U/A; Action/Drama Courtesy: Mid day
Director: SS Rajamouli
Cast: Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah Bhatia
Thanks to S.S.Rajamouli’s superb imagination in writing (screenplay by Rajamouli along with Rahul Koda, Madhan Karky and Vijayendra Prasad) and execution, this magnum opus turns out to be an experience that should be enjoyed only on big screen.
The story opens with the story of the mighty man Shiva (Prabhas Raju Uppalapatti) who belongs to the royal family of Mahishmati kingdom (/) but due to a twist of fate, raised by a tribal family. Shiva and the kingdom is divided by a gigantic waterfall and in spite of a burning curiosity and several attempts Shiva is not able to reach the other side. It is finally the lure of a beautiful girl, Avantika (Tamannah) that gives him the push and the courage to pass to the other side.
On the other side is a breath takingly spectacular, imaginary world (aided by VFX effects) which is part snow, part green and part warzone. No, no let’s not let logic meddle with fantasy in this one.
However, the subjects of Mahismati kingdom are an unhappy lot because their current ruler Bhallala (Rana Duggubatti) and his scheming father are mean and cruel. And this is where Shiva realises that he belongs here and he has an important mission to complete.
Prabhas is perfectly cast to play the larger than mere mortals, super mighty Bahubali part.. When this man with rippling muscles, admirable physique and twinkling eyes, picks up an entire shiva linga to move it to a better place, or tears through thousands of enemy soldiers to straight get to their senapati, there is not a moment of doubt that he isn’t capable of doing all that and more. Rana Duggubatti and Tamannah are limited in their acting capabilities but fit snugly in the whole scheme of things. Accomplished actors Ramya Krishnan, Sathyaraj and Nassar give good support.
It is to the director’s credit that every aspect of the film, action, mind boggling set designing, and even the choreography lives up to this epic film of gigantic scale.. The choreography in the song that has Shiva disrobing Avantika to get her in touch with her feminine side, is an absolute gem.
Don’t miss it.
Courtesy: Mid day