It’s the big-day for Baahubali team. Ever since this India’s highest budgeted film of SS Rajamouli and Prabhas combo has hit the floors, Baahubali only got bigger and bigger with each day.
Baahubali has been referred as pride of Telugu cinema by many Tollywood biggies. It is no surprise to say that this epic-period drama is the most anticipated and much awaited film of 2015 in Tollywood, and the tickets have been sold like hot cakes despite releasing in record number of theaters. Did Baahubali team manage to impress? Is the massive hype worth? Did the successful Rajamouli continue his blockbusters streak? Read Baahubali Movie Review on Justtelugu.com
Baahubali: The Beginning Story
Sivudu (Prabhas), is the heir of Mahishmati kingdom. Unaware of his agonizing past, Sivudu is raised by tribals in forest, and he yearns for climbing up the mountains and explores the forests. He comes across Avantika (Tamannaah), and they strike an intense connection at their first sight. He gets to know her mission to set Devasena (Anushka) free from slavery imposed by King Bhallaladeva (Rana Daggubati). Set on a mission to accomplish, Sivudu now comes to know his macabre past and his roots, and of course about his father ‘Amarendra Baahubali’. The rest of the proceedings are to be watched on big-screens.
All the casts have done outstanding performances and are at their intense best. Prabhas looked like a macho and he is intense in his act, showing variation in both the roles of Sivudu and Baahubali.
Rana is a revelation and he makes a swashbuckling entry. He is splendid as Bhallaladeva, who is intelligently cunning and powerful. He out-shined in the role of Bhallaladeva and this is so far his best performance.
Anushka has limited role in the first part. But as Devasena, she is very impressive. Tamannah has major portions, and she is drop-dead gorgeous as Avantika in the first hour. This is Tamannah’s best look till date, and she is impressive too when it comes to performance.
Ramya Krishna steals the show as Shivagami. She is expressive, powerful, elegant and graceful at the same time. Very well done…
Sathyaraj as Kattappa gets a good share while Nasser is praiseworthy in a cunning role. Adivi Sesh impresses as cruel villain while Prabhakar is terrifying as Kalakeya. Rohini, Tanikella Bharani, Sudeep and Aditya Menon were limited in their roles.
Scarlett Wilson, Gabriela Bertante and Nora Fatehi sizzled in a hot item number.
Baahubali is undoubtedly the best technically brilliant film ever made in Indian Cinema. Senthil’s cinematography is outstanding while the background score and the musical scores are ear-pleasing. The sets, VFX works are on par with international standards and just out of the world. Salute to Sabu Cyril for his wonderful works. Fight department excelled. Rajamouli does a good job as director, although screenplay has its highs and lows. Arka Media Production values are grandeur.
Baahubali was released with incredible hype, and the reason behind this is not just Rajamouli-Prabhas combo, but its genre Period-drama. Baahubali however, has an expected story and has resemblances to Prince of Persia, Exodus, Croods. Two Princes fight for the crown, one wins the battle and crowned as king of the Mahishmathi kingdom. This also involves the political conspiracies, battles, rivalries, sacrifices, agonizing past and years later, others determined to emerge victorious over the evil.
Rajamouli executes story with royal outlook. The Mahismathi kingdom visuals are brilliant, while the characterizations are well-etched. The casting is too good and every artist was at his/her best. The film is visually wonderful, but it has its highs and lows. The bull-fight scenes, war episodes were radiantly picturized, and the look of these scenes are gigantic, with sheer technical brilliance.
While the emotions are gripping, we do expect more on heroism elements, considering it as Rajamouli’s venture who creates stunningly-packed elevation scenes. Sivudu’s role has fewer dialogues in the second hour. The first hour is a bit slow-paced with some dragged scenes, the second hour however looked rushed despite its lengthy run time.
Since there is a second part to it, we do feel the film ended abruptly, and the climax looked like the other interval Baahubali: The Beginning sets the stage for Part 2, which promises more.
On the whole, Baahubali is a visual grandeur and has never-before-elements seen on Indian screens. The performances are stunning and technicalities are brilliant. But, we did expect much more from Rajamouli and Baahubali just falls a bit short in the story line aspect. We hope the second part will be more superior and reach our expectations.
Baahubali – Visual splendor, yet we crave for more from Brand Rajamouli.