Baahubali: A spectacular period war film
Critic's Rating: 3/5
Thursday 16 July 2015
Prabhas, Rana, Tamannaah, Anushka Shetty, Ramya Krishnan,Sathyaraj, Nassar, Sudeep
'Spectacular' is the one word that comes to your mind after watching hit machine SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali. It is must watch for its grandiose production values and breathtaking action sequences which are eloquently performed by two handsome hunks-Prabhas and Rana Daggubatti.
There is no big story and the plot is similar to any Amar Chitra Katha you have read in your younger days. Baahubali (Prabhas) and Palvaalthevan (Rana) are cousins and Sivagami (Ramya Krishnan) treats both of them as her sons after the queen dies during delivery. In a flashback, we are shown that Sivagami declares Baahubali as the king after he wins the qualifying battle and her own son Palvaalthevan as the commander.
Cut to the present, Baahubali is no more and Shivdu (Baahubali's son, played by Prabhas) rescues his mother Devasena (Anushka Shetty) from Paalvalathevan. The second part will tell us whether Shivdu avenges the death of his father or not!
Baahubali's biggest strength is its action sequences. Especially, the last twenty minutes war scenes which is splendid and it is a remarkable attempt for Indian movie standards. Rajamouli has perfectly used the screenplay to elevate the heroism through action sequences which is sure to be enjoyed by the masses.
The major drawback of the movie is its slow moving first half and the abrupt ending. The film is a visual treat and the scenes where the protagonist jumps from one mountain to the other and the way he lifts the shivalingam is a treat. Discussing about the performances, Prabhas is picture perfect for the roles of Baahubali and Shivudu. His powerful eyes and masculine body has provided the much needed mass factor for the film.
Baahubali must be the career best film for Rana Daggubati and he has capitalized the villain role given to him. Tamannaah as the ferocious Avantika is a revelation while Anushka's deglamorized look as Devasena is bold and daring.
Sathyaraj who comes as a loyal slave and war commander Kittappa steals the show with all his experience while Nassar impress us with his cunning act as Pingala Devan. Ramya Krishnan's brief yet powerful performance leaves a huge impact.
Technically, CG works in the battle sequence are amazing. Cinematography by Senthil Kumar is scintillating while dialogues by Karky are adequate. Though Maragathamani’s background score is pulsating and raises the tempo, songs are average and may catch up only after the film becomes a hit. Overall, Baahubali is an entertaining period war film which should not be missed.