Starring: Sathyaraj, Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Nassar, Ramya Krishnan
Director: S.S. Rajamouli
S. P. O. I. L. E. R. S.
For two whole years, the nation has wanted to know. The reason why Sathyaraj’s Kattappa drove a sword through his idol’s torso, both of them silhouetted against a wall of blazing fire, have successfully wrung Indian curiosity like few other movies can boast of, Bollywood, Kollywood or any other wood. Baahubali: The Beginning riveted me with its sheer enormity of ambition. Rajamouli’s venture into an original historic saga was boldly conceived and confidently executed, the sheer charisma of its intention outshining most, if not all, of the budget and storyline tussles. Prabhas came across as a younger, more effervescent avatar of Rajnikanth, Tammannah made the most of her lazily tangential role and both Sathyaraj and Rana Daggubati formed opposite beams against an Amar Chitra Katha-esque backdrop of raging waterfalls, prancing dupattas and exposition-spewing villains. With a cliffhanger promptly on cue, Baahubali One promised what few Bollywood movies have been able to- a sequel that stands as a pre-planned offspring instead of a drunken mistake.