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One epic war sequence at the end of a story that is not only half-hearted, but also half-told.Read more
Bahubali is appealing to the eye. The sets look exotic, the cinematography is breathtaking. The entire set-up is extravagant. There is one long, awesomely choreographed war sequence. And that's it. It is a 2 hour 40 minute long film. It has unnecessary songs that in fact, seemed cheesy to me - and this I felt after a long time. The story has some thing going about it, but it runs out of steam and/or money by the time the climax approaches. Given this list of pros and cons, it finally boils down to whether or not you can watch and like a film mostly for its scale and visuals.
Bahubali might have still been worth recommending if it were not for major plot points left hanging before “the conclusion” was declared. There were at least two sub-plots that were dwelt on through out the film, but weren't explained at all, let alone satisfactorily.
I also wonder, if the film would've worked better if it avoided the flashback and pasted the “history” before the current times instead of moving back and forth. A chronological telling of the story might have worked better in building the story.
But, from the way it has ended up, looks like the story didn't feature in the top ten priorities. It was more like the idea of shooting a great war scene came about and a story was conceptualised to justify the big war. A story that makes you feel it was reverse engineered, isn't what I like in my films. The rest is secondary.
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ps: I watched the version dubbed in Hindi.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...Rajamouli proves that it’s possible to reinvent even the “TASMAC song” — here, the dancers emerge from a pyramid of ropes, as alcohol flows from pitchers overhead. But the best sight of all is that of a filmmaker not, for a second, taking his audience for granted.... full review
Thumbs up, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...So do watch BAAHUBALI at the earliest in whatever language you are comfortable with, though the dubbing does take away much of the actual essence, feel, emotion and impact of the scenes unarguably.... full review
Thumbs up, by Githa Vanan, Bolly Spice : ...I read a tweet from a random viewer which said people are running out of superlatives to describe the grandeur that is Baahubali. I too am lost for words as the fan of fantasy screams and shouts for joy but has to wait patiently to see Baahubali: The Conclusion.... full review
Thumbs up, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, despite having a first half that is rather slow, and a ballistic second half, a film like BAHUBALI makes you proud that an Indian filmmaker dared to dream big and accomplished it. BAHUBALI is definitely not to be missed. Call it a box-office blockbuster today, but tomorrow, it will be remembered as a classic.... full review
Thumbs up, by Rakesh Reddy, Desi Martini : ...Baahubali is India's most expensive film and the most anticipated one too. Before I go with the review, I must say I am amazed by this man's vision... full review
Thumbs up, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...Bahubali is truly an epic experience. Had the story not been so jaded, this would've gone into the history books as an all-time classic. But that's not the case. It has its set of storytelling flaws, but even those are overshadowed by Rajamouli's ideas and execution. This is definitely worthy of being India's most expensive film. It's a definite movie watching experience.... full review
Thumbs up, by Deepanjana Pal, FirstPost : ...This battle is Rajamouli's tour de force. It's elaborate, well-choreographed and has some breathtaking moments. Prabhas and Dagubatti are both in their elements as the warriors who approach warfare in two distinctive styles. The outcome of the battle is no surprise, but there are enough clever tactics and twists to keep the audience hooked. The biggest surprise, however, lies in the film's final shot, which gives you a glimpse into the sequel that will come out next year. And it's good enough to make you wish 2016 was here already.... full review
Thumbs up, by Ravi Kandala, fullhyd.com : ...There is frankly little point in us recommending (or not recommending) Baahubali - you'll watch it anyway. But still, here it is - go watch it. Baahubali gets an A+ for intent and an A- for execution, but it is still an A.... full review
Thumbs up, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...Sathyaraj as Kattappa is both noble and solid. He brings a certain charm to his performance, fully understanding the personality of his character BEN-HUR was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won an unprecedented 11. Let's see how our jury receives this EPIC! ... full review
Thumbs up, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Bahubali given that I watched a Hindi dubbed version of the original Telugu film. Rajamouli is indeed a visual storyteller, and he brings the curtains down on this first part of his two-film saga with a curious cliffhanger. I can't wait for Part 2, which comes next year.... full review
Thumbs up, by Mona Ramavat, india today : ...History and histrionics, gore and grandeur, energy and entertainment; the first part of Baahubali has enough of these for us to look forward to the second, releasing next year.... full review
Thumbs up, by Archita Kashyap, koimoi : ...Be it the war sequences, or sword fighting; or a visual spectacle, or pure entertainment, watch Bahubali this weekend. Kudos to the dedication of S S Rajamouli and his leading men, Prabhas & Rana, for spending years putting this film together. Actually, in it’s imagination & Indianness, Bahubali might just be a whole new start.... full review
Thumbs up, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...It is to the director's credit that every aspect of the film -- action, mind-boggling set design and choreography -- lives up to this epic film of gigantic scale. The choreography in the song that has Shiva disrobing Avantika to get her in touch with her feminine side, is an absolute gem. Don't miss it.... full review
Thumbs up, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...Baahubali is an entertaining, total paisa-vasool fare, especially in the second half where the war scenes will remind you of films like Gladiator and Troy. The battle scenes have been choreographed beautifully and shows Prabhas and Rana at their best as they join forces to beat back barbaric invaders.... full review
Thumbs up, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Dum??? Well, it's said that good things come to those who wait, and if you can wait or pass through the weak first half of the film, the second half has lots of good treats for its cinematic fans. The fantastic direction, brilliant background score, flawless action scenes, spectacular scale and decent performances make this movie a valorous saga of entertainment.... full review
Thumbs up, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ...The first part of the epic leaves behind dollops of rip-roaring entertainment to relish till it’s back to finish what it started in perhaps even more jaw-dropping manner. Rajamouli incites such confidence.... full review
Thumbs up, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...But there are relatively small faults in a film that overwhelms and entertains through its sheer love for scale and visual wizardry. For the splendid visual feast it offers, and the solid performances, this one comes recommended!... full review
Thumbs up, by SANGEETHA DEVI DUNDOO, The Hindu : ...M.M. Keeravani’s music, Sabu Cyril’s art direction, Rama Rajamouli and Prashanti Tipirneni’s costumes are in sync with the film’s setting. Prabhas does his best in the dual job of playing the carefree Sivudu and the revered Baahubali. There was no doubt that Rana would look the part of a warrior, but here he shows his growth as an actor. Anushka Shetty is gutsy to take on such a role and emotes through her powerful eyes. Had she faltered, she would have been a ‘mera beta aayega’ mother one has seen in Hindi cinema of 70s and 80s. Yes, we want to see more of her. Tamannaah is impressive in her warrior princess act. Sathyaraj and Rohini are pitch perfect in their parts.... full review
Thumbs up, by Renuka Vyavahare, Times of India : ...The casting is terrific. Ramya Krishnan in her short but substantial role is flawless as the feisty Raajmata. Tamannaah does the action bit well. Prabhas and Rana Daggubati are outstanding. They hugely contribute to making this routine good vs bad film a visual extravaganza...entertainment guaranteed. The scene which sees Shiva singlehandedly erecting a giant gold statue of Bhallala Deva is jawdroppingly iconic. Take a bow S.S. Rajamouli.... full review
Thumbs up, by Aparna Mudi, ZEENEWS.COM : ...This film is worth watching simply to bask in the future of what Indian epics can be portrayed as, if only someone like Rajamouli can have the courage to visualise it! Watch it – you would want to hold your breath for the sequel. ... full review
So-So, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...While the scale of the mounting is pretty much impressive, there’s no finesse or enchantment to the finished product, to allow for any great attachment. At best this is a notch higher than tele-series like Ramayana and Mahabharat but definitely way below the Gold standard of a Cecil B De Mille enterprise. S S Rajamouli has a lot to learn from this monstrous mistake!... full review
Thumbs down, by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...Bahubali features one of the longest scenes of romanticised symbolic violation ever seen on screen. Why are we as a nation not angered by it?... full review
Thumbs down, by Namrata Joshi, Outlook India : ...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. ... full review
Yashwanth447: hi i like bahubali
wasimalwez: Bahubali is a gud movie.....but people are highly exaggerating it as a never seen before Indian film
vnktgirish: #Bahubali the ultimate film in Indian history..
vivekrule: I guess this is what July 2015 is at its best, Bahubali & now Bajrangi Bhaijaan one of the best movies of Salman... https://www.facebook.com/vivekrulezzz/posts/10203476932764360
vidya55555: Watched Bahubali with my swt hubby. ...wow. ..wow. ..wow. ..great fan of rajamouli. ...
vatsalpedhadiya: Watched "bahubali " best VFX tech. Ever seen.nice job @prabhasraju
v2himas: Amazing Story, Perfect Starcast, Superb Acting, Awesome direction, Fantastic animation & locations and Deadly Action. It is 'Bahubali' :):)
v255458: Bahubali is far better than bajrangi bhaijaan......
ulasan02: Greatest visuals in an Indian movie brought to life with amazing content. #Bahubali delivers on every level!
twt921debo: Done bahubali the beginning Wow wow a must watch film The story rocks
TalsaniyaBharat: fadooooooooooooo movie bahubali
suraj_g_kotian: Absolutely floored by the sheer magnanimity & intensity of #Bahubali Kudos #Rajamouli & the rest of the crew
sunildewase: Last night sees the bahubali ...truly awesome movie..its more than match to any top action Hollywood movie..
sunilchintu2468: #Bahubali will make you immersed yourself in the movie. Excellent visuals n rerecording. Each character in the movie is appreciative,
Subject26: Best Big Budget Flick in indian cinema so far. Bahubali was very well directed,the whole cast nailed their roles and even the cgi was decent
subbunaran: Watched the movie Bahubali , WOW! photography and CG graphics mesmerized me...Way to go Rajamouli !!
SSupyal: #Bahubali ... Its royal piece of indian culture ... Really i love it and feel it...
SriniPeddi: While basking in the glory of #Bahubali success I am Proud that SS Rajamouli is from our Telugu film industry and lived in #DreamValley
srinathmss: Rajamouli scores full marks be it story or screenplay. Nothing in the films makes you bore. #Rajamouli #Bahubali
SpaceManas: #bahubali is theme borrowed from Hollywood exaggerated in telugu movie genre. #Salute to all who are surviving & enjoying it.
SJnivas: I hate tamannah acting in Bahubali Movie... Never expected that acting in Rajmouli's mvs.. The Movie good overall gud
sivakumar_m_89: Watched 1st time Telugu movie in the big screen. #bahubali really nice movie and must watch movie in theatre.
siddharthagigoo: Calls for guts to say cut it before the beginning. Rajamouli, take a bow. #Bahubali
shwetankrocks: What an good Direction from @ssrajamouli. Loved the movie
ShantalaSharat: Blockbuster #Bahubali
shanjerri7413: #BajrangiBhaijaan sure be a good story blockbuster.. #Bahubali is an India epic to show the power of Indian cinema making..See in 2angles
saurabh271097: about bahubali... its good movie, wonderful scene,, in Bollywood can't be such like that.. bcz duggupati and prabhash unavailable there..
santosh0929: Two weeks and 2 super movies . Bahubali and bajrangi bhaijaan . Quality and content is back
samosawallah: Will watch Premam again today. Brilliant stuff. Perhaps the best stuff of the year along with Bahubali. Maybe better.
RJPriyankasoni: But @ssrajamouli Bahubali is a outstanding movie ....
P_hindustani: मान गए लेखक वी विजयेंद्र प्रसाद! बाहुबली व बजरंगी लिखनेवाले. दोनों सुपरेस्ट-डूपरेस्ट! चेतन भगत,सलीम,जावेद सब पीछे #bajrangi #Bahubali
puzanlimbu: #bahubali was a great movie
PunithLekkala: i never saw the movie like bahubali in my life
PlusOneAttitude: #Bahubali #epic #movie... Must watch.. Indian cinema owes a standing ovation..
PiduguPrashii: Bahubali @ I heard such fantastic word's form other in gulf about ours bahubali ## Really really such a enhanced movie from Rajamouli garu..
perugurama: Amazing master work "Bahubali"... Genius Indian Film Director "Raja Mouli"...!! Hats Off...!! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10205788242479474
peachypiscean: Bahubali #superbmovie
pavant56: Awwwwsome....... Bahubali.. HatsOff to all the artists who were so perfect. Don't have words to describe the... https://www.facebook.com/PavanTurlapati56/posts/498231033673003
pavansingitham: Now that's what a movie should be like - every scene awe inspiring, story telling at its best, truly legendary! #Bahubali @ssrajamouli
patisaumyakanta: Plz don't compare bahubali to othr nach gana tapori type movie.i proud of south cinema jo hollywood ko takkar dene ke liye kaam kar raha hai
Paras4989: Its really awesome movie in indian history @ Bahubali rocks... Amazing graphics and animation ..of cause actors & Directors effort
PANDUNANAKASH: Wow!! Lol its prabhas amazing Enjoyed bahubali soo much love u darlling prabhas#prabhas http://twitter.com/PANDUNANAKASH/status/622223655984967680/photo/1
No_sane: #Bahubali of the year. http://twitter.com/No_sane/status/622161855788617728/photo/1
NanduMohan05: Watched #Bahubali yesterday...one of India's best film I should say...and hats off to the great director @ssrajamouli
Nairrrrrrrr: Can't Get Enough Of Bahubali!!
MozezSingh: Saw two amazing films this week. The hauntingly brilliant Amy & the jaw dropping experience that is a film,Bahubali. Cinemas genius spectrum
MoreyGanesh: Such amazing pleasure to watched Bahubali... This is called film...
monicapiyali: Bahubali the Most Wonderful Movie i have ever seen.
manoharmanohar6: I proud of bahubali team and darling prabash, rana duggupi congratulations sir good blessed to all peoples
manjuds: Hats off! #Bahubali
manishnikam7001: Bahubali rocks in theatre http://twitter.com/manishnikam7001/status/622125681334300673/photo/1
mangrol1: With #Ramdan and #Eid, India also celebrated a #religion called #Bollywood, thanks to #Bahubali n now #BajrangiBhaijaanStorm. Superb!!
mahesh4shriya: "I really liked Bahubali :) Congratulations @ssrajamouli sir, what a film he made" - @shriya1109 Compliment with Heart <3 #Baahubali
kumaressun: #Bahubali proud to India movies http://twitter.com/kumaressun/status/622325255902597121/photo/1
kottayam_kaaran: Saw #Bahubali wat a movie yaar...
KavyaDaga: #Bahubali A cinematic experience like none other! That too on such a scale! Regardless of a few potholes ! #MustWatch
jsaideepak: First half of Bahubali is amateurish n ham-handed.Typical masala. It's d 2nd half tht keeps d audience glued to its seats. 1/n
joshuavinod94: Hi friend I watched Bahubali it's very nice movie
jaiprakashdhak1: Bahubali.. The great movie.. much awaited.. must watch film.. http://twitter.com/jaiprakashdhak1/status/622206151824814080/photo/1
ITZzmeSatheesh: Bahubali rating:4.3 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1628856857386015
iamratulkhan: Story wrighter of BB is none other than Bahubali, Makkhi[Idea], Magadheera Story writer. Vijandra Prasad... hat's off Sir.
IAmKumarManoj: Bahubali देखने के बाद Bajrangi Bhaijaan देखना बिलकुल ऐसे ही है,, जैसे मट्टन या चिकेन बिरयानी खाने के बाद टिंडे की सब्जी खाना ॥
iAmHrtless: दूसरी बार ।।।। #बाहुबली #Bahubali अद्भुत ।।। हर हर महादेव ।।। वाकई पहली बार अपनी प्राचीन भारतीय परम्परा का दिव्य... https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=776018389177545
iamArunkiras: #Bahubali now i watched such a wonderful movie hatsoff @ssrajamouli direction and cg
iamarun92: Just nw I watchd Bāhubali Na bhootho na bhavishyath No other muvi can beat diz epic Awsm prfrmnce by @tamannaahspeaks http://twitter.com/iamarun92/status/622130198629081088/photo/1
haivinoth: Finally watched Bahubali.Worth more than the money spent.Satyaraj and RamyaKrishnan stays in the mind even after... https://www.facebook.com/hai.vinoth/posts/10203460147222604
gangadhar44441: bahubali superrrrrrr http://twitter.com/gangadhar44441/status/622334144308121600/photo/1
FakeRainaNephew: From Set Max to Inox , South Indian Movies Roxxx . Bahubali Roxxx ⚡️⚡️
DewchandraSubba: sorry to say..but bahubali is better then bajarangi bhaijaan..
devendraw001: Worth 9.4! #Bahubali
destinationsrik: If you haven't watched #Bahubali yet, go and watch... One of it's kind... Excellent screen play, super exciting, exciting narration...
DarkArtillerist: Saw #Bahubali yesterday. Good movie. Director Rajamouli needs special applause.
CALaxmanSuthar: #Bahubali the movie which maintain the spirit of Indian movie style and win the heart of Hollywood
BharatBahl: Rajamouli deserves every bit of praise for his vision as a director. Telugu cinema should be proud of #Bahubali. Amazing!
babaSolutiondas: I can digest South Indian movie exaggeration if it's like #Bahubali too good
avkadam31: Bahubali The movie is worth more than Millions @bahubali
aspraveen: It was great to watch #Bahubali kudos to the team @BahubaliMovie
AshDubey_: Most amazing part is that #Bahubali did NOT go to foreign locale to create such amazing visual treats. Its all Kerala & Hyd Ramoji film City
aselasebastian: #Baahubali is an astounding entertainment, you only get to watch this kind of feature once in all time. I take my hat off. #Bahubali
anujbagarwal: But credit to the visual effects team of #Bahubali. Barring a couple of scenes, Some really amazing visuals for a desi film. Take a bow.
anitasangwan: After a long time ... a movie in which I did not see my watch... #Bahubali
anitakashyap: bahubali movie... omg.. what a mind thralling vivification of The Bahubali .. loved it
alka_jhawar: Watched #Bahubali yddq.jjay. Now I know what grand means. Still bounded in its effects. Not to b missed in 2016.
agankit: #Bahubali a must watch....
aditichcoholic: Love bahubali movie!!!
abhishek009kk: Bahubali.. Beyond indian standerds .. I have ever seen the film like this ... Whatched in telagu even i am a rajasthani @ssrajamouli selute
abhilashanumul1: Bahubali movie is superb specially tanq for ss rajamouli sir ...brebhas .rana
abarajithan13: Bahubali such ah wonderfull terific movie.
AassiKumar: Must watch Bahubali movie....
9d43e93fc27e49e: Bahubali is very great movi..
94Chvarunkumar: Everyone must watch....dont miss to experience India's biggest motion picture on big screens...#Bahubali mania#prabhas...
74e45d56accf4ff: Bahubali is the awesome
112344455: Bahubali is great movie this yeat
007DONFAN: Yesterday I saw two good films Mad Max & Bahubali.
realsiddalvi: bahubali ok movie
prachisoni78: still i can't understand what's in this movie bahubali..why people loving it so much
MeoManang: guys don't watch Bahubali....bcoz it sucks!!!!! bakwas movie hai....par tarif toh Jada hi suna tha!!!!!
meenabhatia: Daughter's friend says Bahubali sucks. Got upset with some goat sacrifice in the movie.
manikantaprof: Just watched #Bahubali............. it very very bad,,,,, not until expectation... We can see only for visuals
maanniiiiiii: #Bahubali Poor CG works Below avg movie Slow first half and a dead slow second half Kudos light man and caravan Good Try My Rating 1.876/5
Luftmensch03: Bahubali #BestComedyMovie :'D :'D
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