We do not know yet why Kattappa killed Baahubali. That question will be answered later this year (or early next), which means that we will have to wait a really long time.
But to ensure that those bulging biceps, the intriguing storyline and the wide-canvas CGI remain fresh in our memories the makers of India’s costliest movie are set to introduce an entire range of merchandise from comic books to video game.
Producer Arka Mediaworks and director S.S. Rajamouli announced that ‘Baahubali’ will arrive in comic book form, animation and video game in partnership with character entertainment company Graphic India.
And that is what excites us the most.
Graphic India is not just any other company; the artwork they do in the comics they publish and animation shorts they make are of a different level altogether.
Sample this. This is from ’18 Days’ (more about it later).
The comic series will most likely be launched by June or July this year. They are the first on the minds of both the makers of the film and Graphic India.
According to the makers, the comic books will explore a more expansive world than the one seen in the film. The focus will be on the rivalry between the cousins – Baahubali and Bhallal Deva – but it will go beyond what we saw in the film.
A promo artwork of Baahubali (foreground) and Bhallal Deva by Graphic India. Graphic India
“There is a lot more to the story of Baahubali than just the film, a lot more drama, intrigue and action in the world that we created which we wanted people to see and experience. There are many areas in the film that were skimmed over that will now be explored,” said Rajamouli.
Graphic India will also be working on the animation project, tentatively titled ‘Baahubali: The Lost Legend’, which will add to the dimensions of the blockbuster.
A still from ‘Baahubali’ showing Prabhas in the titular character and Rana Daggubati as Bhallal Deva.
Rajamouli says that plans for the extended merchandise of the film was always on their minds. It is not the first time that a film will be represented in comic book or animation format. Games of franchises such as Hrithik Roshan-starrer Krrish and films such as ‘Kochadaiiyaan’ starring Rajinikanth have already been made, and are quite popular. But Graphic India is expected to give these new extensions of the ‘Baahubali’ franchise a more detailed, deeper and finer dimension because of their expertise in animations, comic books and graphic art. The company is best known for their animated retelling of the Mahabharata, which were released on YouTube under the title ’18 Days’ referring to the number of days of the war.
Founded by Sharad Devrajan, other significant works from the stables of Graphic India are ‘Chakra’, the first Indian superhero created by the illustrious Stan Lee, Shekhar Kapur’s ‘Devi’ and ‘Sadhu’, and ‘Buddha – The Digital Series’.
Their work on the Mahabharata has received praise from all quarters for the visuals that may say appear to effusively blend ‘Lord of the Rings’ with ‘Star Wars’.
A still from ’18 Days’, an illustrated retelling of the Mahabharata.
One look at their brilliant pieces of work is enough to raise our excitement for ‘Baahubali’ in comic book, animation and video game formats while we wait for the ultimate revelation – why Kattappa killed Baahubali.