Baahubali – The Beginning is a life-size portrayal of the immortal story of Baahubali – a revered Jain figure known for his mighty power, sharp wit and impervious determination. He was the son of Rishabhdev (the first Teerthankar in the lineage of Jainism) who is known to attain Enlightenment meditating in a standing posture for a full year. Creepers and vines grew on his body and birds made nests in his hair coir’s while he stood motionless with a focused intention to achieve Kevalya Gyana – the highest knowledge after attaining which one becomes a Master (Siddha).
S.S. Rajamouli – the master director of the movie, along with his team has won yet another feather for the crown of Tollywood by presenting this lovely tale in almost perfect manner. The entire crew of the movie deserves a pat on the back for the commendable team work in getting things right. The movie secured a super rating of 9.2 on IMDB and created raves while people flocked to the theaters like honey-bees. A cinematic revolution has been started with The Beginning which is planned to end with the much awaited Baahubali – The Conclusion in 2016.
The movie is inspired by the original story of Baahubali, tweaked to adapt to the contemporary audience with a touch of Indian epic legend – The Mahabharata. Using Hi-End technology and rich visual effects like 300, the Jain historical classic has been presented with a captivating story and exquisite details. Featuring Tamannaah, the South Indian Siren playing Prabhas’s love interest in the movie while he portrays the original Baahubali with his hulky metal biceps, hefty 6-pack abs and lamppost’s height.
The sets are larger than life and flawlessly fit in to support the herculean characters of Baahubali and Bhallaladeva. The main plot revolves around the eternal conflict between the Good and the Evil represented by the two brothers of the same blood just like the original tale. Baahubali was known for his mighty physical strength as the name literally means the one with powerful arms. The protagonist grows up with a strange tribe who worships Lord Shiva, situated at the bottom of an insurmountable waterfall mountain range while his destiny lies at the top of the cliff, in the Mahishmati kingdom – led and ruled by Bhallaladeva. He is named as Shiva by his foster mother Sanga, from the tribe who considers him to be a boon of the Lord.
It is a story of Valor and Deceit, of Courage and Love and of Authority and Invincibility and leaves a mark on the audience who leave the theaters with their jaws dropped open anxious to see the next part. The first half of the movie showcases excellent visual effects and well-practiced stunts by the hero with a thrilling story that slowly picks the pace. Prabhas – the famous Tollywood hunk with his super-large biceps and mountain-like figure is seen jumping from the impossible cliff only to succeed after many lost attempts to reach his destiny. In the real story – the Baahubali after deciding to quit the war and avoid the bloodshed took up the Kayotsarga posture of meditation to attain the Kevalya Gyana (the highest knowledge).
Kayotsarga in Sanskrit means a Yogic posture of Jain Meditation in which one stands immovably. It means to shift from the body (kaya) and to rise (utsarga) towards the Ultimate. A Divine calling from above the Mountains urges Shiva to try and climb the inconceivable cliffs to reach the top and discover the purpose of his life. In an attempt to look for the answer of the ultimate question- “Who am I?” he climbs the unsurpassable goal using his supernatural acrobatics and the power of the Lord Shiva. Tamannaah presents herself as Shiva’s dream girl flaunting her snowy white body luring him to reach atop.
The story speeds up and keeps the audience engaged for its full running time which is approximately three hours. Ramya Krishnan, the famous south star known for her versatile roles, plays the Godmother (Rajmata) of the Mahishmati Kingdom and delivers excellent performance with her throaty voice and fierce looks. The movie also showcases various other famous South Indian stars such as Rana Daggupati playing Bhallaladeva, Anushka Shetty and Satyaraj for all the four released versions Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu. Leave a couple of weak points and sharp turns in the story, the movie is a recommended must watch and worth every penny you spend.