The BBC aired its documentary "Bollywood and Beyond: A Century of Indian Cinema", featuring interviews with "Baahubali" star Rana Daggubati and the film's director SS Rajamouli, on Sunday night.
"Bollywood and Beyond: A Century of Indian Cinema" is a 90-minute video. Directed by Deep Sehgal, the documentary explores the origin and evolution of Indian cinema over 100 years. British comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar is seen presenting a retrospective on the history of Indian cinema.
The documentary was aired at 9.00 pm on BBC Four for viewers in the UK. The channel as well as the "Baahubali" team shared the link to the documentary.
The Baahubali team tweeted: "@BBC's feature on 100 years of Indian Cinema airs tonight at 9 p.m.! Don't miss it. #Baahubali #IndianCinema"
The documentary received a good response from UK viewers, as evident from some of the comments shared below:
Abeer Sharma @abizzle1991
Great job @TVSanjeev with the infomative and enjoyable #BollywoodandBeyond. Impressive contributers and ground covered in just 90 mins.
Scott Jordan Harris @ScottFilmCritic
@TVSanjeev It was a fine (and fun) vindication of BBC4. I wish they were programming a season of the classic Indian films to accompany it.
Sanjeev Bhaskar wanted the documentary to be a three-four part series, but he could not get that many slots. The comedian tweeted, "#BollywoodandBeyond Thx all 4 watching & getting this trending. The availability of interviewees determined what aspects we could cover..."
He added, "#BollywoodandBeyond We did pitch a 3-4 part series so we could cover all the socio economic aspects but there was only a 90 min slot avail."
In 2014, Sanjeev Bhaskar had travelled across India to have an in-depth understanding of Indian cinema. He interviewed many Indian actors, directors, producers and technicians, including Aamir Khan, Anurag Kashyap and Sharmila Tagore. The interview of SS Rajamouli's team was also part of it.
On 20 May 2014, Sanjeev Bhaskar met the "Baahubali" team, which was busy with the shooting at the specially-erected sets at Ramoji Rao Film city in Hyderabad. As part of the documentary, the comedian had asked SS Rajamouli, Prabhas, Rana Daggubati and the technicians about the making of "Baahubali".
Soon after the interview, SS Rajamouli took to his Facebook page to reveal his excitement and posted: "Glad to interact with Sanjeev Bhaskar of the BBC's The Kumars at No. 42 and Goodness Gracious Me fame. He is shooting a documentary on the 100 years of Indian Cinema. They have interviewed many members of our Baahubali cast and crew."
Besides sharing a photo, Sanjeev Bhaskar had tweeted, "Ramoji Film City Hyderabad. Gr8 chats 2day w/ superstar Rana Daggubati & epic filmmaker SS Rajamouli #Baahubalimovie "
— Sanjeev Bhaskar (@TVSanjeev) May 20, 2014