Re-presenting The Epic Characters in the Film Franchise, Baahubali

Rajamouli’s two-part epic film – Baahubali broke many-a-record in Indian film industry. So much is written and said about the film – its cast, storyline, special visual effects, settings, dialogue, music, costumes, stunts, and more than all about the amount spent on the movie and the records that they broke in box-office collections. The use of new technologies has no doubt enhanced the quality and the visual impact of the film. But what appears to have touched the hearts of the viewers the most is the art of narrating the story.  Millions of viewers queued up in the theatres to find satisfactory answer to the one question that agitated their minds since the release of the first part of Baahubali two years back. It is enough to view the film once to get the answer for the question, “Why did Kattappa kill Baahubali?”. More than the answer to the question, the film attracted repeat audience and sustained the viewership mostly because of the emotions that the lead characters in the film could arouse. Continue reading “Re-presenting The Epic Characters in the Film Franchise, Baahubali”

Love and Hate in Baahubali

I read somewhere that the Baahubali (Bb) films will be hard to forget anytime soon. This is true for a number of reasons, both good and bad. One of the better reasons, in my opinion, is that the film’s director S.S. Rajamouli has got the attention of the “Non-South” through sheer force of will and some interesting creative choices. As advertising types like to say, Rajamouli has us by the eyeballs. Love them or hate them, the films tell a yarn, and do not apologize for how they tell it. And of course, while the rest of us have just gotten acquainted with the Telugu folklore genre thanks to its new, slick avatar, Rajamouli and his producers have laughed their way to the bank and back. It’s a great coup. Rajamouli and crew have been more than polite in thanking Dharma Productions for the worldwide reach of Bb, but they need thank nobody but themselves for the product. If you don’t see yourself as a lover (or promoter) of kitsch, you can still be moved by Bb to a point where you begin to question your aesthetic presuppositions. That in my view is a bigger coup.Continue reading “Love and Hate in Baahubali”

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Movie Review: Where Dreams are Mightier than the Sword!

If this man demands a 100 crore to make a movie adaptation of ‘The Hare and the Tortoise’, you can hand over that money to S.S. Rajamouli.  For you know he will not change a damn thing about the tale and still come up with an epic cinematic experience. For in Rajamouli, you can trust!Continue reading “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Movie Review: Where Dreams are Mightier than the Sword!”

JIO MAMI Movie Mela with Star to Showcase the First Look of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion

Why did Kattappa kill Baahubali? After watching the National Award winning film, everyone was left with the same question, but couldn’t get any answer.

Find out the answer at the Jio MAMI Movie Mela with Star which is gearing up to enthrall film lovers with two days dedicated to popular Indian cinema. One of the major highlights of the Movie Mela is the first look of  Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, which will be showcased onOctober 22, 2016.Continue reading “JIO MAMI Movie Mela with Star to Showcase the First Look of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion”

Breaking News: Deepika Padukone is now part of Baahubali: The Conclusion?

In a surprising development it has been learnt that Deepika Padukone is now part of the already huge team of S.S.Rajamouli‘s Baahubali: The Conclusion, the sequel to last year’s blockbuster, Baahubali: The Beginning. Already busy with the shoot of her first Hollywood film, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, the 3rd film in the xXx franchise, Deepika is known to have shot for a couple of days recently in total secrecy for Baahubali: The Conclusion. While all the attention in the last few days regarding Deepika has been the discussion over whether she is disappointed at losing out the National Award (Best Actress) to Kangna Ranaut despite amazing performances in Piku and Bajirao Mastani, a little birdie tells us that Rajamouli was quite clear that the news of Deepika’s presence in the project was to be kept under wraps till a suitable opportune moment was to come across. Now that we know that Deepika is part of Baahubali: The Conclusion it becomes all the more clear that the project has just bigger in proposition, not just in Telugu and Tamil, but most importantly in the dubbed Hindi version. One might remember that Baahubali: The Beginning is the first and so far the only regional film to do an All India business of above 100 crores (nett) in the Hindi dubbed version.Continue reading “Breaking News: Deepika Padukone is now part of Baahubali: The Conclusion?”

The Best of Indian Cinema in 2015: A Perspective

2015 has been an interesting year overall for Indian Cinema, there have been a lot of films across languages which appealed to both the audience and critics alike. Writers and filmmakers seem to have shown their willingness to explore a variety of topics, often surprising people in the process. As for Hindi Cinema it was a decent if not an excellent year and there were quite a few interesting developments observed. There were some good Hindi films in the first half of 2015 including Baby, Badlapur, Dum Lagake Haisha, NH10, Piku, Tanu Weds Manu Returns etc. This clearly indicated that variety was key and that even a big star like Akshay Kumar was keen to try out meaningful films within the commercial boundary. The third quarter of the year was dominated by two biggies, Baahubali and Bajrangi Bhaijaan, while thankfully a relatively smaller film like Masaan also got noticed. Baahubali’s success in Hindi is unprecedented, as no dubbed film has performed anywhere close to how Baahubali has performed in Hindi. It will be interesting to see if this remains an exception to the norm or whether there will be more such films to follow. The last quarter of the year saw some interesting films like Talvar, Titli and Bajirao Mastani, while the success of Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 took everyone by surprise. SRK showed that he definitely is good at marketing, but that alone can’t change the quality of a film like Dilwale. Sooraj Barjatya returned after a long hiatus with Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, which despite having Salman Khan in a dual role, didn’t do as well as expected.Continue reading “The Best of Indian Cinema in 2015: A Perspective”

The Best of Tamil Cinema in 2015

2015 was an interesting year for Tamil Cinema with a variety of topics being explored. Some big films didn’t do well, while some small films made impact. Certain stars did well,while some of them didn’t really do well. Here are the films in my opinion which stood a little apart from the rest of the pack and made an impact this year.The movies aren’t sorted in any order of merit. Sorting is done based on release dates.Continue reading “The Best of Tamil Cinema in 2015”

Politics,Caste & Prejudice in Baahubali and Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Bahubaali and Bajrangi Bhaijaan are two tent pole Indian films which have been doing well. Both the films have received critical as well as commercial acclaim. My attempt here would be to put these 2 films into current political context and see if both films succeed in making a social commentary on the current nature of our Nation.Continue reading “Politics,Caste & Prejudice in Baahubali and Bajrangi Bhaijaan”

Why did Kattappa Kill Baahubali?

The question the whole nation is asking is why did Kattappa kill Baahubali? Here I try to answer that question based on my discussion with fellow MAM author Hithesh.Continue reading “Why did Kattappa Kill Baahubali?”