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Johar compares Baahubali to Mughal-e-Azam, Rajamouli to Spielberg, Cameron, Nolan

The filmmaker was part of the grand event at Hyderabad's Ramoji Film City to promote Baahubali: The Conclusion. 

Keyur Seta

The makers of Baahubali: The Conclusion held a grand event yesterday at Hyderabad as part of their promotional activity. It took place at the iconic Ramoji Film City. It was attended by director SS Rajamouli, actors Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah, Sathyaraj, producer Shobu Yarlagadda, Hindi distributor Karan Johar and the rest of the team. 

Speaking on the occasion, Johar compared Baahubali with K Asif’s classic, Mughal-e-Azam (1960), which starred Dilip Kumar, Madhubala and Prithviraj Kapoor. “I have said this many times and I’ll say this again; Baahubali is probably the proudest Indian film ever made. Asif's Mughal-E-Azam brought the entire fraternity together... That was way back in 1960. And 57 years later, there’s an experience like Mughal-E-Azam and that is Baahubali. To say that SS Rajamouli is the biggest Indian filmmaker is not enough,” he said.

In fact, the Ae Dil Hai Mushkil director also compared Rajamouli with some of the greatest Hollywood filmmakers. “I would say SS Rajamouli is a global filmmaker in the league of Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Christopher Nolan and beyond,” he added. 

Despite being one of the most successful and famous filmmakers, Johar said he feels tiny in front of Rajamouli. “His narrative has soul, his cinema has strength and his personality, which is so humble, makes me feel tiny. I haven't even achieved 1/10th of what he has achieved in the past five years. It takes guts, gumption and tremendous amount of glory to make a film like Baahubali. Baahubali is not the conclusion, but the beginning of a journey which will inspire thousands of Indian filmmakers. I feel proud that we are a tiny part of Baahubali,” he said. 

Johar even felt that Hindi actor have a lot to learn from the dedication shown by the cast of Baahubali. He said, “I want to go back home and teach actors that this is what pure dedication to cinema is all about.” 

The event also saw a display of aerial fireworks. The entire team of Baahubali also clicked a huge selfie. Baahubali: The Conclusion is all set to release on 28 April.