Karan Johar and Rajamouli share a light moment on stage Image: Fotocorp
At an event on Sunday, Karan Johar thanked the makers of Baahubali for letting him be a small part of the project. He also said he doesn't have even 10 per cent of director SS Rajamouli's gumption. Johar, who had acquired the theatrical rights of the Hindi version of Baahubali franchise, said Baahubali is "probably the greatest film ever made", comparing it's success to that of K Asif's Mughal-e-Azam.
At a pre-release event for Baahubali 2: The Conclusion in Hyderabad, Johar said: "This is the biggest movie event in the history of Indian cinema and I have to say I'm amazed. This is pure dedication, pure strength and this is what I want to go back and teach."
At the event, a special audio-video on Johar's career was screened. He said he was "stumped". Karan was also presented with the sword with which Kattapa killed Baahubali. The filmmaker took to Twitter to share his joy. "So honoured to posess THE sword! The sword that #kattapa killed #Baahubali with! Thank you @ssrajamouli ...28th April seems too far away...", he captioned the pic.
"Baahubali, 67 years later, has beaten the magic created by Mughal-e-Azam on screen. Rajamouli's cinema has soul, his personality has gumption and I don't think I even have ten per cent of it," he said.
Producer Shobu Yarlagadda thanked Johar for helping them conquer one of the toughest industries (Bollywood) with Baahubali.
"We went to Karan Johar to take Baahubali out of Tollywood. When he saw the film, he could see the potential in it. Since he believed in the film and put his name on it, we could conquer Bollywood market. Thank you, Karan Johar, for being a part of this journey," Yarlagadda said, and added that the film wouldn't have happened if everybody didn't stick together for five years.
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is slated for release on April 28. The film will finally shed light on why Kattappa killed Baahubali.