The film is exactly what a blockbuster should be.
Baahubali (English: The One With Strong Arms) is a 2015 two part Indian Telugu epic film, written and directed by S. S. Rajamouli. Produced by Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni, the film is primarily made in Telugu language. It is simultaneously made inTamil language as well. There will be dubbed versions in Hindi and Malayalam. Baahubali features an ensemble cast of Prabhas,Rana, Tamannaah and Anushka Shetty in the lead roles, and Ramya Krishnan, Sathyaraj, Nassar, Adivi Sesh, Tanikella Bharaniand Sudeep in crucial roles.
The film is presented by K. Raghavendra Rao of Telugu movie industry, while K.E. Gnanavel Raja and UV Creations presenting theTamil theatrical version, Karan Johar is presenting the Hindi theatrical version, and Global United Media is presenting theMalayalam theatrical version. The soundtrack and background score for the film is composed by M. M. Keeravani. Sabu Cyrildesigned art for the film. while V. Srinivas Mohan is the Visual effects supervisor.
The project is touted to be the most expensive production in the history of Indian cinema. Baahubali also one of the few films featured in BBC’s documentary on 100 Years of Indian cinema directed by Sanjeev Bhaskar.The film was shot using Arri Alexa XT camera marking Rajamouli’s first film using digital camera and the principal photography began at Rock Gardens inKurnool on 6 July 2013.
The world of S S Rajamouli’s “Bahubali” is decidedly strange – there are arid plains alongside cascading waterfalls, and tropical gardens magically emerge from snow-clad mountains. But the Telugu director’s imaginary world in the first film of a two-part epic fantasy fits in so well with the story that such discrepancies don’t matter.
For two-and-a-half hours, “Bahubali” (which means the one with strong arms) consistently delivers top-class entertainment and spectacle, which is not true of any movie to have come out of Bollywood in a long, long time. Rajamouli’s scale and vision are as towering as the waterfall that forms a crucial part of the film’s backdrop.
The film’s biggest achievement comes from the fact that it marries Hollywood’s grandeur of scale with an inherently Indian tale of good and evil. The use of computer-generated imagery to depict the tale of ancient kingdoms and bloody wars is clearly inspired from the Ridley Scott and “Gladiator” school of film-making. And the result is a near-perfect mix of entertainment.
Shivudu (Prabhas) lives at the foot of a massive waterfall that fascinates and frustrates him at the same time because he is never able to scale the slippery rocks or the mountain.
But when he eventually makes it to the top of the mountain, he discovers a kingdom in turmoil. Bhallaladeva (Rana Daggubati), the despotic king of Mahishmati, has imprisoned Queen Devasena (Anushka Shetty) for many years now. Shivudu, unaware of his connection to the kingdom, spends his days wooing Avanthika (Tamannaah Bhatia), one of the followers of the queen. But when he replaces her in a mission to rescue Devasena, his past unknowingly catches up with him.
In spite of intense visual effects, Rajamouli never lets the story slacken, revealing twist after twist right until the end. He uses every single cliché – song and dance, mother-son bond, good-versus-evil battle and sibling rivalry – but doesn’t stereotype them.
The cast blends perfectly with the look of the film. Prabhas is the perfect male specimen, with rippling muscles and washboard abs, displaying charm and intensity with equal ease.
Daggubati looks menacing and Bhatia has more to do than just simper and smile, which is a big deal for a movie like this. In fact, the women in “Bahubali” are more than just decorative items, which is worth applauding, because it is easy to make it into a film about machismo.
The film, produced by Karan Johar and Anil Thadani, is an adrenaline rush, a spectacle of the kind we haven’t seen from an Indian film-maker before and hopefully it is a sign of good things to come. Rajamouli ends the film with a cliffhanger so that you buy tickets to the sequel that comes out next year.
The entire movie was made on a budget of Rs 250 crores and two parts have been made. The part one released on 10th July, which itself has set the Box Office registers ringing. Part two is said to release in 2016.
Box Office Report
Within 24 hours of release, SS Rajamouli’s “Baahubali” (‘Bahubali’) is breaking box office collection records of Indian films.
According to sources, the movie has already garnered Rs 50 crores from morning and noon shows, while in Karnataka the prediction report reads Rs 10 crores.
The latest box office report for the movie from the US suggests that the film has collected over $1 million on its opening day.
Initial official reports say the collection stood at $1,010,550 from 118 screens, beating that of Aamir Khan’s “PK” and Kangana Ranaut’s “Tanu Weds Manu Returns”.