Kerala – A film maker’s paradise: SS Rajamouli
Dated: November 30, 2015
“Kerala – God’s own country is sculptured in such a way that it is beautiful in every corner of the state,” said celebrated film directed SS Rajamouli. Rajamouli, whose blockbuster film Baahubali was speaking at a press conference conducted by Kerala Tourism to promote wedding and film tourism in the state. “The best thing about Kerala is that we need not wander more for locations. It’s a filmaker’s paradise.”
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.
“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. “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.
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.