The storm called Baahubali(Bahubali) had almost brought many parts of Tamil Nadu to a halt before its release and such was the hype hovering around this SS Rajamouli's magnum opus. Does the movie offer what it promised? How is Baahubali(Tamil)? Check out our review to know.
Shiva, played by Prabhas, takes birth in the vast kingdom of Mahishmati and grows up wondering what might be stacked up on a hill top near his tribal village, which according to him is a fantasy world (it surely looks like one).
While how Shiva achieves his long term goal of scaling up the mountain is told with limited fascination, the story then takes us back to Shiva's parents, Amarendra Baahubali and Devasena, played by Prabhas(dual role) and Anushka respectively.
Palvaalthevan, played by Rana Daggubati appears as the protagonist, influencing the life of Amarendra Baahubali and Devasena in a bad way. Who is he, what does he do and what role does he play in Shiva's life forms the crux of this visually grand cinema.
Though Prabhas has put in all the efforts in the world to live up to his screen name, Baahubali, his lip-sync is pretty ordinary for a highly anticipated film. One might also feel that he could've showcased a little more anger and vengeance through his eyes in scenes which scream for emotions.
Rana Daggubati shines throughout and is extremely convincing and powerful as a baddie(which you expect in a Rajamouli film). He even outperforms Prabhas several times.
Anushka and Tamannaah provide two different shades, look wise and acting wise Anushka is unstoppable. It would be a shame if her screen space is limited in Baahubali 2. Tamannaah's acting is way below par.
The VFX stands tall from the beginning (except a few shots). The artificially generated waterfall and the entire kingdom of Mahishmati deserves a huge applause. In fact, visual brilliance helps Baahubali bail out of trouble, for it lacks a 'great' story.
The film takes time to settle in the first half which is slow and lacks fascination. The whole of Baahubali depends on its fast paced second half and the climax will leave you wanting for more.
Cinematographer KK Senthil Kumar has used the angles well to provide the film an ancient look. His efforts to make the movie visually believable might fetch him an award.
Bckground score by MM Keeravani adds strength to Baahubali. Editor Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao fails to make the first half interesting but achieves exactly that in the second. Wrong placement of an item song comes as a speed breaker in the second half.
With so much of hype surrounding the movie, Baahubali might disappoint you in terms of its content. Having said that, visually this movie is a class apart and provides a whole new experience.
Check out the slides below for some of the best scenes and interesting information regarding the movie:
The film was shot using Arri Alexa XT cameram, making Baahubali Rajamouli's first film using digital camera. The principal photography began at Rock Gardens in Kurnool on 6th July 2013.
Tamil lyricist Madhan Karky has written the dialogues for the Tamil version. The dialogues are on the lines of yesteryear Tamil historical movies like Manohara and Nadodi Mannan.
The film's action sequences were taken care by Peter Hein, who revealed that each and every shot was dealt carefully. For a particular action sequence, the Sivaji stunt master had to handle around 2000 stuntmen and elephants.
A song featuring Prabhas and Tamannaah was shot in a specially erected set in Ramoji Film City and was choreographed by K Sivasankar.
Sabu Cyril's Art Work
During the film's shoot for a particular sequence, Tamannaah stood under an artificial tree. She was actually tied to the tree to make sure she wasn't taken away by the strong winds.
Sequences In Bulgaria
The film's unit shifted to Bulgaria for a 25-day schedule in 2014. Though it was reported that the schedule was relocated to the foreign country as it couldn't take place in Hyderabad, the team refused such speculations and revealed that Bulgaria was always a part of the plan.
Prabhas was said to be admitted in an ICU battling several health issues and injuries inflicted while shooting for the movie. The actors however, rubbished such claims.
Rana Daggubati has silenced his critics by delivering a strong performance in the movie.
Sathyaraj's character is of prime importance in the movie and the veteran actor has once again delivered the goods.
Though Nassar's character is limited, he has made his presence felt in whichever scenes he appears.