Distributors (Hindi version): Karan Johar (Dharma Productions), A.A Films
Claps For: Direction, VFX, cinematography, background score, epic battle scenes, a surprise twist in the end, cast
Slaps For: Nothing
Popcorn Refill: Strictly Interval
Story: The film opens with a scene featuring a fatally wounded Sivagami ( Ramya Krishna) with a baby in her arms, running away from her pursuers who are after the child to murder him. Left with no other choice, she jumps into a river. However she soon succumbs to the gushing water-currents but the baby is saved by some people of a native tribe. He grows up as Shivudu (Prabhas), a man with unparalleled strength leading a carefree life in the land of lush green forests and glittering waterfalls. One day he comes across a mysterious woman Avanthika (Tamannaah Bhatia). It's a clear case of 'love at first sight' for him. Besotted by her beauty, he follows her and chances upon a cave where it is revealed that she is a part of a rebel group. Eavesdropping the conversation that takes place inside the cave, Shivudu understands that they want to rescue someone named Devasana (Anushka Shetty) who has been tortured for years and held captive by the evil King Bhallaladeva (Rana Duggubati), the ruler of the Mahishmati kingdom. Who is this Devasana and what turn will Shivudu's life take when he stumbles upon a painful truth that will change his identity forever?
Performance: Prabhas and Rana Duggabati's stellar acts are the highlights of the film apart from the mind-blowing VFX. The two actors are quite powerful in their respective roles and make this epic tale a memorable one! Tamannaah Bhatia as the mysterious warrior princess looks beautiful on the celluloid and has her 'femme fatale' moments. Anushka Shetty manages to express her pain and angst through her eyes and dialogues quite effectively. Ramya Krishna as 'Sivagami', Satyaraj as the slave warrior 'Kattapa' , Naseer as the envious, venom spewing 'Bijjaladeva', Sudeep's cameo role of a Persian noble named 'Aslam Khan' and Prabhakar aka the barbarian warlord 'Kalakeya' are impressive and add more interesting elements to the story.
Direction: Kudos to S.S. Rajamouli for not just dreaming big but also for translating it on the silver screen with such grandeur that has never-been seen before in Indian cinema. Looks like his latest outing is an answer to all those cine-goers who crib about how our films fail to match up the 'Hollywood' standards in certain departments. One can now say that this film is a beginning step for us and there are many more such miles yet to be achieved! Rajamouli's brilliant execution of the plot coupled with K.K Senthil Kumar's top-notch cinematography and Sabu Cyril's praiseworthy production design makes 'Baahubali- The Beginning' a visual treat! Manoj Muntashir's Hindi dialogues gel well with the film. The film has a bit sluggish first half but post-interval it is an absolute delight! Special mention for the action sequences that surely leaves the audience spellbound. Don't believe us then go and watch it for yourself! Last but not the least coming to the VFX part- we believe this film is an 'experience' that will linger in your memory for a long time. All thanks to those amazing CGI and brilliant visual effects!
Combo-on-Offer: Mythology+Romance+ Revenge+Action+ Top notch VFX
Verdict: We give the film Thunderous Claps for the director's vision, stellar performances, brilliant cinematography, epic war scenes and mind-blowing visual effects! This S-P-E-C-T-A-C-U-L-A-R fantasy tale is a must-watch for all!