SS Rajamouli the famed Director of Telugu film industry is in Kerala. Talking to film reporters there, the ‘Baahubali’ director said that he is not interested in awards and does not “see any value” for them. “I am not interested in awards. I don’t see any value for them,” he said when asked for his reaction to the nomination of the Telugu version of ‘Baahubali’ for the International Indian Film Academy awards.
“I do not attend any award functions. However, I will be extremely happy if my technicians or people associated with the film win an award. It will be a motivation for them,” he added. Rajamouli also hailed ‘God’s Own Country’ Kerala as a filmmaker’s paradise.
“Kerala is sculptured in such a way that it is beautiful in every corner of the state. The best thing about Kerala is that we need not wander more for locations. It is a filmmaker’s paradise,” he said. “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,” he said. Rajamouli reminisced that his stint with Kerala dates back to the 1980s when he visited Sabarimala. He had fallen in love with the greenery since then. It is this love for greenery that made him shoot his three movies ‘Simhadri’,’Sai’and ‘aahubali’ in Thiruvananthapuram, Munnar and Athirapilly, respectively.
Rajamouli was in Kerala to attend the wedding of the daughter of his friend, Dr A V Guruvareddy. “I love Kerala’s ambience, greenery, infrastructure and environment. It should be treated as one of the topmost destinations in the world for destination weddings,” he noted.