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(Amarendra Baahubali & Shivudu alias Mahendra Baahubali), Rana Daggubati
(Bhallala Deva), Tamannaah (Avantika), Anushka Shetty (Devasena), Sathyaraj
(Kattappa), Nassar (Bijjala Deva), Ramya Krishnan (Sivagami), Rohini (Shivudu’s
mother Sanga), Adivi Sesh (Bhadrudu), Tanikella Bharni, Sudeep (Aslam Khan), Nora
Fatehi (cameo), Scarlett Mellish Wilson (cameo), Gabriela Bertante (cameo)
Rahul Koda, Madhan Karky, V Vijayendra Prasad
Company: Arka Media Works
Productions (in Hindi) (Telugu – Arka Media Works; Tamil – Studio Green, UV
Creations; Malayalam – Global United Media)
– The Beginning: This is supposed to be one of the most expensive film (approximately 250
crore) in the history of Indian Cinema. It is a two-part Telugu Epic film written
and directed by S. S. Rajamouli (Eega fame – Makhi in Hindi). It is simultaneously
made in Tamil as well and dubbed in Hindi, Malayalam and French. Karan Johar
presents the Hindi version. The first part has seen its release on 10th
July, 2015 and the second part (Baahubali – The Conclusion) will be released in
2016. It is reported that some of the great scenes in the movie are shot in Rock
Garden of Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh and a few other scenes are shot at Ramoji
Film city as well as in Kerala (Adirapalli waterfall). It has two national
award winning technicians, music director Keeravani and production designer
Sabu Cyril. A battle scene is shot for 20 minutes, and it took almost four
months to shoot. The movie has 2000 junior artists, 600 technicians, horses,
elephants etc. The film contains approximately 4500 visual effects and computer
graphics. Baahubali: The Beginning has been styled
and spelled as bāhubaLi in posters and screen.
magnum opus has been designed on a very high scale, be it its production
design, visual appeal, background score or narration. The war sequences shot in
the movie have feel of Mahabharata (Even Rajamouli has mentioned in the media
during his interviews that he was highly inspired from the epic Mahabharata). Some
awe-inspiring visuals gave me goosebumps, especially magnificent waterfall
shots and palaces.
conveys, Baahubali means the one with strong arms. This first part of the movie
introduces the story of Shivudu aka Shiva (Prabhas), his search for the reasons of being
identified as Baahubali, and later unfolds the story of two brothers and their contest for the dynasty of Mahishmathi
Kingdom. Indeed certain plots are larger than life and could have been
unbelievable in the non-epic format, but the whole screenplay makes it very much
integral part of the film. Lot of minute details is taken into consideration. Pre-intermission,
every character is introduced so that the right background is set further.
with introducing Mahishmati Kingdom and the nearby areas through map. It is heavy
downpour, and we see Sivagami (Ramya Krishnan), who is injured badly and also hurt with an arrow
pierced at the back, trying to save herself and a newly born infant from the
enemies who are following her. She fights back and tries to put a brave front. She
gets drowned but she keeps her arm with the child above the water level, whom
she names as Mahender Baahubali. A group of tribal people rescues the child,
whereas Sivagami loses her life. One amongst the tribal, Sanga (Rohini) adopts
the child and brings him up as Shivudu / Shiva. He grows up completely ignorant
of his lineage. Even as a child, Shiva was fascinated with the waterfall and
the mountain, and he used to try climbing the same in spite of Sanga’s
emotional blackmailing. Destiny makes Shiva meet feisty warrior Avantika (Tamannaah),
and he also ultimately climbs the mountain with waterfall. He gets a new
purpose which makes him land in Mahishmati Kingdom.
gets more gripping and riveting. The movie showcases the story of Mahishmati
Kingdom. What could be the purpose of Shiva in going to Mahishmati Kingdom? What
power play happens in the kingdom which resulted in the initial scene of injured
Sivagami trying to save the child. Who was Shivgami ? How was Mahender
Baahubali identified by people at the kingdom, though he went there for the first
time? What is the story of two brothers Amarendra Baahubali (Prabhas in double
role) and Bhallala Deva (Rana Daggubati)? How does the character of Kattappa (warrior
slave of the kingdom) shape up in the film?
are awesome and breathtaking viz. Shiva’s attempt to climb the mountain with
waterfall, Bhallala Deva’s (Rana Daggubati) fight with bull with bare hands,
Shiva’s attempt to move and carry shrine stone on his shoulder, his deep dive in
between the valleys of the mountain, swinging from vines so as to climb the
waterfall, people at the kingdom erecting a golden statue etc. The 20-minute
battle scene deserves a special mention. Very nicely shot.
this film has done so much justice to their characters, be it Rana, Prabhas, Ramya,
Sathyaraj, Nassar, Anushka, Rohini etc.
although has some amazing shots, the second half steals the show with the story
unfolding in a magnificent manner. Dubbed version has some lip sync issues as
this movie definitely makes one look forward to its second part releasing in 2016.
Although, it seems predictable, but Rajamouli’s treatment of the plot is
certainly going to be interesting and worth watching.
opus “Baahubali : The Beginning” is spectacular, visually appealing.