SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali has conquered the box-office across the globe. It’s a proud moment for every Telugu Cinema Lover as Baahubali is listed as one of the best films of 2015 in terms of visuals and collections. Here are 11 reasons why every movie lover should watch this epic.
- True Blockbuster
Touted as the most expensive film made in India with a budget of somewhere around 250 crores (of two films). The meaning of blockbuster in Indian cinema is not the same anymore. Earlier, it should have had a big star and nothing else. Spend big bucks and earn big bucks was the mantra. Not now. There is a grand epic with storytelling gusto. The reason why it has earned 150 crores in just three days is testament to the fact that people don’t come to watch big stars, they come for cinema.
Groundbreaking Visual Effects
Be it the groundbreaking visual effects, the lush imagery of cinematographer Senthil Kumar or the production design by Sabu Cyril. It would be a worthy experience if you watch the film even without the sound. The waterfall sequences are especially stunning.
Fun fact: The film was shot on location at Athirappilly falls in Kerala, nicknamed the Niagra falls of India.
4. S. S. Rajamouli
Rajamouli caught our attention with the brilliant Magadheera and the stupendously enjoyable Eega. He made us believe in a fly taking revenge and now he makes us believe in a sprawling epic. It is his conviction in his story that involves us as viewers. Usually, it’s big stars that draw in the crowds. Baahubali proves Rajamouli is the star here, if we need to assign credit to one human. This makes him the biggest film director in the country today.
Prabhas as Baahubali
Let’s not forget the lead actor because in all fairness, if Prabhas wasn’t upto the challenge of this mega-budget film, we would not have rooted for the character. He spent a year working on his body, learned horse riding and sword fighting. Apart from physical effort, you can see his sincerity to the material.Take a bow, Prabhas!
6.Bored of Bollywood
Mythical Indian Setting
For those who are bored of mindless entertainers where our top actors stoop down to silly comedy with no stories. Baahubali is a film that stays true to Indian storytelling tradition and makes amazing use of Indian landscapes. It also draws from the great Indian epics – Ramayan and Mahabharat. If you’re tired of Bollywood films and wish to seek a genuine story, Baahubali is your answer.
7. Mera Baahubali Aaega
Anushka Shetty as Devasena
No film on the Indian screen is complete without melodrama. There is bad melodrama and there is the good kind. AnushkaShetty plays Baahubali’s mother who reminds us of Raakhi from Karan Arjun. All that was left for her to say was “Mera Baahubali Aaega!”.
Ramya Krishnan as Shivagami
Us Bollywood folk haven’t seen her much in films but she is one of those actresses whose presence is registered even with one film. You may have only seen her before in Bade Miyan Chote Miyan but she is a force to be reckoned with. Tamannah Bhatia is also really good here, but her character suddenly loses her ambition and strength after the entrance of a man in her life as he makes her a “lady”. Instead Shivagami is a character who is relentless and comes into her own as the story progresses.
Rana Daggubati as Bhallaladeva
Rana Daggubatti is an excellent in the film. It almost made us wonder if he should have played Baahubali instead. He’s been trying to break into the Bollywood mold with Dum Maaro Dum and Baby being his notable performances. But this could be where he gets more recognition with the Hindi audience.
10. Battle Scenes
Awesome Battle Scenes
The second half of the film goes into a flashback which contains a 30 minute battle sequence. It is one thing to have the guts to mount such a sequence; it is another to hold your interest. Rajamouli directs these battle sequences with amazing clarity and you are a part of the action throughout.
Satyaraj as Kattappa
There’s no other way to say this: Kattappa is the best thing in Baahubali!
We saw Satyaraj in Chennai Express where he played Deepika Padukone’s father. Appa’s favorite car is not the one on this film’s mind. Satyraj plays the most bad-ass character in the film. He is a character that shows strength of arms and brains. He is a loyalist, a rare character that has character. His actions in the film are the most confusing and interesting and yet he is given the final word in the climax of the film. He is a major part of the cliffhanger, which makes us anticipate the second part more! More Kattappa!
Go See For Yourselves!
The film isn’t perfect. There are a few weird moments. The Avanthika character is every feminist’s nightmare. For a film that claims to be incredibly Indian, it has a bit too many foreign influences. You can spot where Avatar, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Troy and other films with battle scenes has been casually lifted. These are minor nitpicks when the film works so well on many levels. There is no reason why you should miss this film.
So since you have the 11 Reasons Why You Should Watch Baahubali. Bring on Baahubali: The Conclusion!
Written by Nikhil Arora and this piece was first published on http://timc.co.in/blog/