Baahubali, The Smartest Indian Movie After Mughal-e-Azam

Nippula swasaga gundelo aashaga
Tharatharaala edhuru chuppulo
Aaviraine nee kannellu
Aanavallu ee sankellu
Raajyama ulikkipadu

SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali, a phenomenon, is one of the most influential Indian language films in overseas. Indian industry was waiting for such a movie for widening the market around the world. It has everything we go to the movies for. I rate this movie as the smartest Indian movie after K. Asif’s Mughal-e-Azam in terms of making, publicity, branding and release. Baahubali is artistically stylized action movie with high Indian flavor. The marketing and publicity, attracted audiences from outside the industry.

Few minutes into the movie, comes the epic shot of a baby (first-look poster of the movie). It is only one of a plethora of spectacles that Baahubali offers the audience. Backdrop of heavy water fall gives you the glimpse of the massiveness which follows. The electrifying Shiv Linga scene with Sivudu song, then the introduction of Tamannah as Avantika. She is so beautiful, we would have mesmerized even without the songs. Song could have avoided. Tamannah looks stunning in the song sequences and even more after the song. We enter the world of Rajamouli like this. Sathyaraj as Kattappa, Rana Daggubati as Bhallala Deva and Ramya Krishnan as Sivagami shines bright apart from Prabhas as Sivudu and Baahubali. Anushka Shetty as Devasena is relatively silent in The Beginning. Expecting more about Anushka in 2016, Conclusion.

‘Naa kodukku osthaadu. Vaade nanne vidupisthaadu.’

There are elements of Baahubali that western audience, who are not used to Asian movies, is improbable to identify with. Like, the heroism and the music tracks. It’s far more likely that non-south Indian audiences seized on the film’s exceptional beauty and its massive fight sequences. Looking at the few negative comments from India, I feel some things about Baahubali didn’t move well with home-town audience, like first action scene of the hero take place after an hour of dialogues, romance and character introductions. In India casual audiences expect massive explosive action scenes one after another when it is a huge budget movie and not songs (unless it is S. Shankar – AR Rahman) or dialogue oriented narration or few romantic scenes.

Nippulaa Swasa Ga is the best on screen and the most electrifying moments of the movie, the golden idol and following sequences, then the following scene, then the following, till the very end frame. The sweetness of the wild success of this movie around the world is that, it is very Indian, in every sense. The story, shots, slow-motions, dialogues, music tracks, songs, action sequences, emotional scenes, and heroism. That is the beauty. Look at the heroism in the scene: Kattappa – Shivudu. It is ultimate. How can anybody make a bigger one! Problem with the Baahubali is that, it sets a standard for big budget movies in India. Other mass-hero subjects look like dwarfs now. Making an Indian movie like a Hollywood movie is good but making an Indian movie with Indian flavor and asking the world to watch it is great. Chinese Industry did it. India is already late. Such movies help Indian Industry to reach brand new audience sectors which helps the future filmmakers. Movies like Avatar opens the door for movies like The Artist. 

Despite its flows now and then, like CGI in two or three instants and two avoidable songs, it is nothing short of marvelous. It is spectacle rather than storytelling: open up the world of Baahubali. Extravagant and breathtaking, Rajamouli blends the grace of visual art with the familiar Indian commercial elements. Intoxicatingly beautiful and absolutely simple. It is difficult to exaggerate the scale of Rajamouli’s visual triumph. Baahubali is Rajamouli’s masterpiece. It employs unparalleled visual splendor. Baahubali does not deserve Oscars but deserve all Box office records of Indian movies and with absolute zero doubt; it will reach there like a king. Baahubali – The Beginning ends with a question mark, thus making us wanting for more. Baahubali – The Conclusion releasing in 2016. I’m waiting.

‘Naa kodukku ochaadu. Baahubali thirug’ochaadu’ (Best suitable for the second part – first look poster)

The luckiest audiences are those who enjoyed this gigantic Baahubali in Telugu with Telugu audience. The theater experience was like watching a Rajinikanth movie with his fans.

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