was also present at the press meet.
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