Review: Right from the opening scene, it becomes conspicuous that you're in for a visual treat. From the tropical landscapes of Avatar to the battlefield of the Lord of the Rings, Bahubali may appear similar to those films but Rajamouli keeps it original and riveting for most part. It's amazing to see how he manages to strike a chord with the viewers even in the most cliched of scenes we are used to seeing in films nowadays. He doesn't weigh down the film by heavy-handed direction and keeps it engaging throughout by a masterful balance between the classy and massy elements. The story was never really the strength of the film but he still rises up to the Herculean task of creating something extraordinary out of the ordinary and succeeds to a great extent. Take that scene prior to intermission, where a mammoth statue of Rana is being erected as the people exuberantly chant Bahubali's name. It's the film's best directed scene where a feverish energy transpires through the screen and I wished I knew how to whistle out loud. To be honest, the film has its share of obstacles. The romantic track between Prabhas and Tamannah is the film's weakest link, not least because of Tamannah's cartoonish performance.
Prabhas and Rana have unmatchable personalities that nicely complement their acting skills and it's hard to imagine anybody else in their shoes. Just watch how they steal the show during the roughly 30-minute battle-scene in the film's climax. Other actors like Anushka and Ramya Krishnan do a fine job too in small but effective roles.
I'm going with 3.5/5 and two big thumbs up for Bahubali. For the director's sheer conviction and vision, he deserves a huge round of applause. It's a film you really shouldn't miss.