S.S.Rajamouli is basking in the glory of the success of Baahubali. Recently he gave a television interview to a leading channel and he made some interesting revelations. It is known to us that S.S.Rajamouli’s dream project in Mahabharata. Rajamouli revealed that he will cast Jr.NTR as Lord Sri Krishna in this epic saga. Rajamouli further went on to say that Jr.NTR is the only available option for the role of Sri Krishna if and when he goes on to make Mahabharata. This came much to the delight of this talented actor’s fans who are ardent fans of Rajamouli as well. Considering the acting prowess of NTR, we have no doubt that he will be a perfect fit for this role.
Internationally acclaimed editor, Vincent Tabaillon, has officially joined the crew of “Baahubali: The Beginning”, India’s biggest motion picture. Tabaillon is well known for his work in “The Incredible Hulk”, “Clash of the Titans”, “Taken 2” and most recently, “Now You See Me”. Originally from France, Tabaillon began his career editing popular French feature films, notably for Luc Besson’scompany EuropaCorp.
His career took off with his collaboration with director Louis Leterrier on the films Transporter 2 and The Incredible Hulk, followed by Now You See Me. His other prominent projects include Taken 2 for 20th Century Fox, The Prodigies for Warner Brothers and The Legend of Hercules for Summit Entertainment.
Tabaillon has joined Team Baahubali to edit the international version of the film, which is to be screened at international festivals and shown to sales agents, and distributors before a wide release across the world. This version will differ from the original film, which was just released successfully in India and select cities across the world for the Indian diaspora. We expect a cut by the end of August.
“Baahubali: The Beginning,” is an epic period drama directed by the renowned director, S. S. Rajamouli and produced by Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni of Arka Mediaworks.The country’s most expensive production till date, the film is said to have set a new standard for Indian cinema.
The original storyline of “Bahubali” must have been exactly like it was illustrated in the Amar Chitra Katha comic by the same title (whose influence was always acknowledged by maker SS Rajamouli) – two brothers Bahubali and Bhalla born to the same king vie for the Mahishmati kingdom, the king and the queen decide to have a decathlon of disciplines in which they compete with each other and the winner is one who is the mightier, nobler, kinder and the most-skilled of the two. [pullquote position=”right”]The much-awaited “Bahubali” takes us back in time to an enchanted world of a man whose destiny drives him from wilderness to take charge of a lost kingdom. Despite shortcomings, Rajamouli weaves a visual extravaganza that will make Indian film industry proud.[/pullquote]Eventually, Bahubali wins but he becomes spiritual and renounces the kingdom in favour of the same sibling who rivalled him since childhood. This part, the spiritual part could well be the second part (“Bahubali: The Conclusion”). But the part of the rivalry between the two brothers is inter-twined with a bizarre twist of a dual role by Prabhas who plays both the legendary Bahubali – competes with Bhalla Deva (Rana Daggubati) – as well as the younger Bahubali. The story gets padded to make a neat Chandamama tale of a son abandoned by a queen mother on the ravages of an empire, rescued by a tribal village living on the edge of its waterfall.
Young Prabhas grows up in a hamlet ending on the riverside of a waterfall raised by Rohini. He grows up true to his name as a mighty and valiant man who can lift boulders, uproot trees and carry weighty Shiv Ling easily.[pullquote position=”left”]Prabhas looks thoroughly convincing in his title role – he has the best metrosexual looks in the South after Hrithik Roshan and makes the most of his body frame with an occasional swagger and twitch in the face to give back mouthfuls. Rana Daggubati, finally gets a role that suits his Herculean body-frame and the mischievous twinkle in his eyes [/pullquote]His destiny, she wishes is more towards Godly worship but it takes a turn towards romance with a Xena-like warrior Tamannah and eventually in the direction in which Tamannah takes – to the kingdom of Mahishmati ruled by the wicked king Bhallala Deva (Rana) in order to liberate Deva Sena (Anushka) from his clutches. Will Bahubali Jr. rescue Deva Sena, challenge Bhalla and find who his real father is and how he perished? That forms the second half.
What makes “Bahubali” tick is the extra-ordinary visual feast and the detailed presentation of the main motifs of the story. While the first half has dazzling scenic grandeur in the forestry filled with lavish waterfalls and snow-capped valleys, the kingdom of Mahishmati towards the end of the first half and the whole of the second half takes the cake for extravagant settings although the graphics tell what is real and what is surreal. Like an Amish Tripathi work of mythological fiction, Rajamouli depicts the raw energy, swashbuckle and chivalry about the men and women who fight for a cause or a kingdom’s army and their paraphernalia of steel body-shields, helmets, bows, quivers and arrows, spears, boomerang balls hoisted on adjustable metal rods, maces, helicopter chariot-cars, the whole array of infantry and artillery formations and those gun-shot spherical balls which unnerve the opposing armies. We may have seen many of these in Hollywood films but the thrills of watching them again in a kingdom not far from our native settings definitely make the film a worthy watch. In the entire duration of 159 minutes, a few action sequences stand out in the first and second half like Tamannah’s rescue act by Bahubali Jr and the sequence of Bhalla’s men chasing Bahubali post-erection of Bhalla’s statue.[pullquote position=”right”]What makes “Bahubali” tick is the extra-ordinary visual feast and the detailed presentation of the main motifs of the story[/pullquote]But the one that steals the show and undoubtedly gets the hat-tip from the audience is the magnificent detail and cinematography of Senthil that went into the battle ground action that comes in the climax of the film. Stretching well beyond 35 minutes, this sequence will be remembered forever as Rajamouli’s finest output in building pace and emotion in a war scenario – something that will be benchmarked for Indian films hereafter and revered until Rajamouli himself decides to outdo himself whenever he is ready with a retelling of Mahabharat-Kurukshetra (his dream project). Most films which had even average story redeem themselves in one or two action sequences – but Rajamouli aced it up well on this count with eye-popping imagery and action by Peter Heins on this battle sequence where a grotesque-looking one-eyed King Prabhakar is outwitted and eventually outplayed by the Trisul formation of Bahubali, Bhalla and Satyaraj. I feel kids who soak up on Hollywood action movies of the BCE era will flock to see this sequence – it is that gripping and majestic. There are at least four or five mini-action sequences which sizzle.
Action forms the nub of the film and one sees Rajamouli revel in this art – his main flaw is the fleeting romance between Prabhas and Tamannah. It is cute but not cute enough to embellish a serious tale like this which doesn’t have too many twists and more or less relies on flashback to render variety to the plot. Because Anushka’s meatier role is trapped in flashback which may be unveiled in the sequel, the romance part could have got beefed up in the second half, all we see is one rocking item song of three new “bad” girls from Bollywood. Comedy is seriously amiss but this has never been Rajamouli’s forte nor the mainstay in his films. Performances-wise and Characterisation-wise, Prabhas looks thoroughly convincing in his title role – he has the best metro sexual looks in the South after Hrithik Roshan and makes the most of his body frame with an occasional swagger and twitch in the face to give back mouthfuls – one scene rewinds you to “Chhatrapathi” but overall Prabhas delivers with a serene and supra-confident look throughout – if only his dialogue delivery improves he will outrun everybody else. A tanned Tamannah is the real surprise packet in the film – she is taut, lissome and makes the right moves to pursue her mission in the role as well as entrance Prabhas. The opening song of “Dheevara” in which she first appears makes the audience drool over her demure looks. She shows that glamour with action is the right prescription for her to go places. Rana Daggubati, finally gets a role that suits his Herculean body-frame and the mischievous twinkle in his eyes – he gets a rare opportunity to gather some sunshine eluding him so far – by sparring with Prabhas in a never-before plot. He speaks the best Telugu in the film industry and if he can select roles like this instead of wasting his time in Bollywood as an also-ran, he can resurrect his fortunes. It doesn’t matter whether you are a hero or a villain – screen presence is all that matters and he has plenty of it, as proved in this film. Screen presence is also there for two other noteworthy characters in the film with standout performances – one is Ramya Krishna as Sivagami, the queen mother. She is impressive and gives a dignified performance without diluting the tempo throughout. Her dialogues also uplift the main character of Bahubali in revving up heroism and bravery. Satyaraj gets the most interesting and convincing role in the story – as a slave-general who stands like a pillar of the Mahishmati Kingdom – his costumes and his transition into a trusted lieutenant adds weight and respect for his role. That one sequence of sword-fighting with a “Cameo-performing” Sudeep (“Eega” fame) is a real paisa-vasool. Satyaraj’s characterization is similar to another famous Amar Chitra Katha comic which depicts the legendary fall and rise of one of the most famous slave kings of the Delhi Sultanate – Balban. Sudeep, as an Arab trader makes a style statement even in a five-minute cameo. Nazar is forgettable. Prabhakar, as the gory and barbarian king who slugs it out in the climax battle gets a great role that will go down well with the masses – those bits of Turkish and Arabic tongue that he lashes out on the battle-field are the only comi-villain moments of the film. Anushka doesn’t have a role in the film except to show as a damsel in distress and in chains. Her best role is yet to come and those who loved the teaser of her role as Deva Sena will have to wait longer till 2016.
Technically, the film is brilliant in all aspects except in portions where the cardboard stills of the kingdom were not shown as authentic as the SFX. Editing lags a bit. MM Keeravani’s songs looked better on-screen than the soundtrack because of some good effects. The most melodious track “Pacha Bottesinaa..” is cut short after the first line of lyrics – this is quite typical of Rajamouli who squeezes in more action than the moments that can cascade some romance and relief. He has edited out the best song of “Eega” (“Are Are Are Aree..”) likewise. [pullquote position=”left”]Bahubali is a rare treat on an Indian Canvass that made a once-in-a-generation noise and unlike other potboilers of recent past which bombed because of disparity between hype and expectations, this one has a better consistency check and good quality action-oriented entertainment. This needs to be celebrated and applauded despite its shortcomings.[/pullquote]But where Keeravani outclasses himself is in the BGM –he uses the sounds of the characters to cloud out his music sometimes, at other times, he uses bare silence to make the scene stand out. He is easily the most under-rated music composers of Indian Cinema – having got three different screen names in Tollywood (as MM Keeravani), Kollywood (Marakatamani) and Bollywood (MM Kreem). Only Rajamouli and few others like K Raghavendra Rao have used this home-grown talent called Keeravani well. The BGM for the film definitely makes the film more sonorous to watch. Senthil’s cinematography is definitely breath-taking – it uses more wide-canvass lens to make each frame pop out on-screen.
What mars the film, apart from lack of comedy and romance in full swing is the story which is uni-layered and the abrupt ending after the battle scene. Even if Rajamouli has chopped off some action sequences in the first half, the output would have delivered a knock-out punch had he concentrated on some emotions that failed to evoke – like the mother-son sentiment between Ramyakrishna and Prabhas, or the epochal moment of coronation or the pathos of Anushka or the sibling rivalry between Rana and Prabhas. But in all fairness, the output is consistent with Rajamouli’s talents and promise, it doesn’t disappoint and definitely deserves a watch once. In Hollywood films made on the Superheroes like Batman, Spiderman and Superman are never rated but get a universal applause, even if they are under-rated. In my view, “Bahubali – the Beginning” is one such film – it is rated for the part of the critical analysis but the rating doesn’t have to influence your decision to watch just like the Superhero films. You will not be disappointed with it. This is a rare treat on an Indian Canvass that made a once-in-a-generation noise and unlike other potboilers of recent past which bombed because of disparity between hype and expectations, this one has a better consistency check and good quality action-oriented entertainment. This needs to be celebrated and applauded despite its shortcomings.
Telugu360.com Rating: 3.25/5
It has been a 3 year journey, how does it feel?
You have been with Rajamouli in most of his films. How is this film different?
I have been associated with Rajamouli since Sye. I have seen a constant growth in his story telling and use of technology which became big with Eega. The scale and budget has seen an escalation and we have attempted what no one ever did in Indian cinema. It is purely a fictitious film where we tried showcasing traditions like we saw in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon etc and other Chinese films.
What about this film touching people so much?
Whatever you have seen is a trailer is a visual. Generally when you see it, the connection happens. The cast and the previous film of the director and is being promoted as India’s expensive film. The emotional content is what might strike. So much of homework has gone into it. We were watching so many films to get some reference and show something different. Our concept artistes were working on it and it was complete team work. We were studying and wondering how Hollywood people must have used maximum numbers to get the real war feel. We trained 2000 people. My challenge was to capture director’s vision. The art director, costume designer’s work and finally the emotion that the artiste is delivering, needs to be captured and presented in a grand scale without losing any essence in any frame. It was a tremendous pressure as every frame had to show the grandeur, emotion and detailing that other departments have contributed and then, giving it to the visual effects department to get enhanced.
How long was the shoot?
The shoot happened for 350 days spread across two years, shot in all the seasons. We were equipped with it and shot in minus ten temperatures in Bulgaria. We shot from extreme heat in Hyderabad to continuous rains in Mahabaleshwar. The fog was major challenge as it was ten feet away in Mahabaleshwar and Bulgaria. The camera helped me in seeing in low light conditions. We could hardly see anything, but the big crew was stationed and we couldn’t stop shoot. We had to shoot in worst weather conditions and still give it a good look.
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Why is Rajamouli unique?
I love working in mythology as I am from theatre. I wait for such opportunities like fantasy, mythology. I have done various films but this is beyond Indian standards,. Indian cinema has evolved to a great standard of an epic, what I like in Rajamouli is he hasn’t set a time and genre for himself. Simhadri, Sye and he made a spectacular Magadheera and suddenly zeroes into a fly and makes a blockbuster and now does such a gigantic Bahubali. He has surpassed himself in this process.
Is it justified for the makers of “Bahubali” to sell the movie rights based on the collection figures of “Atharintiki Daaredi”?
As we go into the week which will see the release of much-awaited blockbuster “Bahubali”, it is relevant to note that valuations for this movie have touched a new high. Last heard that producer Dil Raju bought the entire distribution rights for the film for Nizam territory for a whopping Rs.25 crores. This is very high because the last record for Nizam touched Rs.24 crores for “Atharintiki Daaredi”. While the expectations were sky-high for “Bahubali”, what is arguable is whether “AD” valuation should be a benchmark for “BB”.
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ithout a villain, there is no hero, says critically acclaimed actor Nasser, who played protagonist in the much awaited multi-lingual Baahubali. As the movie heads to release amidst high expectations, we present you the exclusive interview of Nasser. Read on to know more about Baahubali secrets!
Why is Rajamouli unique?
[pullquote position=”left”]Rajamouli dragged me to do villain, I like doing such roles. Without a villain there is no hero. I got really excited when he narrated the story, even then I never thought it would be in such a big canvas.[/pullquote]
Any special effort?
Any comparisons to Bahubali?
Tell us something about your role ?
Your best moment?
[dropcap]S[/dropcap]ufi Syed: I never felt awkward !
It requires courage to portray a lesbian in Telugu cinema.Sufi Syed is playing an important role in a film directed by Vijayendra Prasad. Born in Iran, she had done her schooling there before shifting to India. She has been here around ten years now and has even completed her graduation in Mumbai. Sufi talks about her big break, “I got a call from Yashraj Films for Lift Karadhe show. I got selected and I was a winner of that show, that was in 2010. At the same time I appeared for auditions and got selected for Le Gaya Saddam with Raghubir Yadav. My next film is with Naveen Chandra. I did a second lead in that and it is directed by Rajamouli’s associate Jagdeesh.”
[pullquote position=”left”]Muslims don’t allow kids to get into acting normally but when I moved to modelling, parents initially objected.[/pullquote]
About her family and career she elaborates, “I am from a family of doctors, my dad, mom and my brother are all into medicine. I wanted to be a lawyer, a psychiatrist and many other people in one life. This is the only field you can play different roles. I don’t want to die being a doctor only. I am well versed in Taekwondo and martial arts, and grew up wanting to be a an actress. Muslims don’t allow kids to get into acting normally but when I moved to modelling, parents initially objected. My attitude, my looks, my smile…my eyes are my assets. I also worked in a Hollywood film called Game Of Shades in which I played a lead role, my co-stars were Ron Gilbert in Godfather, Donna Paymer etc. I am working in three different industries.”
Vijayendra Prasad was looking someone to play an American, I am Andrea in the film , and I never felt awkward. Such roles will only develop my acting skills. People will love it n accept it and there is something more to it. This is very important, if you remove my character it will affect the entire story. It is a sci-fi fiction and I am doing all the fighting sequences on my own and I am loving it. I find it very interesting. I always wanted to do such kind of stuff. There is a special song in the film that revolves around me.”.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he title Baahubali just came out from me..it wasn’t thought about, it was spontaneous. It has nothing to do with history, says script writer Vijayendra Prasad.
1) When did the idea of making Baahubali trigger?
Three years back my son Rajamouli came to me and said he is making a film with Prabhas and wanted me to write a story. He likes swords, horses and emotions and wanted a period story, he also said that every character in the story should have a logical ending; a third dimension, they should be in flesh and blood and with grey shades.
2) How long did it take to develop it?
Next day I narrated the last scene in the first part of Bahubali. I could see the spark in his eyes, then the second scene was about a baby placed on a palm emerging from the waters. I could see the same spark in his eyes. The third scene was from the second part of Bahubali. It was totally unconnected, I knew he liked it and it took three months to develop it. The moment he started narrating it to others and discussing it, I knew he liked it. He usually doesn’t do that.
3) What was the necessity for a sequel?
There were too many scenes, the justice wasn’t being done to all so it was imperative that we make two parts. [pullquote position=”left”]If Bahubali, the hero in the story is important so are others, we can’t write them off…..may be in footage they could occupy small space but the importance is monumental.[/pullquote]
4) Why name it Bahubali?
The title Bahubali just came out from me..it wasn’t thought about, it was spontaneous. It has nothing to do with history. Then I got to know that in the North of India, Bahubali meant a title, any great person is called Bahubali, nothing to do with Gomateswara.
5) What importance does Baahubali hold at the box office?
Narrating a story gives me complete happiness, getting money, being paid is just a bonus. I love my craft so much. I want the film to be a hit for two reasons. A producer has believed in a vision, if he doesn’t get his money back, it is not fair at all. This is a project that will take Indian cinema to the next level. The hero is Shobu Yarlagadda, there is always a smile on his face even as the budget kept escalating. Next hero is Ballary Sai, the distributor.
6) Any happy moments?
Of course yes. My son told me his ambition is to make Mahabharat. Bahubali is a big test to check if he has it in him to do it. Our country has rich heritage and culture, great history, this is Seva and nothing less than that if we make the epic. There was a poll recently in Tamil Nadu, Shankar got 170 votes and Rajamouli 180. The latter shows variety and the former deals with the wrong done to the society.
The much-awaited Baahubali movie is creating waves across film circles. While everyone is cross fingered as to what the movie would revolve around, Rana-who essayed a key role-in Bahubali has revealed the plot of the movie.
Rana, Prabhas and others who essayed important roles in this flick are in Mumbai to promote Bahubali. Speaking to the media, Rana said that Baahubali is an action drama between two brothers who try to adorn a prestigious throne.
The movie is apparently set in the backdrop of earlier century where kings and kingdoms existed. Bahubali is going to be released in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam.
The sources said that Rajamouli, who worked on this movie for nearly three years, got a whopping 60 rupee crore remuneration while Prabhas was offered 40 crores. A new language was created for this movie, which will be spoken by antagonist.
Not just in India, but Baahubali is being awaited by film enthusiasts across the globe. It wouldn’t be exaggeration to state that this movie would undoubtedly escalate the standards of Indian Cinema in the international market.
Baahubali’s audio was recently released at Tirupati. The movie is slated for a grand release on July 10 this year.
Prabhas starrer Baahubali is creating waves across Tollywood and Bollywood circles. Thanks to director Rajamouli for working on the pre-production for one year. The hard work involved in the movie is clearly projected in the recently released trailers of Baahubali.
Some video game freaks said that the movie trailer looked like a video game. They reminded of some strategy games such as ‘Age of Empires,’ and ‘Age of Mythology.’ These video games basically enable the player to build their empire and then attack the other kingdoms through various strategies.
A few other video game enthusiasts said that Baahubali might be made into a video game. All in all, it’s a good thing that Tollywood is reaching Hollywood’s range.
Ever since Baahubali went on floors, the project’s development hass been hampering for various reasons. While the captain of this movie–director Rajamouli is going ahead with unshaken determination, he’s at the receiving end of shocks in the forms of piracy and criticisms.
It is known that Baahubali audio was allegedly pirated and released on internet by fraudsters much before the audio release, senior actor and character artiste Suresh has given another shocket to this ace director.
Suresh, last night, tweeted that he wouldn’t support Rajamouli hereafter as the director felt Suresh and Suman to handle character roles in his movies.
How and when Rajamouli will come down on these unwanted criticism has now become the topic of the town.
Sensational director Rajamouli, who is apparently on cloudnine after the release of Baahubali audio in Tirupati, has tweeted that he forgot to mention a few names who were helped him in making of this most awaited movie of the year.
He has said that he–like an idiot forgot to thank Nandamuri Balakrishna. He even thanked veteran director K Raghavendra Rao besides producer Shyam Prasad for bringing in the VFX industry to India.
Rajamouli even tweeted that Baahubali songs are available on iTunes. It may be noted that Baahubali is one of the prestigious projects of Rajamouli, who is apparently looking at breaking his own record–Magadheera that received critical appreciation for screenplay and visual effects.
A large number of fans flocked to Tirupati to take part in the audio launch function. Earlier, there were reports that Baahubali songs were pirated and out on online platforms much before the audio release. Putting a check to such rumours and susceptability for pirating, Rajamouli didn’t postpone the audio launch event for the second time.
Baahubali has Prabhas in the lead role while Rana and Sudeep are playiing antagonists. Anushka and Tamannah are female leads.
Rajamouli is an ace film director who predominantly works in Telugu movies. Many movies such as Simhadri, Eega, Magadheera and Vikramarkudu kept Rajamouli ahead of all contemporary directors in Telugu film industry. He is currently working on the most anticipated big-budget historical action drama, Baahubali, which is slated for a grand released in 2015.
Rajamouli was born in 1973 in Kadapa. Right from his childhood he was interested in movies and started off his career with ETV as a serial director under the guidance of K Raghavendra Rao. He eventually managed to rope in NTR, the grandson of NTR, for his debut movie Student No 1 that was released in 2001.
After a decent gap of two years, Rajamouli directed Simhadri casting NTR in the lead role. This movie not only became a sensation but even gave good boost to NTR’s career. The next year, in 2004, Rajamouli came up with Sye, a college drama set in the backdrop of rugby game.
With the success of Sye, Rajamouli entered into ace directors’ list. His next movie Yamadonga too grossed well at the box office. Rajamouli directed Magadheera, a fantasy movie packed with high-end graphics, that broke all the records.
In 2010, Rajamouli casted comedian Sunil as protagonist in Maryada Ramanna movie. This movie, like his all other movies, stole the attention of film critics and fetched profits to producers.
Rajamouli stunned the film enthusiasts and critics with Eega movie as it’s the first of its kind movie in Indian cinema wherein a house fly played protagonist. He then teamed up with Prabhas and Rana for a Hollywood range movie, Baahubali.