The ace film director has said that he spent his early childhood in Amareswara camp Raichur. In those days, there was no theatres in the place, so he could not watch any movie at that time. He watched the first Kannada movie in theatre at the age of 30, which was Upendra's gangster classic Om, which managed to re-release every year even 17 years after its release in 1995.
According to Rajamouli, the gripping story of Om and the wonderful performance of Shivaraj Kumar had impressed him a lot. Since then he has seen quite a lot Kannada movies including Sudeep's recent Kannada hit movie Vishnuvardhana.