"That's my film", claimed little Akshitha when asked about the new blockbuster "Baahubali". The one-and-a-half-year-old has every reason to think so, since she figures prominently on the posters of S S Rajamouli's magnum-opus.
For Akshitha, who hails from Nileshwaram, Kalady, in central Kerala, the rise to fame was quite unexpected. Her father Valsan was the production executive of the film in Kerala. During the film's shooting in the scenic Athirapally falls, Kerala, Rajamouli and art director Sabu Cyril who were looking for a baby to be in the pivotal scene, requested Valsan and his wife to let Akshitha face the camera. She was only 18 days old at that time. The shooting went on for five days.
The film hit the headlines after the makers released its first look poster, which depicted the birth of a child. "He has to fulfil his destiny, come what may!!!", the director tweeted while revealing it on the micro-blogging site on May 1.
Akshitha is also seen in the film, being carried by Ramya Krishnan, who plays Sivagami.
"Baahubali" is doing roaring business worldwide, breaking many box-office records. It earned ₹255 crore within seven days of release.