Baahubali, the Beginning

I know I am late for this one, but I could not stop myself from writing about it. For a movie buff like me, we don’t require a reason to watch a movie. But, #Baahubali had not one but many; The most expensive film, the Highest grossing Indian Film, The first South Indian film to join the 300-crore club. First week, we could not get the tickets. So, we pre-booked for the next weekend. When we entered the theater, it was HOUSE FULL even for the second week.

For this movie, I will first begin with V Srinivas Mohan, the Visual effects Supervisor and Sabu Cyril for his art direction. You will be blown by the huge sets, backgrounds, landscapes which has been drawn in the movie give it an authentic historic feel. The entire team has put a lot of thought into the set designing. You can’t make out that it’s imposed in the film and not a part of real set. Few sets worth mentioning are The Waterfall, The Fort of “Mahismati”, and the kingdom.

Coming to the lead character of the film, Prabhas; this is the first time I have watched him. He is convincingly Shiva the mighty, tall and apt for the character #Baahubali. He has perfectly played both the aspects of being the romantic heartthrob and the fighter. Avantika, the Lady love of Baahubali played by Tamannah is a strong character. It’s about a woman who has sacrificed her entire life for the queen and the kingdom. She has taken the cues of a fighter woman very well; especially the walk and the body language. She has shown some real good action in the film. Special mention to Anushka Shetty, who has played the role of “Devasena”, the queen who has been captive for 25 years by Bhallaldev for not choosing him to be her groom.

But, the lady who has taken my heart is Ramya Krishnan; playing Sivagami, the lady who is protecting the kingdom “Mahismati”. She is a strong woman who has taken up this cause to protect and nurture her kingdom against all odds. She is a visionary, who decides the fate of the throne by the capability of the person irrespective of the fact that the person is her son or not. She portrays a woman who has got fire in her eyes and won’t let anyone ruin her kingdom. Special mention to the scene where she protects Shiva from her own soldiers and dies in the river but held the child in a way so that he survives. Hats off for her strong performance. Another performance worth mentioning is Kattapa, who is an ally to the queen Sivagami; played by Sathyaraj. He is the warrior, who is loyal to the kingdom and the throne and is ready to kill anyone who is not the true heir and eyes it.

The negative character in the movie Bhallala Deva, played by Rana Daggubati is outstanding. He had played the strong, the crooked and the cruel king who doesn’t care about the kingdom. His physique, get up, clothing is extremely convincing and reminds me of Ravana from Ramayan. All the characters in the film are sketched very thoughtfully and the designers had done a brilliant job with their looks, make up and costumes to bring life into the characters.

Moving to off-screen stars, the writer V Vijendra Prasad has written the story as if he personally knows the characters. It seems like a historic event which has happened in the past. He has conceived every aspect of the movie beginning from the plot, the characters, the story line etc. so well and brilliantly directed by S. S. Rajamouli.

Thing which I liked in the movie is, the attention to details given to every scene in the film. There is a scene where Shiva takes the Shivling to the waterfall. There he crosses a pothole, which reflects the mirror image of Shiva holding the Shivling. There is a song sequence where Shiva transforms Avantika from a warrior to a beautiful girl. This song has been amazingly thought, directed and shot. Especially when he puts Kajal in her eyes and paints her lips.

Things which I disliked are the songs, as they are dubbed and could not please me. When the songs were playing, I actually thought of a fast forward button. Another thing is the ACTION. It’s good but sometimes it feels unnatural and overboard. But, given the fact that it’s a South Indian film, this can be expected. Had the action be more real, the movie would have been a class apart experience for me.
I would like to give it a 4*/5. This movie is a must watch especially for the concept, the visual effects, the characters and the story. #Baahubali, the Beginning is a beginning of great ideas and effects from India which have got a global appeal. It’s a beginning to show that if a movie is great, it can cross continents and make its mark. This movie will definitely give you a great watch and a curiosity for #Baahubali, the conclusion which is set to release in 2016.