Telugu cinema fans can heave a sigh of relief as filming for Baahubali: The Conclusion is set to begin. Part one of the SS Rajamouli-directed film, which ended on a cliffhanger, is one of India's highest grossing films.
According to Telugumirchi, the cast and crew will commence filming on 14 November at Ramoji Film City in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. The website has claimed that Rajamouli wants to wrap-up shooting soon to focus on special effects, as the movie gained its popularity because of the visual experience.
Around 40% filming for the sequel was completed when the first part was being shot. All the forest sequences in the film will be shot in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
Meanwhile, apart from the original cast, the franchise is planning to rope in well-known movie personalities for some major roles in the historical fictional film. And rumours suggest that Hollywood actor and wrestler Nathan Jones is being considered for the role of a villain in Baahubali: The Conclusion.
The Mad Max Fury actor has already entered the Indian film industry, and is cast as a villain in Tamil film Bhulogam and an upcoming Bollywood movie The Flying Jatt. However, his casting for Baahubali has not been confirmed as yet by Rajamouli or Arka Media Works.
The film was originally made in regional languages of Telugu and Tamil, and was later dubbed into Hindi, Malayalam and French. Baahubali: The Conclusion, which stars Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannah, Sathyaraj and Ramya Krishnan, will premiere by the end of 2016.