Baahubali: Not a complete entertainer

Baahubali: Not a complete entertainer

Source: General


Critic's Rating: 3/5

Wednesday 15 July 2015

Movie Title

Baahubali: Not a complete entertainer


SS Rajamouli

Star Cast

Prabhas, Anushka, Rana Daggubati

Rajamouli's Baahubali is probably the first Telugu film that has attracted worldwide attention.

First things first, Baahubali as expected has mind-blowing visuals, special effects that are on par with Hollywood movies, never-before-seen action sequences on Indian screens and gigantic sets. Rajamouli, who proved his mettle with Magadheera and Eega, once again shows his mastery over visual effects. From the beginning of the movie to the last action scene, Baahubali offers rich imagery. Before the climax, there is a lengthy action sequence which is one of the best action sequences filmed in Indian cinema. But as they say, all that glitters is not gold, only a vacuum is seen underneath all the visual glitz.

With no emotional connectivity in the story, lengthy episodes that have no proper graph, Baahubali ends up as only technically brilliant movie. This one is the first part of the story; the second part of the movie is yet to be filmed. As the story is split into two parts, Baahubali The Beginning ends abruptly.

The movie tells the story of king Bhallala Deva (Rana), who rules the kingdom of Mahismati, unjustly taking the reins from his elder brother Amarendra Baahubali (Prabhas) after killing him and imprisoning his wife Devasena (Anushka). Baahubali's son is taken away by Sivagami (Ramya Krishna) to keep him safe from the evil Bhallala Deva. That baby is raised by some tribal folk and the boy grows up to be Sivudu. He falls in love with Avanthika, a warrior belonging to the gang that vows to free Devasena from Bhallaladeva. What happens next forms the rest of the drama.

It is a simple story that has striking similarities with the biblical story of The Exodus and as well as old Telugu movies like Marmayogi. This script is written by Rajamouli's father Vijayendra Prasad. The director in his impeccable style made the movie with grandiose sets and spectacular VFX with a huge budget. His hard work to make the movie a great visual experience has indeed paid off well. If only he could have concentrated on a better screenplay and invested more on the emotional quotient.

Prabhas in the titular character is fantastic. He is like a Greek god. He has put in a lot of effort. He looks majestic. Rana as the evil king is perfect to a T. Ramya Krishnan delivers her career's best performance after the Neelambari role in Rajinikanth's film. Tamannah is beautiful and has a limited role, Anushka is hardly seen in the movie and she doesn't make any impact. Nasser has a small role but he is very effective and his performance reminds us of Shakuni in Mahabharata. Satyaraj is very agile for his age in the role of Kattapppa.

The movie has astounding technical values. Senthil's cinematography is one of the finest works we have seen in Indian cinema. Sabu Cyril (absolutely great art work), Srinivas Mohan (Visual effects) and M M Keeravani (background music) did a superb job. Two songs are visually enchanting.

As a director Rajamouli has grown leaps and bounds, his work is comparable with the best of talent in the world. His grip and mastery over visuals, VFX, and action episodes is exceptional. But he missed this time as he did not come up with a complete entertainer.

Verdict: Visual extravaganza with little emotion.

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