Baahubali (Bahubali - The Beginning) : Movie Review

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Director: S. S. Rajmouli

Cast: Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah Bhatia, Anushka Shetty, Ramya Krishnan

The first of a two-part Indian epic film is finally here after almost 3 years. The trailer, glimpses of the magnificent sets and the interesting star cast are just a few of the reasons why most movie buffs have been looking forward to this flick. Oh, and not to forget, it is India’s most expensive film in the history of cinema!

The hero of the movie, Shiva (Prabhas), was smuggled out of his kingdom as an infant in order to save his life. Having been brought up by a tribe that knows nothing about him, Shiva is unaware of his royal background. However, as he grows up, his rock-climbing skills and unbelievable strength leave everyone amazed and in awe. The first half of the movie is more like an introduction to the characters and unfolding of their respective stories in bits and pieces. Shiva, having “fallen for” Avanthika (Tamannaah) finally manages to fulfil his childhood dream of climbing atop an unbelievably huge rocky mountain, while pursuing the girl of his dreams. Avanthika is a feisty part of a rebel group that’s living in a hideout, doing all it takes to free their queen imprisoned in Mahishmati. Enter the King of Mahishmati, Bhallala Deva (Rana). Just so you know, his introductory scene is all about flexing them muscles and taking a bull by the horns! It’s the second half of the movie where all the real action and flashback explanation lies.

Hats off to the VFX team! Magnificent is the exact word to describe the kingdom of Mahishmati, while shots of the waterfalls and the CGI landscapes are more often than not breath-taking. Agreed that at times it all seems to fake and makes the audience laugh, what’s commendable is the bringing to life of a fantasy land with impeccable detailing. While the fight between the lead actors, Prabhas and Rana, seems predictable for the most part, interesting twists are introduced by the director to not lose your attention.

A turn-off of sorts are the random songs (along with dancing) that just crop up! There’s even a song-dance sequence bordering on the lines of an item number. Speaking of acting, Tamannaah is a real let down! The two lead actors, in addition to being total hunks, are in their element as warriors and quite a treat to watch in action scenes. Although Anushka does not have a major part, she does a good job throughout her screen presence.  It is the other actors like Sathyaraj and Ramya Krishnan who give what would be called, really good performances!

If you can ignore the silly/funny bits, this one’s a watch for the brilliant sets, hunky heroes, action sequences and the last scene of the movie that leaves you looking forward to the sequel set to release next year!

Rating: 3 out of 5 shors

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