The online streaming giant Netflix has announced a prequel to the Baahubali franchise – ‘ Baahubali: Before the Beginning.’ The prequel will web the story of the rise of Sivagami, mother of Amarendra Bahubali in the 2015 film Baahubali: The Beginning.
The first season will have 9 episodes and will envisage Queen Shivagami’s journey from a rebellious girl to a sagacious queen. The story develops the narrative of Mahishmati, the building of a city-state to an empire.
“Baahubali is a world-class franchise that epitomizes the power of compelling stories that resonate globally,” Erik Barmack, Netflix’s VP for international originals said. “We are excited to work with some of the world’s most talented writers and producers on one of India’s most beloved stories. The series is a tremendous opportunity for us to give audiences more of the universe that they have come to love, and welcome millions more into the global Baahubali fandom.”
Netflix has already confirmed a two-season order and it will be produced in partnership with the film director S.S Rajamouli and the production house Arka Media works. Netflix is trying to up its games after the successful run of Netflix first Original series from India, “Sacred Games.” Netflix has also recently announced a collaboration with Shah Rukh Khan for a spy drama, “The Bard of Blood”, and have casted Emraan Hasmi for the series.