Bahubali: The findings released four years ago on this day and an entire country went to theaters to find out why Kattappa killed Bahubali. The two-film franchise not only brought India’s biggest box office success, but it also changed the way we look at the monoliths that we call ‘Best Cinema’. An audience brought on a staple of Hindi films rarely saw Tamil or Telugu films in theaters. There were successes that were not originally Hindi films, but they were just that – exceptions.
Bahubali of two dubbed Telugu films changed all that. An all-India hit that was epic in proportion, it remains the highest-grossing Hindi film to date. Indian filmmakers also influenced the way their films were made from frame to larger-than-life point of view. Many tried to recreate the success of SS Rajamouli’s film but in vain.
As the film turns four years old, we see the film that gave us memorable moments, stars Prabhas, Rana Daggubatti, Ramya and Anushka Shetty and more pop influences then we can count. Now, who does not remember when Ramya Krishna was introduced by Shivagami Devi to Baby Amarendra Bahubali as the next king of Mahishmati?
While Rajamouli established the film with grandeur on a grand scale, he also presented a human story for it, which was believable. What Mahendra of Prabhas or Rana Daggubati’s Bhallaladeva had to say is as old as our myths and stories heard by Indians when they were children. To add to this, SS Rajamouli gave us strong female characters who came in all colors. If Sivagami was a mixture of blind faith of a mother and the indomitable desire of a fearless queen, then Anushka Shetty’s Devasena was a symbol of strength and valor.
But like millions of people, I fell in love with the character of Mahendra Bahubali, whose story of greatness comes on the screen in Bahubali The Conclusion. From the very first frame of the film, when he made his entry as Mahendra Bahubali on the lyrics of Daler Henna with the song “Saaho”, Prabhas won over our hearts. He shows respect for people, especially for women, who join us.
In the scene where he speaks out against his mother Sivagami in trying to get Devasena to marry Bhallaladeva, Prabhas’s Mahendra Bahubali sets an example of how important it is for your religion to be right. He does not disrespect his mother, but favors what is right. Does this mean that they have given less importance to Sivagami? off course not. He, without question, relinquishes Mahishmati’s right to be king. And also leaves the kingdom at the behest of Sivagami. He was a Siddha son, a Siddha friend and a supportive brother.
But even after losing everything, he lives the life of a king because he finds love, respect and honor among the people of his kingdom. The scene where Mahendra Baahubali betrays Sethupathi for inappropriate treatment of women. Even after the release of the film, the clip of this special scene created a lot of ruckus on social media.
Yes, Mahendra is too good to be true / real but Rajamouli makes you believe in him. You hope he exists. You hope to find his goodness in those around you. This is the magic of cinema.