Bahubali:The Beginning. Movie Review.

Asha Desh By Asha Desh, 3rd Dec 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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My take on this movie, which begins intriguingly and promises more to come.

Bahubali:The Beginning. Movie Review.

Directed by the famous director, S.S. Rajamouli, “Bahubali: The Beginning” is the first part of two cinematic parts. It was highly touted as a must see movie. So, I just had to go see it.
The basic story is not new to Indian films. Set in a plot of fictional history, it is a story of two brothers who are at war for the sake of the kingdom, a sentiment that traverses through the generations. While the saga of good versus evil is familiar, the unexpected twists and turns in the latter half of the movie hold the audience captive. The last scene of unexpected revelation almost guarantees the return of the audience to watch part two of the movie, to end the suspense.
The film boasts of spectacular visual effects. It showcases natural scenery of breath taking views of waterfalls, mountains, and forests. No expense has been spared in the filming of the war scenes or the opulence of the palatial dwellings of the royal family.
Compliments are due to the actors Prabhas and Rana on training for the warrior roles. They have taken great pains to exercise and workout for bodybuilding, to flex their real muscles required for those roles. Tamanna as Avanthika has done well, exhibiting grace and agility. Anushka and Ramya have given credibility to their strong roles as Devasena and Sivagami. All the other supporting actors and actresses have given good performances.
The movie opens with a gripping lead scene, with the queen mother escaping with the baby prince, in a violent storm. I settled down and was completely immersed in the movie. As I watched the movie unfold, I experienced a sense of Déjà vu every now and then.
The heroine Avanthika, reporting to the chief, is depicted as a rough and tough, young, female warrior. She runs around in the forest and has a feisty nature. Later on, her feminine aspects are highlighted. She then exhibits tender love for the hero, Shivudu. This bears resemblance to the character of the heroine in the movie “Avatar”. The bow and arrow scene of this beautiful young girl is very much reminiscent of the scene from the movie “The Hunger Games.”
It is hard to miss the similarity of scenes from the good old classic movie, “The Ten Commandments”. The war scenes for the second half strike a familiar note to that epic movie. One particular scene where Bhallala Deva is shown lamenting the fact that his cousin stole the show, as he is resting on a solid throne, cloak around him, is a sure throwback to Yul Brynner as Rameses in “The Ten Commandments.” The script rings a bell as well. “So let it be written, so let it be done” was a great line in that old movie. “This is my word, and my word is law”, repeated said by the queen in Bahubali, is a similar motif in this movie.
The character of the loyal slave/servant resembles the character played by Amitabh Bachchan, in the Hindi movie “Ekalavya”.
The story writer, Vijayendra (father of the director of this movie) has taken many a leaf from the Indian scriptures. The main theme of the movie, about the two brothers, one who was disqualified because of a physical disability, with the throne going to the younger brother, who subsequently died prematurely, follows the story of Dhritharasthra and Pandu, in the Mahabhartha. The scene of the fighting of the bulls, is not borrowed from Spain, but taken from Krishna fighting the bulls to win a wife. Shivudu moving the Shivalinga to help his mother perform her ritualistic pooja is similar to the incident of Ravana bringing the Atmalinga to earth for the sake of his mother and creating BhuKailasa.
True, a lot of stories have parallels. So, I congratulate the writer, who has sewn so many stories, together. I also congratulate the director who has sewn a number of scenes from other movies together.
It is indeed a great production. People, who have never seen or heard any of my above remarks, will thoroughly enjoy it. Those like me, who see some parallels, will still enjoy it. My remarks are just statements of observations. Apart from the similarities, the film indeed boasts of very good original direction and technical effects.
All in all, it makes for an enjoyable time in the movie theatre, away from the realities of everyday life. It is certainly more spectacular on the big screen rather than watching it at home. I am eagerly looking forward to the sequel, “Bahubali: The Conclusion”!


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