Rating: 4/5 Stars (Four stars)
Star Cast: Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah, Sathyaraj, Nasser, Ramya Krishnan, Sudeep, Adivi Sesh, Tanikella Bharani, Rakesh Varre
Director: S.S. Rajamouli
What’s Good: Frankly, all of it. Extraordinary visual effects & a suitable background score enhance the film’s plot. What absolutely stands out is the war sequence in the film; it took them 200 days to shoot the elaborate action. The detailing, precisions & sheer aggression of this war sequence makes ‘Bahubali’ a one of it’s kind film. Bodies pile up faster than a city’s garbage, and weapons from Indian tales are used most imaginatively. Yet you can’t get enough of it! That it merges weaponry from Indian epics & Amar Chitra Katha with technical wizardry of 21st century VFX, makes this portion stand out from Hollywood comparisons.
What’s Bad: Honestly, some of the acting is just over the top. Mythology shouldn’t translate to melodrama, but in this film, it does.
A flaw that catches your eye in this otherwise near perfect canvas is the cardboard model like kingdom of Mahashwate. It’s the only flaw in the authenticity that this film’s elaborate VFX manage to achieve.
Watch or Not?: Most definitely, watch! The visual spectacle alone is worth experiencing, apart from enjoying a genuine Indian mythical tale of good versus evil. ‘Bahubali’ has achieved what many films have aspired to-mind-boggling scale.
Also, watch this film for its dream like treatment of extraordinary feats that look effortless after Rajamouli’s treatment. Be it Prabhas climbing a gigantic waterfall step by step, or chasing a fairy princess like Tamannaah who turns out to be hardened, sexy warrior with a weaponized mid riff, aesthetics and allure ease out the aggression at suitable points.
Bahubali is something else! That’s the first thought that strikes you when you leave the theatre. A mythical tale of a displaced heir to a kingdom who accidentally returns as the prodigal son, the film captures Indian mythology in a grand, action packed and dramatic visual ride. Be it a suffering, brave mother; or another who gives her life to protect the baby Bahubali, or a cruel king egged on by lowly courtiers; or a nature loving, swashbuckling, natural born king, Bahubali encapsulates elements of mythology in modern cinema in breath taking fantasy.
The first part of Rajamouli’s epic covers the journey that leads Shiva to become Bahubali. A likeable, handsome & super strong young man, Shiva moves rocks, boulders & a solid Shiva Linga with some effort and lopes around, carrying them like rucksacks. All that he does is incredible, and hints that his destiny is meant for a life beyond the regular. A childhood dream to climb a waterfall is fulfilled after a fairy like beauty (Tamannaah) entices him; she turns out to be the warrior, Avantika who is fighting the evil king of Mahashwate, Bhallal Deva (Rana Daggubati). Bhallal Deva has imprisoned their queen, Devsena (Anushka Shetty), whom Shiva sets out to free. That’s when he is spotted as Bahubali. The film builds up to a dramatic end, and closes on a promise of more to come in its sequel.
Despite complete leaps of imagination and superhuman qualities to its hero, this fantasy- mythical film shocks and awes at first watch, making you contemplate a second trip just to get your head around the whole deal!
Baahubali Review: Script Analysis
The script isn’t absolutely new or fabulous. To be fair, as its director S S Rajamouli has often said, the film encapsulates tales of Amar Chitra Katha to create a story of destiny & justice. It draws from various Indian mythical tales.
Baahubali Review: Star Performance
Prabhas is on top of his game & Rana Daggubati is menacing in perfect mythical villain manner.
But while Prabhas, Rana & Ramya Krishnan are brilliant, others tend to over bulge their eyes, over puff their chests & over do every emotion.
Baahubali Review: Music, Direction
To complain about any technician’s work in this film will amount to nitpicking. S S Rajamouli is known to push the envelope, in this one, he has torn it apart. M M Kreem’s soundtrack never flags, although a love song featuring Bahubali & Tamannah is rather corny. The rest of it is immensely hummable. This film has been shot so meticulously and with such coordination that it’s technicians must be saluted for their work.
Baahubali Review: The Last Word
Be it the war sequences, or sword fighting; or a visual spectacle, or pure entertainment, watch Bahubali this weekend. Kudos to the dedication of S S Rajamouli and his leading men, Prabhas & Rana, for spending years putting this film together. Actually, in it’s imagination & Indianness, Bahubali might just be a whole new start.
Bahubali releases on 10th July, 2015.
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