Ramoji Film City holds many attractions for all kinds of travelers, from family holidaymakers and laid-back vacationers to avid sightseers and adventure seekers, and everyone in between. It is a thematic holiday spot, a family entertainment hub, a fun destination for children, an adventure world, a party zone, and a theme wedding location, all rolled into one. However, for a hardcore movie lover, the film city serves as the mecca of cine-magic as it houses several shooting sets where you can relive scenes from your favorite movies.
That’s not all! Ramoji Film City now has a Blockbuster Film Zone – a section dedicated to Bollywood and Tollywood chartbusters. And guess which are the latest additions to this Blockbuster Zone? The shooting sets of Bahubali and Sarileru Neekevvaru, two of the greatest Tollywood hits of the twenty-first century!
Are you up for a journey through these mesmerizing backlots? Read on to know everything about the Blockbuster Film Zone at Ramoji Film City.
The Majestic Bahubali Sets
There’s no doubt that Bahubali and its sequel, released in 2015 and 2017 respectively, are among the most celebrated and successful movies in the history of Indian cinema. Songs, dance, romance, betrayal, revenge, drama, and action, this two-part Indian epic movie directed by S.S. Rajamouli has it all. While every aspect of the movie is fabulous, one thing stands out from the rest – the mythical kingdom of Mahishmathi. With grand palaces and colossal walls featuring elements of ancient Indian architecture, the kingdom is a saga of grandeur, to say the least.
How about taking a trip through Mahishmathi and reminisce about your favorite scenes from the movie? Just imagine how it would feel to walk into the humongous palace court where the coronation of Amarendra Bahubali was planned and later, his rival Bhallala Deva was crowned. Or, would you prefer taking a look at the underground iron cage where Devasena was kept imprisoned for 25 years? Or how about marveling at the gigantic statute of Bhallala Deva or reenacting the bull fight sequence? You can now do all these and more at the Bahubali sets at Ramoji Film City.
Things to See in the Bahubali sets at Ramoji Film City
Designed by National Award winner Sabu Cyril, the larger than life set of Bahubali is spread across an enormous area of about 100 acres. Built at a whopping budget of 60 crores Indian rupees, the set catered to both parts of the movie. Today, it is one of the top tourist attractions at Ramoji Film City and appeals to movie lovers of all ages.
You can walk through these grand sets and get a first-hand experience of Mahishmathi. Intricately designed chariots, structures of horses and elephants, elaborate staircases, ornate pillars, the underground iron cage, carved doorways, towering gateways, and life-size artwork of your favorite characters like Bahubali, Devasena, Kattapa, etc. are all there for you to explore. Adding to the beauty of the majestic sets are the props that have been used in the movie. Wouldn’t it be nice to sit on the golden throne shown in the movie and get your selfie clicked? Or would you like to try and lift the Shivalinga just like Shiva aka Mahendra Bahubali did in the movie?
Whether you are a fan of the movie or not, you will surely love discovering the grandeur and opulence of Mahishmathi. Explore the sets at your own pace, click some amazing pictures, and get mesmerized by the magnificence of these sets. And once you are done exploring the ancient land of Mahishmathi, you can come back to modern times and visit the set of Sarileru Neekevvaru, another blockbuster Telegu movie.
The Larger than Life Sarileru Neekevvaru Sets
Kondareddy Buruju Fort aka Konda Reddy Fort is an imposing structure and one of the most prominent landmarks in Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh. It has also served as the shooting location for some Telugu movies, the most popular of them being Okkadu. The fight scene involving Mahesh Babu and Prakash Raj from this 2003 blockbuster is still etched in the memory of fans. Now after 16 years, Mahesh Babu has again shot a fight sequence at the same fort for another movie, namely Sarileru Neekevvaru. The only difference is that this time the fort was recreated at Ramoji Film City.
Yes, you heard it right! The makers of Sarileru Neekevvaru have ‘brought’ the fort to the film studio by creating a magnificent replica of it at a cost of about 4 crores. For the fans of Tollywood, this is an excellent opportunity to visit the spectacular set and relive the moments from the movie which was released in January 2020 and is still running houseful in many cinemas across the country.
What to See in the Sarileru Neekevvaru Sets at Ramoji Film City
The life-like replica of Kondareddy Buruju is the main attraction of Sarileru Neekevvaru sets housed inside Ramoji Film City. Apart from the fort, the surrounding streets have also been recreated. The set with the historical fort is a huge draw for movie buffs in general and the fans of Mahesh Babu in particular. You can take a walk around the set or get your picture clicked with the fort in the background. The replica has been designed by the famous art director A.S Prakash who has paid attention to even the minutest of details.
How to Visit the Blockbuster Film Zone at Ramoji Film City
The sets of Bahubali and Sarileru Neekevvaru are part of the studio tours we offer. These include Ramoji Star Experience, Ramoji Day Tour, Summer Carnival Day Tour, and Summer Carnival Star Experience, to name a few. When you opt for one of these tour packages, you also get to experience many other cine wonders including permanents sets, shooting locations, and gardens. Besides the Blockbuster Film Zone, these packages include live entertainment shows, a visit to the children’s play area called Fundustan, the butterfly park, exotic bird park, and bonsai garden, and several complimentary rides. Explore these attractions in our open vintage bus – you can hop on a bus, get down at an attraction, explore it to your heart’s content, and then hop on the next bus to continue your journey. Sounds great? Click here to learn more about these packages and book your tickets.
When the mythical kingdom of Mahishmathi and the historical Kondareddy Buruju Fort call you to relive the glory, can you say no? We don’t think so! Plan a trip to Ramoji Film City and you are sure to come back with loads of happy memories and pictures posed at your favorite movie sets. What’s more, next time you watch either of these movies, you can shout in excitement “Hey, I’ve been there!”