It is usual to find great characters from literature coming alive on big screen. But a fictional character from a screenplay has seldom inspired a novel. Moreover, the author tries to nourish it with traits of some real life success stories. Well, Anand Neelakantan has managed to create on paper the epic sweep that S. S. Rajamouli conjured up in Baahubali: The Beginning on celluloid. A prequel to Rajamouli’s blockbuster, Neelakantan’s “The Rise Of Sivagami”, was recently released in Delhi in the presence of the director and lead actors of the film.
Planned as a trilogy, the book has come out just before the release of the sequel of Baahubali, creating flutter in the media. Rajamouli, who expects the book to enhance the viewing experience of the sequel, says, “Revolving around Sivagami and how she became a powerful Rajmata, the book gives glimpses to many shades of her character. Reading it will amplify the experience.”