Tammy Broccas May 26, 2018

Baahubali: The Beginning

Baahubali The Beginning, easily categorized as BB1 is an adventurous film of Indian Cinema in the genre of Historical Fiction Fantasy. It is a work of S.S. Rajamouli who was the director whereas the film was produced by Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni. Tamil and Telugu are the main languages of the film. The film had a record of highest budget in the Telugu genre. It has two parts and it is the most widely seen, appreciated, liked and awarded movie. ‘Bahubali the beginning’, has created a history in the cinema. It is a very bold movie with an extraordinary cast.

The film plot and script has been written and got approved in about three months, before the finalization. Basically, it was a story narration of a father to his son named Rajamouli, who got so intrigued with myths and classic comics and then he let his fascination and inspiration take the form of an entire film plot. M. M Keeravani is the man who is responsible for the composition of not only the soundtrack but also the background score of the film. Sabu Cyril managed the production design whereas the VFX were done by V. Srinivas Mohan and cinematography of the film looked well because of K. K Senthil Kumar.

The film was released on 10th July 2015 around the world and was declared the highest budgeted Indian movie as it was made in $27 million dollars which are ₹180 Crore as per Indian currency. It went all worthwhile as the reception of the Bahubali full movie turned out to be even greater than the budget consumed, making a grand record at the box office and registering itself as the highest grossing Indian film around the globe. In the South Indian films, that is a matchless record. Not only in Telugu even its Hindi dubbed versions have created records in Indian Film industry.

It has a 2nd part too which was released in 2017 as the Bahubali: The Conclusion. But the 1st part known as the beginning, received countless praises, awards, appreciations and acknowledgements in not only south but national and even international awards ceremonies.

Baahubali: The Beginning – The plot

Mahishmati is an ancient kingdom and the story of the film revolves around it. A woman fell in the waterfall but regardless of the fall and the threat to her life she is worried about saving the life of the baby she was holding. She dies by drowning but somehow manages to save the baby by holding it above the water level and out of danger. The baby gets the help and is saved and adopted by the local people.

Sanga (Rohini) is the woman who decides to adopt him and then named the baby as Shivadu (Prabhas). They reared him with love to their best wisdom and he turned out to be a very exuberant, sturdy and bold young man when he grew up. He also had an undying and burning curiosity about the waterfall that he has seen since his childhood and about where it begins from, and from where it falls down to them, what kind of land is beyond and around it. So, when he found a mask made of wood right below the waterfall his curiosity took the better of him and he decided to not only find who the mask belongs to but to actually explore the land beyond the waterfall and thus he finally climbed up the waterfall.

He figured out that it was the Avanthika’s (Tamannah) mask that came down to the ground, she is a strong woman warrior and thus becomes the woman of his dreams. She also falls in love with Shivudu for his courage to climb up the waterfall. While he was trying to woo Avanthika, he figured out that she was about to be sent on a mission of rescuing her former queen Devasena (Anushka Shetty) who was captured by the emperor Bhallaladeva (Rana Daggubati) of Mahismati.

She went with her rescuing group that was led by the queen’s brother and was about to be captured herself when Shivudu arrives and saves her. Not only that but he also decides to make her mission his own target, to rescue the former queen. He almost gets succeeded in freeing the queen and fled with her but was pursued by the king’s son Bhadrudu (Adivi Sesh) and the bravest & oldest slave-soldier Kattappa (Sathyaraj). Shivudu fights them and kills the king son and then the slave soldier Kattappa surrenders, realizing that Shivudu was not only a common soldier but is actually Mahendra Baahubali, the son of the former king Amarendra Baahubali.

He thus tells Shivudu the history of Amarendra, how he was an orphan and was brought up by his uncle Bijjaladeva (Nassar) and his aunt Sivagami. She was the one running the kingdom, and was rearing not only Amarendra but also her own son Bhallaladeva. She was getting them ready to fight for the kingship and thus they were taught well about arts, science, disguise, politics, and even warfare. Amarendra was always backed by his aunt for the kindness and compassion he had for the country and the people whereas Bhallaladeva was backed by his father who wanted to gain success at any cost.

They grew up together and kept training till they all heard that their country is in danger by the savages who will attack Mahismati soon. Sivagmi was enraged on the Inkoshi who was the king of these savages called Kalakeyas and thus, she and the chief minister agreed that whoso ever amongst Amarendra and Bhallaladeva will succeed in killing the king of Kalakeyas will be the future king of Mahishmati. So the both prince fought this battle with bravery but with their own separate ways and tactics. Amarendra reached Inkoshi first, but before he could behead him, Bhallaladeva used his smart weapon from a distance and killed him. This way, they showed their courage and power and thus Sivagmi decided in the favor of Amarendra for the tactics he used and for the shield he maintained regarding his group men. This way, Bhallaladeva won the battle but Amarendra won the kingship.

Listening to this whole narration, Shivudu got very excited to meet Amarendra but Kattappa thus told that he was killed by his own hands.

Bahubali: The Beginning – Production & devolpment

This film was made in Tollywood and till 2015 maintained to have the highest budget used in the production of any film. The film was an inspiration came out of historic story of Kannada released 1967 but not directly. S. S Rajamouli’s father took that inspiration and wrote a significant yet molded sequence. The star cast was announced in 2011 by S. S Rajamouli but the title of the Bahubali movie got decided by 2013, the same year when finally the shoot started by mid-year.

Athirappilly Falls in in Kerala were used for the beginning scene of the film. A set was erected to shoot the kingdom of Mahishmati but few scenes of the film were also shot in Bulgaria. K. V. Vijayendra Prasad wrote the script of the Baahubali movie.

The film used countless VES (Visually Enhanced Shots) and around 600 VFX artists from prominent facilities of Hyderabad, South Korea, Malaysia and Chennai. The film also used digital camera in the development as the cinematography was done by KK Senthil Kumar. The armory shown in the film that was used in the battle by the soldiers was designed by Sabu Cyril. M. M. Srivalli was the line producer whereas costumes were conceptualized and designed by Rama Rajamouli and Prasanthi Tipirneni.

Bahubali: The Beginning – Language used

First time ever in Indian Film & cinema industry, a new nonexistent language was formulated by Madhan Karky, for the sole purpose of the film known as Kilikili, this was used by the Kalakeyas. The words and vocabulary was simple. And the language had several grammar and phonic rules to it too. He formulated this language to induce excitement in the minor children he once taught.

Baahubali: The Beginning – Music

The music and soundtrack of the film plays a vital role in its recognition and thus it should complement the theme too. For Baahubali: The beginning, M. M. Keeravani, the cousin of Rajamouli made the music with sound assistance provided by Kalyan Koduri. Madhan Karky was chosen to be the lyricist of his songs. Music of the film was launched in July 2015 with 8 tracks in the album.

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion

This film is a 2nd part of the movie Baahubali the beginning and thus can be categorized as BB2. This is the conclusion part of the series which has established its fame in the action films of the Indian Fantasy movies. The film released on 28th April 2017. This part is also directed by S. S. Rajamouli and also conceptualized and written by K. V. Vijayendra Prasad who was the father of Rajamouli. Arka Media Works took its responsibility and thus it was produced by Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni. The star and lead roles were performed and justified by almost the same cast of the part 1 of the film Baahubali with some prominent names of Prabhas, Rana Daggubati and Anushka Shetty, while Ramya Krishnan and Sathyaraj.

This 2nd part of the Baahubali movie is the sequel continuation of the story that the oldest soldier named Kattappa narrated to Shivudu about his real father and his sibling for the kingship and how one of them betrayed the other and have him killed by slave soldier. Baahubali is filmed in the setting of an ancient India. In this sequel, the brother who was murdered named Amarendra, also had a son who returns unknowing his own identity and end up taking the revenge of his father and justice for his mother Devasena. This part is the conclusion of the story that is made in Telugu and Tamil. It got such appreciation and success worldwide that it also got dubbed in various local and international languages like Hindi, Malayalam, Japanese, Russian and Chinese.

However, the budget of this film was ₹2.5 billion but more or less the same brilliantly talented and visionary artists and designers handled the conclusion part, who were there to manage the 1st part as well. For instance, K. K. Senthil Kumar did the cinematography of the film whereas it was edited by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao. Production was designed by Sabu Cyril and was launched on 17th December 2015. Choreography of the action scenes in particular was done by Peter Hein. The film released with a record breaking video quality of 4K High Definition format. The designing of the visual effects was done by R. C. Kamalakannan who was also assisted by Adel Adili and Pete Draper.

It won ₹1,766.37 Crore after the release around the world. Baahubali: The Conclusion outperformed the highest record holding film ‘PK’ that released in (2014) to quickly become the most noteworthy grossing Indian film eve. It gathered almost ₹8 billion worldwide within a week after release. Inside India, it set numerous movies records, turning into the most noteworthy earning film in Hindi, and additionally in its unique Telugu and Tamil dialects.

Even the critics and the other famous actors from the industry couldn’t contain themselves from praising the film, direction, story, casting, effects and what not. It became the biggest film in the year of 2017 both in budget and in being the most grossed movie. This part of Baahubali also won many awards and accolades at different national and international forums in the categories of People’s Choice Award, Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment, Best Special Effects and Best Stunt Choreographer. It was featured internationally and thus gained international fame for the full movie and for Indian cinema as well.

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion – The plot

It is a connective sequel of part one The Beginning of Baahubali Film and so the plot resumes where the 1st part ended. The oldest slave soldier was narrating the story of two siblings fighting for the kingship and when one of them named Amarendra Baahubali was declared to be the king, how this soldier became the one who killed him.

He thus continued his narration to Shivudu. After the battle between the Kalakeyas and the force of Mahishmati which the latter won, Amarendra was chosen to take the throne whereas his brother named Bhallaladeva, the son of Sivagami became the commander-in-chief.

Amarendra was commanded to take the tour of the whereabouts of his kingdom along with the strongest soldier named Kattappa and he sets for it. There he saw Devasena who was from the Kuntala kingdom, next to Mahishmati. He instantly fell for her and tried to woo her as a simple man by disguising his true identity of a king. When Bhallaladeva heard about Devasena and Amarendra’s attraction towards her, he developed a lust for her and plotted to get her hand in marriage through Sivagami but Devasena not only rejects the proposal but actually replies back in insults. This ignites Sivagami and unknowing the feelings of Amarendra, she orders him to bring Devasena to her, as a prisoner.

Amarendra on the other hand, had fallen for her and thus he doesn’t only save her but also saves her kingdom from Pindaris with the assistance of Devasena’s cousin Kumara Verma. He woos her and proposes her to be his future wife but on reaching his own kingdom, he was forced to choose between his kingship or his love but Amarendra was a man of his word and was deeply in love with Devasena, so he lets go of the throne and marries Devasena, after becoming the Commander in chief.

Later in time, there ensued many clashes resulting in the banishment of Amarendra and Devasena from the royalty which they happily accepted and started living normally. But yet again, Bhallaladeva plots against Amarendra and proves to Sivagami that Amarendra wants the kinship back and thus he wants to kill Bhallaladeva. Sivagami trusts him and to nib the civil war between the siblings for the throne, she ordered Kattappa to murder Amarendra. Unknown of the intentions of Bhallaladeva, he killed Amarendra but later, he realized his mistake and convinced Sivagami as well, of their treacherous plot.

Sivagami was enraged and to do justice in her reign, she announced to the public that Amarendra was dead and now his baby, named Mahendra Baahubali will be the new king. This obviously enraged Bhallaladeva and he, along with his men followed her, so to assassinate her but she ran with the baby and fell down the waterfall, only after getting shot by an arrow that was aimed by her own son, to kill her.

He unknowing the fact that the baby will be saved and rear into a solid and powerful man, captured Devasena and attacked and destroyed her kingdom too. After the narration, the old soldier, Kattappa said that since these 25 past years, Devasena is in the prison and now that Mahendra (Shivudu) is here, he should take revenge for his father for everything that Bhallaladeva did and plotted against him. He should save Devasena and take his own reign in his hand.

Mahendra decides to fight for the honor of his did and thus he took revenge, after assembling a small army of his own including his love Avantika and Kattappa. Together they defeated the big army of Bhallaladeva and killed him, finishing his cruel kingship with him.

Thus Mahendra takes the throne with Avantika as his Queen and Mahishmati finally saw a peaceful time in the kingdom after a very long period.

Bahubali 2: The Conclusion – Production

This part of Baahubali film is also made in the Tollywood with both Telugu and Tamil language mix. K. V. Vijayendra Prasad wrote the whole script of the full movie and Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni were the producers. Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao became the editor whereas R.C.Kamalakannan managed the visual effects of the film which were widely appreciated along with the stunt scenes which were assisted by King Solomon, Lee Whittaker, and Kecha. The shoot began from the 2nd week of December 2015at Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad.

All the ancient costumes designs were made by Rama Rajamouli and Prasanth Tripuraneni. The cast was very enriching and few of them even took training of Martial Arts for the battle scenes and even go several injuries during the shooting. They also visited several wrestlers and worked out well to match the look of their designated roles. This part also had few scenes in Killikili language.

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion – Music

The soundtrack, music and background of this part of Baahubali is also done by M. M. Keeravani. The album of ‘The Conclusion’ of Baahubali film was released in April 2017 whereas the Hindi translated version of the same album was also made and released on 5th April 2017. The soundtrack of this part was released in March at a pre-launch event of the film.

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