Baahubali is a Tri-lingual movie released in Telugu, Tamil & Hindi, today. I watched this movie (Telugu version) at Rakki Cinemas, Chennai. Assuming that the Telugu and the Tamil versions are the same, I don’t think this movie will be a Super-Hit in Tamil Nadu. People might still like all the Fantasy, Sound, and Violence which is all there is to this supposedly Historical Fiction movie, but I didn’t like it. Perhaps it’s due to my individual taste/preference.
But the experience of watching the movie with so much crowd all shouting at the top of their voice is, I must agree, incredible! This kinda crowd/enthusiasm was there earlier for Rajnikanth movies in TN, but even Kochadiyan that had a much better story than this movie and had Rajnikanth in the lead, didn’t do that well in TN.
The movie started well. I loved the huge waterfalls amidst the scenic mountains. Wonder where it is . . . 😉 The movie makers did get the fantasy right at this part. The fight and the following scenes involving Tamannah (Heroine) was also fine. And yeah, the settings and art-direction is very good. They have created the historical world quite well.
But once Prabhas (Hero) takes up the responsibility of getting back his mother who has been chained for many years in the enemy kingdom, there is too much horoism, too much sound, and too much violence. I mean, I didn’t exactly expect the movie to be realistic (nowadays simple and realistic movies are doing very well in Chennai), but things should at least be believable?
The flashback and the war was too ghastly for my taste. I mean, if you like horror or if you like war movies where they show some 1000 people getting killed one after another, you might still like this movie. But that’s not my cup of tea! However, my biggest gripe is: there is no resolution/end to this movie. I knew this was Part I and all that, but they could have at least given a temporary resolution in order to make this movie feel complete?
How can a movie end while the flashback is still going on is beyond me!!
I guess this movie will become a Hit in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana as it is the home region. I am not sure about Tamil Nadu. I, for one, surely won’t watch the Part II of this movie.
All said, if you want to relive your college days, or if you are still in college, you might definitely want to go watch this movie in the Theater for all the noise (both on-screen and by people around you). The atmosphere was electric — even I wanted to shout and whistle during a few moments in the first half 🙂