All About The Kalki Sequel


‘We
shot
about
20
or
30
days,
I’d
say
at
best
20
per
cent.
The
big
stuff
is
remaining.’

“It’s
a
coming
together
of
mainly
two
things,”
Director

Nag
Ashwin

tells

Subhash
K
Jha
,
trying
to
explain
how
he
made
the
spectacle
called

Kalki
2898
AD
.

“One
is
Prabhas.
After
10
years
of

Baahubali
,
the
market
has
expanded.
He
has
grown
to
the
scale
to
which
he
is
thrown
right
now.
The
second
is
my
producers,
who
are
as
maverick
as
I
am.
These
are
the
biggest
reasons
why
this
happened.
now.

“The
whole
team
worked
really
hard,
and
it
took
a
long
time.
Our
production
designer
is
a
very
unique
talent.
Our
cameraman
is
a
unique
talent.”

IMAGE:
Scenes
from

Kalki
2898
AD
.

Photograph:
Kind
courtesy
Director
Of
Photography
Djordje
Stojiljkovic/Instagram

Nag
Ashwin
says
he
had
no
time
to
get
nervous
or
excited
about
the
release
date.

“We
were
rushing
till
the
last
minute
to
deliver
the
film
to
distributors,”
he
says.

“The
amount
of
VFX,
you
know,
it
was
very
tough!
Also,
there
were
multiple
languages
and
formats
like
3D
and
IMAX.
Finally,
it
was
set
out
in
the
world.

“We
didn’t
have
time
to
feel
tense.
We
were
still
delivering
and
still
thinking
about,
you
know,
whether
this
was
a
shot
or,
you
know…
You
have
multiple
versions
to
look
into
individually.
The
IMAX
Telugu
version
was
something
we
had
to
deliver
first,
and
it
was
the
least
finished
of
the
lot.
It
had
some
unfinished
VFX,
unfinished
music,
sound,
some
missing
dialogues.
And
we
had
to
send
it
about
five-six
days
before
the
rest. The
most
number
of
calls
I
got
for
the
visual
excellence
version
was
from
the
IMAX
Telugu
version,”
he
says.

 

IMAGE:
Scenes
from

Kalki
2898
AD
.

Photograph:
Kind
courtesy
Director
Of
Photography
Djordje
Stojiljkovic/Instagram


Kalki

brings
back
Amitabh
Bachchan
as
a
genuine
superhero.

“For
me,
Bachchan
sir
was
the
first
person
I
wanted
on
board,
and
the
first
person
I
approached.
He
surrendered
to
my
vision,”
he
says.

Ashwin
Nag
reveals
he
started
pre-production
for

Kalki

right
after
his
last
film

Mahanati

released
in
2018.

“I
decided
to
start
this
about
four
or
five
months
after

Mahanati
.
It
was
building
up
within
me.
It
definitely
came
from
my
growing
up
influences
like
th
Mahabharata.
I
would
read
abridged
versions
when
I
was
growing
up,
but
I
read
the
proper
one
during
this
movie.
I
think
in
Telugu
cinema,
there
are
many
of
these
Mahabharata
adaptations.
Growing
up,
I
saw
these
black
and
white
films
with
bow
and
arrow
fights.

“I
mixed
that
with
(my)
exposure
to
the

Star
Wars

series.
I’m
definitely
a
huge
fan.
That
was
one
of
the
first
influences
on

Kalki
.

“I
love

Mad
Max

but
I
would
say
this
particular
chase
scene
was
written
a
while
back.
But
it’s
also
a
setting.
Like,
as
soon
as
you
put
a
truck
in
a
desert,
it’s
going
to
look
like

Mad
Max
.

“I
used
to
read
a
lot.
But
I
haven’t
read
much
lately.
I’d
have
comics
inside
my
school
books.”

 

IMAGE:
Scenes
from

Kalki
2898
AD
.

Photograph:
Kind
courtesy
Director
Of
Photography
Djordje
Stojiljkovic/Instagram

Now
that

Kalki

has
caught
the
attention
of
the
entire
nation,
what’s
next?

“The
next
one
is
a
while
off
because
it’s
not
really
shot
yet.
We
shot
about
20
or
30
days,
I’d
say
at
best
20
per
cent.
The
big
stuff
is
remaining.”

But
before
that,
Nag
Ashwin
has
another
project:
“I
actually
have
a
small
commitment
that
I
have
finished
for
another
producer,
then
I’ll
get
back
to
this.
It
is
a
series
in
Hindi.”

The
success
of

Kalki

is
a
huge
relief
for
Nag
Ashwin.

“It’s
definitely
a
big
thing
because
we
attempted
something
like
this.
It
was
so
important
that
we
don’t
fail
because
that
would
shut
the
door
for
so
many
people.”