Baahubali – The Beginning, the first installment of the series, graced screens worldwide with magical box office numbers.
Bhallaladeva conquers the kingdom of Mahishmathi and kills Amarendra Baahubali. Shivudu, Baahubali’s son living in a forest, returns to the kingdom to seek revenge. The narrative often feels familiar, resembling other movies in the same genre, such as Troy or Kochadaiyaan. The story, essentially an expanded bedtime tale with attempts at adding twists and heavy dialogues for a thriller touch, doesn’t aim to impress with its narrative or message. Instead, it focuses entirely on delivering visual entertainment.
Awe-inspiring cinematic experience
Just like his previous works (Eega, Magadheera, Chathrapathi), SS Rajamouli meticulously develops the main characters, providing ample scope to please the audience. While the story may not leave a significant impact, the visuals and grandeur compensate, leaving a lasting impression. The imagery is unparalleled, featuring near-perfect scenes with bold and vibrant use of color and scenery. Baahubali boasts marvelous, in-your-face graphic war scenes, depicting fierce fighting with body parts flying as warriors confront the enemy.
The film is gory, but it’s presented as artistic gore. Baahubali offers a chilling scene, transitions to a massive snow scene, provides goosebump-inducing moments, and culminates in an epic fight scene. Every detail, from colors and costumes to the atmosphere and background, receives meticulous attention. The movie is poised to attract a whole new fanbase for another genre of Indian cinema, akin to how Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon did for its industry. Rajamouli’s Baahubali stands out, being more groundbreaking than Shankar’s Endhiran, particularly in its potential to bring international audiences closer to Indian cinema. SS Rajamouli has truly excelled in bringing this extraordinary creation to the screen.
- Visual Effects and Art. The best to come from India with absolute no doubt and can match any Hollywood movie. The visual effects are certainly where Baahubali succeeds on every level.
- Cinematography by K. K. Senthil Kumar helps to create the breathtaking visuals.
- MM Keeravani gives breath to the massive visual treat with his songs and tracks.
- Tamannah, Rana, Ramya Krishnan and Sathyaraj. The cast is charming in their rather operatic fashion.
- SS Rajamouli. For his great vision and imagination. He has given a movie with international appeal and will benefit future Indian films.
- Action Scenes. The film is completely action-packed; have some of the most mesmerizing and memorable battle sequences.
A Visual Masterpiece: Crafting Unforgettable Scenes
Powerful elements of the story combine with the visual effects and contribute to the almost awe-inspiring scenes that truly take your breath away. For example, the statue scene.
Negatives? One song. You know which one I am talking about. It was completely unnecessary. Apart from this, the ending is not climactic. Despite the striking atmosphere throughout the movie, the ending is actually weak.
Baahubali is so beautiful and stylish. Then why does it not feel complete? It is because of the lack of emotional impact. With Baahubali, SS Rajamouli has expanded his vision and focused on action and beauty in the background, but the characters remain the central focus instead of the story. That lies the problem, the only problem.
Extraordinary Designs and Execution
SS Rajamouli has come close to achieving perfection through the marvelous and wonderful Baahubali. The designs and execution are extraordinary. The film shines because all the cinematic elements take us through a visual experience that probably has never been matched by an Indian movie. It is a remarkable achievement and sets a new benchmark for big-budget movies that I fear not many will be able to meet in the near future.
Forget Hero, 300, and House of Flying Daggers; SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali delivers! Every scene is beautifully crafted, whether it’s the royal palace, the gold statue scene, or the war scene. It provides an awesome cinematic experience on the big screen. The movie, overall, is a tremendous experience that will leave you in awe. Although Baahubali may not be Rajamouli’s greatest script, it is a visual masterpiece. Baahubali is a visual tour de force that needs to be seen on the big screen to be fully appreciated. This is one of those movies that comes along once in a while.
Some flaws, but a great movie with spectacular visuals and some superb performances.
Cinephile. Learning the art of filmmaking. Script Writer of Amutha (Tamil) and Pattaapakal (Malayalam). Filmmaker.