MOVIE REVIEW: BAHUBALI (BEGINNING AND CONCLUSION)


SO, I FINALLY WATCHED THE PART ONE AND TWO OF THIS MOVIE AND I CRIED. I RE-WATCHED AGAIN AND I CRIED AGAIN. SO, I ASKED MYSELF, IS THERE ANY INDIAN LOVE FILM THAT DOESN’T END IN A TRAGIC WAY, OF COURSE THERE ARE DOZENS OF THEM BUT IT SEEMS LIKE THERE ARE SCORES OF THE ONES THAT END IN TRAGIC. FOR INSTANCE GHAJINI IS ONE OF THEM; WELL THAT’S MY PERSONAL VIEW.

SO, LET’S GO TO THE MAJOR REVIEW. AFTER I WATCHED THIS MOVIE, ALL THAT I KEPT CHANTING WAS “BAHUBALI, BAHUBALI”. THE MOVIE “BAHUBALI” IS OF COURSE AN INDIAN MOVIE FULLY SUBTITLED IN ENGLISH. INFACT, YOU MAY NOT EVEN KNOW IT IS AN INDIAN MOVIE OR THAT YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND THE LANGUAGE, BECAUSE IT WOULD SEEM LIKE YOU ARE SPEAKING THE LANGUAGE WITH THEM AS WELL AS ACTING THE MOVIE WITH THEM. EACH SCENE IS SELF EXPLANATORY; THEY ARE EASY TO UNDERSTAND. ALSO, YOU CAN DECIPHER THE CHARACTER’S EXPRESSIONS AND MOVEMENTS. THE COMPUTER GRAPHICS AND DUMMY USED FOR THE HORSE, ELEPHANT, PARROT, PIG, OXEN, BIRDS, DUCK, BISON, BOAR, FALCON, SWAN, ETC WAS SUPERB. THE MOVIE HAS ROMANTIC, HILARIOUS AND INTRIGUING SCENES.
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SO, THIS WEEKEND FEEL FREE TO DEDICATE ABOUT SIX HOURS WATCHING THE MOVIE. DID I JUST HEAR YOU SCREECH? YES, THE FIRST PART IS ABOUT 2HOURS 39 MINUTES, WHILE THE SECOND PART IS ABOUT TWO HOURS 42 MINUTES. IT IS QUITE LENGTHY, BUT I CAN GUARANTEE YOU THAT THERE ARE NO BORING SCENES. INFACT, YOU CAN’T JUST GET OFF YOUR CHAIR.

IF YOU ARE NOT WATCHING IT ON YOUR LAPTOP BUT ON THE TELEVISION SET, IF THE LIGHT GOES OFF AND YOU DON’T HAVE A GENERATOR, YOU WILL BE FORCED TO EITHER INSULT THE POWER HOLDERS OR INSTANTLY GO BUY A GENERATOR IN ORDER TO SATISFY THE URGE TO FINISH WATCHING THE MOVIE.
IN ESSENCE, THE MOVIE “BAHUBALI” IS EXTREMELY INTERESTING AND A MUST WATCH FOR ALL, ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT CRAVE FOR POWER AND WOULD DO ANYTHING ILLEGAL TO GET IT.

SO WHAT EXACTLY IS BAHUBALI ABOUT?
MAHISHMATI KINGDOM WAS RULED BY MAHARAJA VIKRAMADEVA, THE YOUNGER BROTHER OF BIJJALADEVA (NASSAR) WHO LOST HIS THRONE TO MAHARAJA BECAUSE OF HIS CONNIVING NATURE. BIJJALADEVA HATED HIMSELF AND EVERYONE BECAUSE HE LOST THE KINGDOM TO HIS YOUNGER BROTHER. HE WAS BITTER FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE. UNFORTUNATELY, THE KING DIED LEAVING HIS PREGNANT WIFE ALONE ON EARTH. BUT STIIL, NO ONE WANTED BIJJALADEVA TO RULE MAHISHMATI KINGDOM, SO HIS WIFE SHIVAGAMI (RAMYA KRISHNAN ) TOOK OVER THE KINGDOM. SHE BECAME THE QUEEN OF MAHISHMATI KINGDOM WITH ALL POWERS BELONGING TO HER ALONE. SHIVAGAMI COULD DO AND UNDO; ALL OBEYED HER DECREES. BOTH BIJJAJADEVA AND SHIVAGAMI HAD ONLY A SON- BHALLALADEVA (RANA DAGGUBATI)

MEANWHILE THE WIFE OF THE LATE KING- MAHARAJA VIKRAMADEVA DIED IMMEDIATELY AFTER GIVING BIRTH TO A SON. THE BABY WAS TAKEN TO THE QUEEN OF MAHISHMATI KINGDOM. SHE NAMED THE CHILD BAHUBALI AND RAISED HIM LIKE HER OWN SON. SHIVAGAMI IN AS MUCH AS SHE LOVED HER TWO SONS BHALLALADEVA AND BAHUBALI (PRABHAS, RANA DAGGUBATI), WAS FOND OF BAHUBALI (PRABHAS,) AND ALL COULD TELL.

ONEDAY, IT WAS TIME TO PICK A KING FOR THE MAHISHMATI KINGDOM AND IT WAS BETWEEN BHALLALADEVA AND BAHUBALI. IT WAS INDEED A HERCULEAN TASK AS BHALLALADEVA CRAVED FOR THE THRONE JUST LIKE HIS FATHER HAD ALWAYS CRAVED FOR THE THRONE, SEEMED LIKE HIS FATHER PASSED IT ON TO HIM.

SO, SHIVGAMA GAVE THEM A RIGOROUS TASK AND PROMISED TO CROWN AS KING WHOEVER SUCCEEDED IN THE TASK. THE TASK WAS TO FIGHT AGAINST KALAKEYAS KINGDOM AS WELL AS ELIMINATE THEIR KING (PRABHAKAR) AFTER SAKAWE (OF MAHISHMATI) TOLD THEIR SECRETS TO THEM. BHALLALADEVA AND BAHUBALI WERE GIVEN DIFFERENT ARMIES AS BACK UPS. BHALLALADEVA GOT MORE WEAPONS THAN BAHUBALI, BUT THAT DIDN’T DETER BAHUBALI, HE DEFEATED THE PEOPLE OF KALAKEYA, EVEN WHILE STILL SAVING THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE OF MAHISHMATI.

BAHUBALI ALREADY HAD KALAKEYA’S KING WITH HIM AND WAS READY TO KILL HIM, BUT BHALLALADEVA SIGHTING THIS FROM AFAR, CUNNINGLY KILLED HIM INORDER TO BE CALLED THE WINNER AND BE CROWNED THE KING. BUT THEN, SHIVAGAMI STILL PROCLAIMED BAHUBALI AS KING. THIS IS BECAUSE BAHUBALI WHILE TRYING TO DEFEAT THE ENEMY WAS ALSO CONCERNED ABOUT SAVING THE LIVES OF ITS PEOPLE WHILE BHALLALADEVA WAS JUST CONCERNED ABOUT DEFEATING THE ENEMY AND WINNING THE THRONE.

THERE WAS SO MUCH BITTERNESS IN BHALLALADEVA AND HIS FATHER- BIJJALADEVA THAT THEY SOUGHT WAYS TO KILL THE QUEEN MOTHER- SHIVAGAMI AND BAHUBALI.
OVERTIME, BAHUBALI FELL IN LOVE WITH THE PRINCESS OF KUNDALA- DEVASENA (ANUSHKA SHETTY).

WHEN BHALLALADEVA HEARD ABOUT THIS, HE CUNNINGLY WENT TO MEET HIS MOTHER TELLING HER OF HIS DESIRE TO HAVE DEVASENA AS WIFE. QUEEN SHIVAGAMI FEELING SO MUCH GUILT FOR NOT GIVING THE THRONE TO HER SON, WANTED TO COMENSATE HIM. SHE WANTED TO FULFIL THIS ONE REQUEST OF HIS AT ALL COST, OBLIVOUS THAT BAHUBALI AND DEVASENA WERE ALREADY IN LOVE.
BAHUBALI AND DEVESENA WEDDED IRRESSPECTIVE OF SO MUCH HATRED AND GAVE BIRTH TO SHIVUDU-SHIVA (PRABHAS). BAHUBALI’S ENEMIES PLAN TO KILL BAHUBALLI, DEVASENA AND THEIR CUTE SON SHIVUDU.

WHO ARE HIS ENEMIES? DID THEY SUCCEED? SO I DROP MY PEN AT THAT, NOW YOU NEED TO WATCH THE MOVIE TO KNOW HOW IT WENT DOWN. I AM SURE YOU WANT TO KNOW WHO AVANTHIKA (TAMANNAAH BHATIA), BHADRA (ADIVI SESH) AND KATAPPA (SATHYARAJ) ARE,

AND WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM? THEN YOU NEED TO WATCH THE MOVIE THIS WEEKEND. IF YOU HAVE WATCHED, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS.

YEAH, I REALLY NEED TO FIND THE COMPOSER OF ALL THE SONGS PLAYED IN THE MOVIE, ESPECIALLY THE SONG BY KHOYA HAIN WITH THE LYRICS “THE PRESEVERING ONE, YOUR BRAVERY WILL TAKE YOU FORWARD, YOU LEAP HIGHER AND HIGHER, FIRM, STABLE AND DETERMINED.”
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BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAY ALL THE ACTORS ACTED EXCELLENTLY; LIKE IT WAS HAPPENING IN THE REAL LIFE, IT WAS HARD TO FIND FAULTS IN THEM. THEY WERE SPOTLESS. THESE ACTORS ARE PRABHAS, RANA DAGGUBATI, ANUSHKA SHETTY, TAMANNAAH BHATIA, RAMYA KRISHNAN, SATHYARAJ, NASSAR

THOUGH ONE THING I FELT THEY COULD HAVE DONE BETTER IN WAS THE NAMING OF CHARACTERS. THE NAMES WERE TOO ALIKE. (SHIVA, SHIVU, SAGE, SANGA, DEVASENA, VIKRAMADEVA, BIJJALADEVA.)
I LOVE ALL THE SPECIAL EFFECTS, COMUTER WORKS ETC.

COSTUME WISE: EXCELLENT COSTUME. BUT JEWELRY WISE, THEY STUCK TO ONE PIECE FOR YEARS, EVEN WHEN BAHUBALI WAS RECASTED AS SHIVU; THAT IS NOT REALISTIC TO ME.
SOUND WISE: SUPERB
JUST THINKING:
• INITIALLY, I WONDERED WHY THE DIRECTOR HAD TO RECAST BAHUBALI (PRABHAS) WHEN THERE ARE GREAT ACTORS IN INDIA, BUT THEN AFTER WATCHING THE MOVIE, I REALIZED HE WAS TOO GOOD TO BE REPLACED. BUT THEN, I THINK THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN SOME SOUGHT OF MAKEUP THAT SLIGHTLY DIFFERENCIATED BAHUBALI FROM HIS SON SHIVU AND EVEN FROM THE GRANDFATHE. IN ESSENCE, THEY USED PRABHAS FOR THE GRANDFATHER, FATHER AND SON

• IT’S QUITE UNREALISTIC FOR THE PEOPLE OF MAHISHMITI KINGDOM TO STILL OCCUPY THE SAME POSTION FOR KATAPPAS LONG TALE. THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN SOME SORT OF CHANGE OF POSITION AFTER THE TALE

• I WAS WONDERING WHY BHADRA’S (ADIVI SESH) BODY WAS STILL WALKING AFTER HIS HEAD WAS CUT OFF, IT EVEN KNELT DOWN. EHEN!

• I WAS EXPECTING TO SEE MORE LOVE AFFAIRS BETWEEN SHIVU (PRABHAS) AND AVANTHIKA (TAMANNAAH BHATIA) AFTER THE WAR, BUT THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN. WE WERE ONLY LEFT WITH MEMORIES OF SHIVUS HALLUCINATIONS ABOUT HER AND THEN THE ONE-TIME SCENE THEY REALLY SANG TOGETHER.

• THAT BHALLALADEVA’S FATHER- BIJJALADEVA (NASSAR) IS EVIL. SO I AM WONDERING WHY THERE WAS NO PUNISHMENT METTED OUT ON HIM. I EVEN SAW HIM IN THAT LAST SCENE. HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A SAMPLE OF SHIVU’S NEW RULES FOR THE KINGDOM.HE ENCOURAGED HIS SON TO DO EVIL. HE MISLED AND DESTROYED HIM JUST LIKE HE DID TO SHIVAGAMI; A VERY CUNNING MAN.

• WONDERING HOW BHALLALADEVA GOT THAT SON, THEY NEVER MENTIONED HIS WIFE.
• THEN IF THIS FLOWER MADE SHIVU SLEEP, WHAT THEN WOKE HIM UP IMMEDIATELY.

• “BURY THE DEAD AND LEAVE NO TRACES”- WAS THIS LINE REALLY NECESSARY.


• I THOUGHT KATAPPA’S REASON FOR KILLING BAHUBALI WOULD BE BECAUSE HE SAID “FOR DEVASENA HE WOULD SACRIFICE ANYTHING’
• I AM WONDERING WHY KATAPPA DIDN’T MARRY
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• SEEMS LIKE THEY WERE SHORT OF NAMES- WHY DID BAHUBALI TELL DEVASENA HIS NAME WAS SHIVU; THE SAME NAME GIVEN TO HIS SON
• I HEARD THEM SAY OLE ON THIS SCENE- I AM WONDERING WHAT IT MEANS IN THAT LANGUAGE, BECAUSE ‘OLE’ IN NIGERIA (YORUBA LANGUABGE) MEANS THIEF
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CONFUSING SCENES: NIL

THUMBS UP:
BAHUBALI WAS INDEED AN HERO. HE INTERPRETED HIS ROLES WELL. HE WAS EXTREMELY FEARLESS AND HE SHEW IT IN HIS FACE, BODY, MOVEMENTS; EVERYTHING.


OVERALL RATING FOR BAHUBAALI
• STRUCTURE: EXCELLENT BEGINNING, EXCELLENT MIDDLE, EXCELLENT ENDING
• SOUND: SUPERB, YOU WOULD HAVE NO CHOICE TO DOWNLOAD THEM, ESPECIALLY.
• DIALOGUE: SUPERB
• CHARACTERS: FAMILIAR AND NEW FACES
• SCREEN PLAY: EXCELLENT
• SHOTS: BRIGHT SHOTS
• LOCATION: EXCELLENT. THE JUNGLES THEY USED AND THE FIELDS WHICH THEY FOUGHT THE WAR WAS ON POINT.
• REMARK: CAN’T REALLY FIGURE OUT ANY DISCREPANCY, IT IS ONE FILM PEOPLE CERTAINLY NEED TO WATCH.
• RATE: 9/10