I really like exploring antagonists’ aspect: Anand Neelakantan


Neha Saini

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, September 22

Netflix India lately introduced the launch of its two-part net sequence based mostly on Baahubali sequel, Rise of Sivagami. The undertaking that has been within the pipeline for 2 years is being extremely anticipated given its authentic supply, the worldwide blockbuster Baahubali movies broke many field workplace information.

Excited in regards to the collaboration, Anand Neelakantan, the bestselling creator, whose books promote half 1,000,000 copies on quite a lot of events, talked in regards to the bigger than life presence of the OTT platforms and his ardour to retell mythological tales from a special perspective.

The creator had lately interacted in an internet session with Amritsar viewers at Majha House’s on-line platform about his second e-book within the Baahubali sequence – Chaturanga.

“The Baahubali franchise of films changed the way the global audience viewed the Indian films that the strong and immersive characters and larger than life production was not seen before. When SS Rajamouli approached me for a book series collaboration, I looked at the project through my own lens,” mentioned Anand. Writing about the identical characters appeared unexciting. So, he determined to inform the story of Sivagami. “She was one of the strongest characters in the films and not much was revealed about her rise to power. My first book in the Baahubali series was Rise of Sivagami, a story about a girl from ordinary background and her journey to become a queen,” he mentioned. Rise of Sivagami acquired huge success commercially and critically. And Anand is assured that the net sequence will be capable to shift that profitable storytelling on the digital screens.

“OTT platforms have grown massively over the past seven years. The visual impact they are able to create is unmatched as we saw with Baahubali films.” Asked if he expects Chaturanga to be acquired equally as Rise of Sivagami, Anand mentioned he by no means anticipated the e-book sequence to be such an enormous franchise altogether.

His rise as an oral storyteller to an creator, who selected to inform tales of the defeated, forgotten characters from Puranic tales, Anand mentioned that he needed to retell these common tales via a special perspective. “I mean how many times we have read about good winning over evil and stories of protagonists. For once, I wanted to explore the story behind antagonists, their situations.”

Right from his first e-book Asuras, which was in regards to the story of Ravana and his clan, to Chaturanga, his signature storytelling has been constant, immersive and filled with surprises for the readers. He has additionally written a kids’s e-book, his first one as that. “I want to experiment with different genres now. You see, when you become successful in a particular style of writing, people expect you to continue with that. I feel trapped as writer sometimes and want to write humour and thriller, maybe,” he provides.



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