Baahubali (பாகுபலி) “The Beginning” is the most awaited movie of 2015 and at Rs.200-250 crores the most expensive movie to have been produced in any Indian language. It was a full show in Devi Paradise for the first day today. S.S.Rajamouli a Director known for his earlier works including Magadheera, Maryada Ramanna and Naan E (Tamil) which were all super hits, has created Baahubali over last two years.
Grandeur is the word I am able to think from the first screen until the credit card. The movie is a thorough visual delight, that has certainly taken Indian Film to Hollywood levels and beyond. Huge applause to Rajamouli & team for dreaming this grand.
The film starts with an escapade by Ramya Krishnan with a newborn in her hands, running from soldiers who have shot her. The newborn “Shivudu” (played by Prabhas) grows under foster care in a tribal village which is at the foot of a huge waterfall. No one has climbed up the waterfall to see the world there, but Shivudu keeps trying. One day after seeing a wooden mask of what he visualises to be a nymph Shivudu succeeds in the climb and what he sees on top takes him towards solving the mystery of his birth. The scenes where Prabhas climbs the tall mountain are simply breathtaking, worth watching it again. When I was expecting the story will take Shivudu to unknown territories like in 10,000 BC or John Carter, it turns to lovemaking between Prabhas and Tamanna, then into age-old Power Struggle story between cousin brothers, that’s not bad at all as the storytelling is brisk and captivating.
To see Tamanna as a rebel warrior was “different” and she has delivered a stunning performance in the fighting sequences, congrats. The battle between the Kingdom of Mahishmati and the barbarians are choreographed extremely well, reminded me of 300: Rise of an Empire. The idea to catapult into the air the large tent canvas over enemy advancement and set it to fire was brilliant. I liked the scene where Prabhas uses a huge Lion mask-head to drag the barbarian leader, though it’s a symbolization it has come out visually overwhelming.
Prabhas and Rana have built their body amazingly, their 100KGs of muscle are visible in the scene where Prabhas lifts the huge Siva Linga to the waterfalls and in the scene where Rana fights a mountain bull. The computer graphics are spotless. Ramya Krishnan and Sathyaraj have got themselves an important role.
The final part (sequel) to this movie is going to be released in 2016, I can’t wait to watch it.
Update on 2018: The film is available on Netflix India.