After Sacred Games, Netflix unveils ‘Baahubali: Before the Beginning’ web series

In what could be termed as good news for Mahismati fans, American online video streaming service Netflix has announced a new original series, based on the global blockbuster franchise, Baahubali that will explore the journey of Sivagami in a prequel to the SS Rajamouli’s two-part blockbuster.

The series will be directed by SS Rajamouli, Deva Katta, and Praveen Sataru. It will be an adaptation of The Rise of Sivagami, a prequel novel to the 2015 film.

Netflix has partnered with the talented team behind Baahubali, including Arka Media Works.

Netflix also shared on Twitter, “You witnessed the Mahishmati Empire in all its glory. Now witness its rise. Baahubali: Before the Beginning coming soon.”


“The World of Baahubali is extensive and immersive with strong characters and larger than life kingdoms. The films Baahubali -The Beginning and The Conclusion, are from one story set in this world and more dramatic stories were broadly conceived while building the Universe,” SS Rajamouli said in a statement.

The prequel series will capture Queen Sivagami’s journey from a rebellious and vengeful girl to a wise and unequalled queen and the rise of Mahishmati – from being a city-state to an empire, which forms the backdrop of the Baahubali franchise.

“The Baahubali Series, a prequel to the films, is one such story. I am very excited that this is being adapted as a Netflix Original Series. With Netflix as our partner, we have the opportunity to create a rich and riveting series and take this quintessential Indian epic to the world, which is very gratifying to me as a story-teller,” Rajamouli further added.

Erik Barmack, Vice President of International Originals at Netflix, said, “Baahubali is a world-class franchise that epitomizes the power of compelling stories that resonate globally. We are excited to work with some of the world’s most talented writers and producers on one of India’s most beloved stories. The series is a tremendous opportunity for us to give audiences more of the universe that they have come to love, and welcome millions more into the global Baahubali fandom.”

However, no details have been released on the star cast and release dates of the series.

The news follows the premiere of its first Indian series Sacred Games last month. It will be an adaptation of The Rise of Sivagami, a prequel novel to the 2015 film.

Recently, Netflix also announced a collaboration with Shah Rukh Khan and Emraan Hashmi for a spy drama ‘The Bard of Blood’ based on Bilal Siddiqi’s book of the same name.

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