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Rajamouli Says Tamannah-Prabhas Scene Isn’t Sexist

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In response to critics who have argued that a scene in Baahubali featuring Prabhas and Tamannah is sexist, director SS Rajamouli said in a TOI interview, that falling in love didn’t make a female character weak. The controversial scene shows Prabhas nearly disrobing Avanthika (Tamannaah) to bring out her feminine side. The criticism comes in the wake of lavish praise from several quarters for the record-breaking film.

In the interview, SS Rajamouli says, “Generally people look at female characters and think if she is against love, she is a strong character, but if she falls in love, she is weak. I don’t think so. In fact, if you find a soulmate, falling in love makes you stronger. I think her character is even stronger once she finds her soulmate.” On similar lines, Baahubali‘s story writer Vijayendra Prasad says that the scene only intended to show the feminine side of a woman who is warrior-like.

Baahubali stars Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah Bhatia, Anushka Shetty, Ramya Krishnan, Sathyraj, and Nasser. Directed by SS Rajamouli, the film has become one of the most successful films from South India. 40 percent of the shooting of Baahubali: The Conclusion has been completed. The remaining portions will be filmed from September 10. The sequel is expected to release in mid-2016.

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