After S.S. Rajamouli, director of the blockbuster film Baahubali: The Beginning, Union minister of state for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore may well be the second person to know why Katappa killed Baahubali — an immensely popular internet meme and a popular mystery which has generated a series of jokes on social media.
Speaking during the closing ceremony of the 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here on Monday, Rathore said that Rajamouli, who was a special guest for the ceremony, had shared with him the secret of why Katappa killed Baahubali during a conversation earlier in the day.
“Thank you so much for making this brilliant film for us. And thank you for telling me why did Katappa kill Baahubali,” Rathore said.
“It shouldn’t be a surprise. He told me why Katappa killed Baahubali, because this government knows everything and he also knows this government keeps the best secrets. So, it’s safe,” Rathore said.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the 47th International Film Festival of India, Rathore also said that a cashless society would not only curb terror, but also dacoities and thefts because there would not be enough cash to go around with.
“Film industry, right from the beginning — from the time it was given industry status — it worked on cheque payments, bank loans. Black money is not used in films, as it used to be earlier. Slowly, there will be more transparency related to film funding and as a result good cinema will be boosted,” Rathore said.
Rathore said that demonetisation and going cashless has a lot of advantages.
“I feel the biggest advantage is that because of the black money use, some people in India were doing things like… prices would rise, those who were earning with honesty were being left behind.”
“This gap will reduce. Terror will be impacted. Thefts, dacoities, drug, crime rates will be impacted. It will be less, as soon as cash becomes less,” he said.