Shankar and SS Rajamouli are the two biggest directors in the South Indian film industries at present. They have won critics' appreciation as well as commercial success, which make them special filmmakers.

As a result, they are often compared with each other. SS Rajamouli was in Chennai recently to launch the trailer of his forthcoming movie "Baahubali" and he had a freewheeling chat with media friends.

Shankar-SS Rajamouli
A collage of Shankar and SS Rajamouli.IB Times India

The Telugu director said that people should not compare him with the Tamil director as the "Anniyan" creator has always been ahead of him.

SS Rajamouli simply put that he was not aware of green matte when Shankar was working on VFX for his film. Hence, people should not draw a comparison between them. The filmmaker says that he feels happy when people take his name after Shankar.

"When Shankar sir was working with visual effects and CG in his early films, I didn't even know what a green matte was. There is no question of comparing me with him but am happy that my name is taken after him, whenever there is talk about making grand effects-based films on big scales and budgets," SS Rajamouli said, according to Behindwoods.

SS Rajamouli's words clearly show the humble nature of the director. The director, who has delivered nine hit movies, became a popular name in the Tamil industry with his "Naan Ee", the Tamil version of Telugu flick "Eega".

His next movie, "Baahubali", is being made in a grand scale. The film stars Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty and Tamanna Bhatia in the lead roles. The movie, which is being made in two parts, will hit the screens on 10 July.

The second instalment will be released next year. The Tamil version is distributed by Gnanavel Raja.