He wowed audiences as Mahendra and Amarendra Baahubali in the movie franchise. His acting prowess, rugged good looks and down-to-earth attitude proved to be an irresistible combination. And just like that, Prabhas became a global superstar! He joined the ranks of legendary South Indian actors with a fan base worldwide. Here are six lesser known facts about him that are sure to make you even more of a fan!
Prabhas is the first South Indian actor to have a statue at Madame Tussauds in Bangkok. The Telugu actor beat the likes of Kamal Hassan and Rajinikanth to get his own wax statue. It features him in his battle armour as Amarendra Baahubali from Rajamouli's epic drama. Prabhas is also set to get his statue at Madame Tussauds in London.
Prabhas is said to have spent 4.5 years working on building his physique for the movie. He worked out for hours every day with his local trainer and focused on building lean muscle. His mixed exercise regime included playing volleyball, learning archery and practising yoga. He even went to the US and met World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestlers to study their training regimen!
The 6’2 tall actor put on around 20 kg to get his physique in Baahubali. And gaining that much weight was no easy feat! His diet included 40 egg whites, fish, vegetables and almonds. His daily calorie intake while shooting for the movie was between 2000 to 4000 calories a day.
Prabhas is a nature enthusiast and loves being surrounded by greenery. He has a space designed for his workouts in his garden, which includes a volleyball court. He also loves outdoor fitness activities and cycles, runs and plays volleyball in his free time.
Many people believe that Baahubali was Prabhas’ Bollywood debut. But he actually made his first appearance in a Hindi movie years before Rajamouli’s action drama. Prabhas had a cameo in Action Jackson, the 2014 film, which featured Ajay Devgn and Sonakshi Sinha. The Tollywood star briefly shook a leg with Sonakshi in the song, Punjabi Mast.
Prabhas’ father Suryanarayana Raju is a film producer and his uncle is veteran Telugu actor Krishnam Raju. You think he would have grown up dreaming of becoming an actor, right? But despite his Tollywood lineage, Prabhas planned to become a hotelier while growing up. The reason? He wanted to binge on butter chicken! He suddenly decided to become an actor after his graduation and made his debut with Eeshwar (2002). Thank God for that is all we can say!