I Don’t See Any Value in Awards: SS Rajamouli


Thiruvananthapuram: Baahubali director SS Rajamouli says he is not interested in awards and does not “see any value” for them. Rajamouli, whose blockbuster fantasy film has become one of the biggest grossers in India’s film industry, was talking to reporters at Kovalam last evening.

“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.”

“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. Rajamouli also hailed ‘God’s Own Country’ Kerala as a filmmaker’s paradise.

“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 Baahubali — in Thiruvananthapuram, Munnar and Athirapally, respectively.