14 May, 2021

Bahubali: The Beginning

Has a ‘been there, already seen in Hollywood’ feel to it.

Bahubali: The Beginning

Starring: Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah, Anushka Shetty, Ramya Krishnan, Sudeep, Nassar, Sathyaraj
Directed by S.S. Rajamouli
Rating: **

Does size matter? Not quite. In 2012, S.S. Rajamouli made Eega aka Makkhi, which eme­rged as a thoroughly enjoyable ride of a film with a small fly for the protagonist. Everything gets scaled up in his new outing, Bahubali, save entertainment. Despite the talent that has gone into making this larger-than-life spectacle, it doesn’t prove to be half as bewitching as Eega. Yes, there are some incr­edibly well-mounted sce­nes and eye-catching imagery—the child Shiva held above the water by the wounded mother figure Sivagami (Ramya), the hero Shiva’s (Prabhas) ride up the waterfall, his romance with Avantika (Tamannaah) in the midst of the butterflies, the...

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