Bahubali : The Begining : Movie Review
Bahubali is an ambitious and sincere attempt to make an Indian blockbuster war movie. The central plot of the movie is a dispute between brothers (Baahubali and Bhallaladeva)and their fight for the throne of Mahishmathi Kingdom.
The story spans across 2 generations. This is first part of the epic drama. The first half which is weak compared to the amazing second half. The story starts where Shiva as a village boy and how he manages to climb and cross-over the huge waterfall to reach to tribal camp and meet the beautiful Tamannah. In the first half, the director tries to add an element of love in the war movie and creates few scenes which are completely not required for this film at least. Meanwhile, Rajamouli ( Director) narrates the story well, creates a battle plot till the interval and movie go into flashback mode where brothers fight for the throne in the second half.
The strongest point of the movie is an incredible battle sequence of the second half and spectacular visuals created by Art director Sabu Cyril and cinematographer KK Senthil Kumar. The film sets the Indian movie bar high in terms of creation landscape and the Mahismati Kingdom. The beautifully-imagined fantasy kingdom that has been created with impressive detail and holds the audience to the epic drama. In fact, the fake waterfall and city are more believable than the real humans is the success of Rajamouli's VFX team and cinematographer.
When to you talk of screenplay, the writer of the movie has done a fantastic job and in developing the characters. The character named " Katappa" has been established by first scene with his honesty and loyalty to the throne. Another high point of the story is the more evenly matched the protagonist and antagonist and the greater the tension between them for the throne. Also, what's at the stake has been answered very clearly by the writer that it's the throne that they are fighting for.
Character-based dramas tend to be the longest films because the revelation of back-story always takes time, but here Rajamouli and his writer did a remarkable job in revealing the back story very well. It is said that director should create memorable entrances to get the grip of audience and scene, and u see that "this idea "has been very well used by Rajamouli with massive entrances everywhere across the movie.
The biggest success is handling of support characters like Shivgami (Ramya Krishna ) Sathyaraj as Katappa. The movie is a big hit if the audience starts talking and getting interested in support characters. This is what is happening with "Bahubali" where support characters being discussed a lot.
Rajmouli "Bhaubali" is a visual story-teller, and everyone who loves visual effects and larger than life sets and the gripping story would love it.
It's worth watching the movie as It says too much, and yet leaves too much unsaid for part two.
Note - Few killing senses may not go well with less than 5-year-old kids.