Two days after Tollywood director SS Rajamouli met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday morning, at the state Secretariat in Amaravati, the film maker had to take to social media to issue a clarification.
Rajamouli had paid a visit to the upcoming capital of the state, after an invite from the CM, to finalise designs for some key government buildings including the Assembly and the High Court.
“Various news that I was appointed as a consultant, designer, supervisor etc for Amaravathi are not true. Foster + Partners are a world renowned architectural firm. The designs they submitted were first class in my opinion,” Rajamouli said on social media.
“Chandrababu Naidu garu and his team are very happy with it but he wanted a design for the assembly to be much more iconic. All I am doing is interpreting the vision of CBN garu to Foster + Partners to quicken the process. Hope this small contribution of mine is some kind of help in that epic project,” he added.
British architectural firm Foster and Partners, submitted final models of the buildings last week.
While Naidu was happy with the waterfront, the layout and the interior designing of the legislative assembly, he felt that the facade can look much better, and asked for Rajamouli’s suggestions, to add an Indian touch to the designs of Amaravati.
Rajamouli is the director of the two-part Baahubali series, which is based in the ancient kingdom of ‘Mahishmathi’.
However, the move was criticised by many, including architects, who felt that a director was not the right person to approach for architectural design.
While some questioned if it was relevant to seek inspiration for a twenty-first century, modern capital city from mythical imaginations of the past, others dubbed it an unscientific and irrational approach to city planning and architecture.
According to reports, Naidu suggested that Rajamouli be flown to London in the coming weeks to give his inputs to the firm.
The Chief Minister will visit the firm in London on October 25 to finalise the designs, during his tour to Britain and the United Arab Emirates.