Meanwhile in a recent interview, Rajamouli revealed several interesting and shocking facts about him. He said, “My parents are ardent devotees of Lord Shiva. They used to visit one Jyotirlinga every Shivaratri. My mom used to tell us that I was born after she had a dream when she went to Srisailam. In her dream a sage, dressed in dazzling white robes, handed over a baby to her. That’s why I was named Srisaila Sri Rajamouli.”
He further admitted, “For me, Bhakti, in terms of subservience to a higher power, is a very strong emotion. I use it as a storytelling element in my movies. As a director, it’s my job to bring out such strong emotions for a big impact on the viewers. It didn’t happen overnight. As a teenager, I was a very religious guy and I used wear kaashayam vastralu (dyed red clothes) and even go to churches to listen to hymns. In the process of being so deeply religious, I wasn’t happy with myself, the atmosphere or the things going around.
He also stated, “Few years after I joined the film industry, when I met and worked with Gunnam Gangaraju, who himself is an atheist, he gave me Ayn Rand’s Fountainhead. I won’t say I’m an ardent follower of Ayn Rand’s philosophy, but it changed me a lot. However, I must add that my personality and my films are poles apart.”
Well, this is really a shocking fact about Rajamouli. What say folks?