According to director SS Rajamouli, his magnum opus Baahubali could not have been the same without the dedication that Prabhas showed. The 34-year-old actor essays the titular role in the movie and as a token of gratitude the director gifted him something really special. Rajamouli gifted Prabhas the iconic armour from the movie.

Speaking about Prabhas’ dedication for the film, Rajamouli had earlier said, “Show me one actor who can spend more than three years on a character he believes in. Prabhas and I became very close after we worked together for the first time in Chatrapathi, and we used to spend a lot of time together. Thank you Prabhas for being my friend,” he said. Rajamouli added, “I can’t think of anyone else for Bahubali but Prabhas.”

The director of the blockbuster also said,  “When I decided to make the film on such a grand scale, I knew the kind of commitment was needed for this canvas. Even before I discussed the story with Prabhas, he was already in it.”

Prabhas and SS Rajamouli share a warm bond of friendship, which was formed over the years.

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Prabhas had spent nearly 600 days filming for the Baahubali franchise, with the actor refraining from signing any other film over the tenure of 5 years while shooting for the magnum opus project.

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The southern Superstar also went above and beyond to play a double role for the film and underwent drastic weight transformation. Prabhas bulked up to 105kgs from his original body weight of 82 kgs to play the part of Amrendra Baahubali and touched 88 kgs to bring Shivudu alike on celluloid.

Prabhas in a still from Baahubali

Prabhas in a still from Baahubali

Prabhas also sustained his Baahubali look over the years and maintained his long locks to further deliver Rajamouli with continuity during the filming of the two-part franchise.

Baahubali: The Conclusion is slated for release on 28 April. Apart from Prabhas, the movie also features Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah Bhatia, Anushka Shetty and Satyaraj in pivotal roles.

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