The iconic shot where Kattappa seemingly kills Baahubali hogged the central stage not just in the first part but it was a central scene in the trailer of ‘Baahubali 2’ as well. In fact, ‘Why Kattappa Killed Baahubali’ is one of the pivotal crowd attracting factors for Baahubali 2 besides the excellent visuals and elevation scenes. So, how much effort exactly went into making that scene?
While a chat with the film’s Award-winning Art Director, Sabu Cyril, he explained what went into the making of that iconic scene. He told that the location where the scene was filmed was the result of painstaking labour because the originally selected location became irrelevant.
“The scene where Katappa kills Baahubali was basically supposed to be filmed in the Chambal valley in the North. But, just one month before we go for shooting, we found that the whole barren land had become green as an effect of rains. We had to see the other place and it was then we chose a quarry near Hyderabad. We, however, had to turn it into the kind of zone we wanted. It took 45 days of painstaking labour to build the set,” Cyril recollected.
“The quarry place had to be filled with one hundred truckloads of mud and we had to really construct roads. To give it the look we wanted, we even brought trees from Rajasthan and made around 30 duplicates of those trees in fiberglass, to be fixed on the set. Every rock in that plae was of 60 ft height and all of them had to be coated with a reddish tinge for the effect we wanted in the shots. Over 200 people worked hard night and day in my department alone,” he added.
The effort of the team surely paid high reward as the scene became one of the most memorable ones in the history of Indian cinema.