Amarendra Baahubali is the common man's savior. The people of his town worship him like they worship God. His son, Shivudu unknowingly becomes their hero. His return to the village is the beginning of a fight against evil.Wikipedia
It’s exactly what a blockbuster should be. Hugely entertaining, without ever being dumb.I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Bahubali given that I watched a Hindi dubbed version of the original Telugu film. Rajamouli is indeed a visual storyteller, and he brings the curtains down on this first part of his two-film saga with a curious cliffhanger. I can’t wait for Part 2, which comes next year.
SS Rajamouli's film holds out many promises: of adventure and romance, love and betrayal, valour and weakness. And delivers magnificently on each of them.
What really makes the film work is that it is, at its heart, a fast-paced adventure, fuelled by themes of questing and redemption. Prabhas is exceptional as the lead, hulking yet charming. Rana Daggubati is perfectly cast as the villain, his performance layered with subtlety and nuance.
Baahubali, despite its epic dimensions -- with a tendency to copy larger-than-life Hollywood heroic tales like Ben-Hur and Troy -- fails at some level to draw us into the narrative. Even one of the first scenes of a huge statue being erected with the help of slaves works in a very limited way to capture audience attention or set the mood for images of flying swords and falling boulders.
Rajamouli has reserved all the grander and grandstanding for later, after interval. That’s when the film stands up and begins to strut like an epic. The battle scenes are monumental in scale and accomplished in detail, but lacked urgency and tension. Prabhas has some fun scenes, like when he literally slaps a sharp sword, and the fighting is rather convincing. But the acting, especially of Prabhas and Rana Daggubati, is very action-man like — grimace, clench, flex… But then, what are burly men to do when they have to slit, slash, slit, slash… Here’s hoping that part two will have the emotional drama that was missing here.
Finally, ‘Baahubali’ is a computer graphic dominated film with a weak subject. Though the makers and many have gone gaga over this film as this is an epic, visual wonder, ‘Baahubali’ is neither an epic nor a great one. It falls under a commercial film with computer graphics. More over these kind of folklore films have come to Telugu cinema which the present generation is unaware of. If you look at the old NTR and ANR films, they are comparatively much better than ‘Baahubali’, remember those old films are classics and were made with no computer graphics. You can watch it once!
The first part of the epic leaves behind dollops of rip-roaring entertainment to relish till it’s back to finish what it started in perhaps even more jaw-dropping manner. Rajamouli incites such confidence.
Scale of ambition: gargantuan. Quality of VFX: out of the ordinary. Content: only occasionally gripping. Final impact: pretty strong.
Touted as one of the most expensive films to be made in India, this highly anticipated part one of the two-part period epic, manages to enthrall you with its sheer scale and grandeur. Painstakingly made, paying acute attention to detail for the minutest of sound and visuals, Rajamouli (Eega, Magadheera) , who spent three years making this ambitious film ensures that the larger-than-life execution matches his grandiose vision.
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 is beyond your imagination – a film that takes Indian cinema to the next level. Don’t miss it.
In Baahubali, SS Rajamouli manages to break many rules even as he stays close to the formulaic path. The film has all the essential ingredients of a mythical epic.
...despite having a first half that is rather slow, and a ballistic second half, a film like BAHUBALI makes you proud that an Indian filmmaker dared to dream big and accomplished it. BAHUBALI is definitely not to be missed. Call it a box-office blockbuster today, but tomorrow, it will be remembered as a classic.
Rajamouli clearly has an eye for strong visuals, take the rain soaked action scene for instance, there is some terrific style on display there. Where he falters is when he decides to go by the book and does something commonplace like item numbers.
Bahubali is truly an epic experience. Had the story not been so jaded, this would've gone into the history books as an all-time classic. But that's not the case. It has its set of storytelling flaws, but even those are overshadowed by Rajamouli's ideas and execution. This is definitely worthy of being India's most expensive film. It's a definite movie watching experience.
Epic is an underrated word, used to describe trivial achievements in today's day and age. In Hollywood, epic is BEN HUR. In Indian cinema, epic can now officially be called BAHUBALI.
Audience Reviews for Baahubali
"Breathtaking visual spectacle which scores on all counts!!!"
The Indian film industry is the biggest in the world for the sheer volume of films which is being churned out every year. However, the budget which is being shelled are peanuts when you compare it to Hollywood. Well it actually makes sense after all the production team needs to reap profits which is kinda difficult if the costs are humongous especially for regional languages. But if the product is good, nothing should stop it from being a blockbuster which is exactly the reason why the producers have invested 250 C into Rajamouli's magnum opus "Baahubali: The Beginning". So will it be as awe-inspiring as promised???
A significant portion of the first half showcases as to how the blue blooded Shiva alias Mahendra Baahubali (Prabhas) was raised by the tribal folks in the foothills of the mighty waterfalls. As destiny would have it, Shiva was spurred to cross the waterfalls in search of lands that lay beyond. Eventually he does it & meets Avantika (Tamannaah), who happens to be part of a rebellion seeking to rescue the Queen, Devasena (Anushka Shetty) held captive by the fiendish usurper Bhalla Dev (Rana Daggubati). Shiva takes it upon himself to save the Queen but little did he realize that his genes actually belonged to the kingdom of Mahishmati.
Ever since the movie was announced, the hype & expectations surrounding it was understandable after all it was helmed from Rajamouli; the maverick behind "Magadheera", "Eega" etc. Anywaz his latest venture has lived upto expectations as his screenplay (inspired from Mahabharata) was engrossing for most parts except for the romance sequence which stuck out like a sore thumb. In the technical department, almost all the aspects were of supreme quality & totally worth the money spent on them. The VFX effects were mind blowing for most parts though the avalanche seemed kinda odd. Hats off to Sabu Cyril for his brilliant sets & Senthil Kumar for the breathtaking visuals. Last but the least, kudos to Keeravani's BGM & music which was in sync with the mood of the movie.
It's the first time that I have watched a movie of Prabhas & I should admit I was pretty impressed with the aura that he brings to the screen. Apart from his bulky physique, he fitted the character of the protagonist pretty well. Equally impressive was Rana Daggubati who seemed more than an equal match for the machismo Prabhas, But the pick among the lot for me was Remya Krishnan & Satyaraj who were exceptional in their respective roles. As for the rest of the cast, Anushka ought to be applauded for her de-glam look while Tamannah & Nasar were apt in their performances.
Verdict: The film has released in over 4200 screens around the world & from the reports coming in, it has shattered all opening day records by grossing about 60 C. It's definitely worth all the applause coming its way & I would have to admit I just cant wait for the second part to release. In short, you definitely got to watch this!!!
Overrated & Overhyped
It Is Nothing Like A Brilliant Movie.It Is Definitely Good.There Are Many Flaws I Can't Write All Though.The Melodrama Is Hard To Digest.The Songs Are Forced And Boring Especially That Item Song.But Praise To Rajamouli For Making Something Different And Nice
Rajamouli’s magnum opus “Baahubali : The Beginning” is spectacular, visually appealing.
About Baahubali – The Beginning: This is supposed to be one of the most expensive film (approximately 250 crore) in the history of Indian Cinema. It is a two-part Telugu Epic film written and directed by S. S. Rajamouli (Eega fame – Makhi in Hindi). It is simultaneously made in Tamil as well and dubbed in Hindi, Malayalam and French. Karan Johar presents the Hindi version. The first part has seen its release on 10th July, 2015 and the second part (Baahubali – The Conclusion) will be released in 2016. It is reported that some of the great scenes in the movie are shot in Rock Garden of Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh and a few other scenes are shot at Ramoji Film city as well as in Kerala (Adirapalli waterfall). It has two national award winning technicians, music director Keeravani and production designer Sabu Cyril. A battle scene is shot for 20 minutes, and it took almost four months to shoot. The movie has 2000 junior artists, 600 technicians, horses, elephants etc. The film contains approximately 4500 visual effects and computer graphics. Baahubali: The Beginning has been styled and spelled as bāhubaLi in posters and screen.
Rajamouli’s magnum opus has been designed on a very high scale, be it its production design, visual appeal, background score or narration. The war sequences shot in the movie have feel of Mahabharata (Even Rajamouli has mentioned in the media during his interviews that he was highly inspired from the epic Mahabharata). Some awe-inspiring visuals gave me goosebumps, especially magnificent waterfall shots and palaces.
As the name conveys, Baahubali means the one with strong arms. This first part of the movie introduces the story of Shivudu aka Shiva (Prabhas), his search for the reasons of being identified as Baahubali, and later unfolds the story of two brothers and their contest for the dynasty of Mahishmathi Kingdom. Indeed certain plots are larger than life and could have been unbelievable in the non-epic format, but the whole screenplay makes it very much integral part of the film. Lot of minute details is taken into consideration. Pre-intermission, every character is introduced so that the right background is set further.
The movie begins with introducing Mahishmati Kingdom and the nearby areas through map. It is heavy downpour, and we see Sivagami (Ramya Krishnan), who is injured badly and also hurt with an arrow pierced at the back, trying to save herself and a newly born infant from the enemies who are following her. She fights back and tries to put a brave front. She gets drowned but she keeps her arm with the child above the water level, whom she names as Mahender Baahubali. A group of tribal people rescues the child, whereas Sivagami loses her life. One amongst the tribal, Sanga (Rohini) adopts the child and brings him up as Shivudu / Shiva. He grows up completely ignorant of his lineage. Even as a child, Shiva was fascinated with the waterfall and the mountain, and he used to try climbing the same in spite of Sanga’s emotional blackmailing. Destiny makes Shiva meet feisty warrior Avantika (Tamannaah), and he also ultimately climbs the mountain with waterfall. He gets a new purpose which makes him land in Mahishmati Kingdom.
Post-intermission gets more gripping and riveting. The movie showcases the story of Mahishmati Kingdom. What could be the purpose of Shiva in going to Mahishmati Kingdom? What power play happens in the kingdom which resulted in the initial scene of injured Sivagami trying to save the child. Who was Shivgami ? How was Mahender Baahubali identified by people at the kingdom, though he went there for the first time? What is the story of two brothers Amarendra Baahubali (Prabhas in double role) and Bhallala Deva (Rana Daggubati)? How does the character of Kattappa (warrior slave of the kingdom) shape up in the film?
Certain scenes are awesome and breathtaking viz. Shiva’s attempt to climb the mountain with waterfall, Bhallala Deva’s (Rana Daggubati) fight with bull with bare hands, Shiva’s attempt to move and carry shrine stone on his shoulder, his deep dive in between the valleys of the mountain, swinging from vines so as to climb the waterfall, people at the kingdom erecting a golden statue etc. The 20-minute battle scene deserves a special mention. Very nicely shot.
Every actor in this film has done so much justice to their characters, be it Rana, Prabhas, Ramya, Sathyaraj, Nassar, Anushka, Rohini etc.
The first half although has some amazing shots, the second half steals the show with the story unfolding in a magnificent manner. Dubbed version has some lip sync issues as well.
The last frame of this movie definitely makes one look forward to its second part releasing in 2016. Although, it seems predictable, but Rajamouli’s treatment of the plot is certainly going to be interesting and worth watching.
Rajamouli’s magnum opus “Baahubali : The Beginning” is spectacular, visually appealing.
Grandeur Will Get You. ♦ 63%
The buzz forced me to watch it. And boy, was I enthralled.
Atheists must skedaddle, for this epic war drama takes references from Indian mythological history, which means some sequences will be specious for those thinking minds to bear.
A queen who is on her way to embrace death uses her supernatural powers to hand over an infant to a tribe habituating under a gigantic waterfall's catchment. This child whose destiny has some relation with what lies beyond the waterfall is the protagonist of the story whose crux lies in that beautiful thing majority of the filmmakers around the world love and majority of the audience around the world hate: cliché. So to speak, the plot where this kid grows to become a hunky man (Prabhas) who explores his background history and gets absorbed into a period world of power, war, and betrayal is purely basic on a pH scale. Of course, the God-like story makes only half sense. And it is up to the viewers to carry out the process of making the other half sensible.
It is apparent that telling a new story was never the intention of the makers. They use a tried-and-tested theory to showcase what they can do with the technical aspects. From the entrancing score to the monumental designs to the artsy CGI - everything works greatly in the film, entertaining its audience who feel feeble in front of the lively yet beastly characters. Although, there are instances where there was no blend between the CGI and the setup.
The mammoth setup and its design is the highlight of the film which demands total attention. Even though the film is long enough for the naysayers to rant about, there won't be any instance when one will feel bored with the events. The score itself is enough to hold you captive. The battle sequences and warfare are so good that anyone who has watched the TV series Game of Thrones (2011) will definitely be able to relate. So much for the epicness, I could even sense few sequences inspired from the series. Performances are better if you compare the actors' previous performances in other films. The blink-and-you-miss love story adds romance to the otherwise tense plot.
BOTTOM LINE: The first part of Bahubali is an extravagant feast for the dim Indian eyes which sets the bar high for future epic war dramas, if one is ready to ignore the loads of scenes that defy logic or science or both, ironically on a massive scale.
VERDICT: 6 stars out of 10. Watch it for the goosebumps.
Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES