Bahubali: The Begining was a declared hit, even before it had hit the big screens. Being advertised as the most expensive Indian movie ever made tends to have that effect. The storyline spanned generations and goes back and forth as per the requirement of the plot. The movie was the product of a very ambitious filmmaker who indulges in the act of breeding a stereotypical medieval drama along with a more ambitious overuse of VFX. No, I mean it. Really. Some of the scenes were extremely good, excellent to a certain point even but others just looked cartoonish. The scene where Shiva(Prabhas) tried to free is his mother(Anushka Shetty) and was escaping from the palace looked like Super Mario. And Super Mario, irrespective of how awesome it is, should not be the bar for the most expensive movie made in India. However, the battle scene when both Prabhas and Rana protected the borders of Mahismati from invasion was one of the fiercest and well-executed battle sequences in history.
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The acting looked average.Tamannah’s character Avanthika, a warrior and rebel, who plays the love interest to Shiva, is the biggest waste of screentime in the movie. He romance with the lead was just sloppy, way to dreamy and highly unrealistic, even for fantasy driven period drama. There are scenes that had me going “Oh SERIOUSLY”. Scenes such as one of the romantic songs, where Shiva kept distracting Avanthika, while tattooing her and giving her a makeover, just runs parallel to ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ where Kajol gets all prettier when she starts dressing like a woman or when Deepika Padukone stops wearing specs in ‘Ye Jawani Hai Deewani’ and turns into a beautiful maiden in a moment’s notice.
The plot, despite it obvious and outstanding flaws still ran smoothly and-and remained fast paced and true to the film. The movie is a tad long for a pilot but manages to establish the base for Bahubali 2 with a good climax scene; something most of us did not see coming. The main cast is extremely good looking in their characters. Rana Daggubati looks big and evil and-and would remind Game of Thrones readers of an evil version of young Robert Baratheon. Prabhas is a respected actor in the Telegu film industry and is known for his character driven roles. His sculpted body made him look convincing as Shiva and the titular character of Amarendra Bahubali but even his intensity seemed to fall flat at the time. Among others, Ramya Krishna as just queen Sivagami, and Sathyaraj as Katappa are seasoned actors and went about their job without a fuss.
The trailer for Bahubali 2 has released and reports reveal that it has become the most watched Indian trailer in a very short period of time. What viewers can expect from the movie is clarity on why Katappa killed Bahubali among other things. The sequel will be grand, even grander than the first in the franchise and will bring the series to a conclusion. The plot, which had seemed flat in the first movie could be expected to get better since the filmmaker has been done with the origin stories. And we might just get to watch the biggest visual spectacle of all time in Indian cinema.