Actor Prabhas, ahead of the release of “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” in which he plays a superhero-like character, says he grew up as a fan of popular superheroes such as He-Man and Superman. “Even though I was very fond of superheroes such as He-Man and Superman from a very young age, I never thought of I would play such characters in my career. I need to thank S.S. Rajamouli for offering me a superhero-like character,” Prabhas told IANS.

In the franchise, Prabhas plays king Baahubali and his son Shivudu. He spent nearly five years on the project. Asked about the journey of being part of India’s biggest motion picture franchise, he said: “It was physically strenuous, especially while working on action sequences in the first part. In the second part, Rajamouli edited the action scenes in a way that he made the whole process very easy.”

The humble actor said he would have dedicated seven years – not just four years – of his life for S.S Rajamouli’s “Baahubali” franchise without a second thought. “For Rajamouli, I would have even spent more than four years on ‘Baahubali’. I would have been ready to dedicate even seven years for him on the project.”

On the occasion, Rajamouli said he wouldn’t have found an actor as dedicated as Prabhas for the movie.”Show me one actor who can spend more than three years on a character he believes in. Prabhas and I became very close after we worked together for the first time in Chatrapathi’, and we used to spend a lot of time together. Thank you Prabhas for being my friend,” he said.

In the second part of “Baahubali” franchise, Prabhas will return as Amarendra Baahubali.Directed by Rajamouli, the project will finally shed the light on why Kattappa, a character played by Sathyaraj, killed Baahubali.The film also stars Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah Bhatia, Anushka Shetty and Ramya Krishnan.”Baahubali: The Conclusion” is slated for a release in Telugu, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam on April 28.