Baahubali: The Beginning Movie Review Movie Review
- Directed by S.S. Rajamouli
- Release dates Friday 10 July, 2015
- Running time 2 hours 40 minutes
Promoted as one of the most expensive films to be made in India, Indian cinema has not seen a movie like this ever before!
This highly anticipated part one of the two-part period epic, manages to enthrall you with its sheer scale and grandeur. Right from its opening frames, ‘Baahubali’ holds out many promises: of adventure and romance, love and betrayal, valour and weakness. You can see S S Rajamouli’s varied influences in places : James Cameron-like dreamy vistas of hill, waterfall and greenery, Ang Lee’s flying-through-the-air-acrobatics, Peter Jackson’s stretching-out-for-miles crowded battlefields, J R R Tolkien’s plug-ugly trolls who talk in guttural tongues, many characters and situations from Mahabharat and Ramayan. And, in a Bollywood hat-tip, to the long-suffering mother in ‘Karan Arjun’!
You are unprepared for the scale of what the film has to offer, and the magic begins as the very first scene unfolds. Rajmāta Sivagami (Ramya Krishnan) is seen braving her way through a dark forest with only one goal in sight — to save the child she holds in her hands. Shiva (Prabhas) is a young prince saved from the floods of a waterfall. He is adopted by kind forest folk, who claim him as their own. Young Shivudu grows up to be known for his strength, courage and his inexplicable need to climb up the very same waterfall he came down from.His attempts at leaping across cliffs first leads him to the beauteous Avantika (Tamannaah) and her group of rebels, and then to the distant kingdom which has the tied-up-in-chains-for-twenty-five-years Devasena (Anushka Shetty), suffering the indignities heaped upon her by the cruel King Bhallala (Rana Daggubati) and his father (Nasser).
The film is made beautifully, and while some of the songs are completely out of context; one has to credit SS Rajamouli (Director) for successfully converting the mythical epic genre into a more saleable mass appeal film. This film only tells you half the tale and so while characters such as Devasena (Anushka Shetty) and Katappa; the slave king (Sathyaraj), are introduced – their complete stories are yet to be fully revealed. That, however, does not leave the film incomplete. This part does end abruptly, but with a twist, that will surely leave you surprised.
However, the elaborate battle-scene climax makes the film a spectacular watch nonetheless. Very rarely has an Indian film managed to achieve this feat. The casting is terrific. They hugely contribute to making this routine good vs bad film a visual extravaganza…entertainment guaranteed. The scene which sees Shiva singlehandedly erecting a giant gold statue of Bhallala Deva is jawdroppingly iconic.
This movie is 100% paisa vasool. I can’t wait for the second part, which, we are told, will be out in 2016.
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