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Baahubali: The Beginning

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Rajamouli dived deep into Joseph Campbell territory here, crafting a classic epic adventure saga on a such a scale he needed two films to showcase it. The ambition of this production is simply breathtaking, a Telugu analogue to Avatar and Lord of the Rings. Everything here is spectacular, beginning with the towering waterfalls which separate the Amburi tribe from the kingdom of Mahishmati, high in the mountains. Orphan Sivudi becomes the first to climb the thundering falls and encounters a beautiful rebel maiden, Avantika, whose people are at war with a tyrannical ruler. What Sivudi does not know, he is the rightful heir to the throne…

Baahubali became the first biggest commercial success in Indian cinema, but was eclipsed by the success of the second installment, which became the all-time #1.

Wide-eyed and wondrous, [Rajamouli’s] film could be a blockbuster reboot, or the first blockbuster ever made, a reinvigoration of archetypes that is always entertaining, and often thrilling, to behold.

Mike McCahill, Guardian

Right from its opening frames, Baahubali holds out many promises: of adventure and romance, love and betrayal, valour and weakness. And it delivers magnificently on each of them. This is full-tilt, fully-assured filmmaking of a very high order. Baahubali is simply spectacular.

Shubhra Gupta, The Indian Express

Baahubali: The Beginning is overflowing with beautiful cinematic elements, each artfully contributing to the spectacle and substance of this genre-spanning narrative. The film has colossal battle sequences, steamy romance, a mysterious origin story, and even a full music video-esque dance number.

Josiah Teal, Film Threat

Director

S.S. Rajamouli

Cast

Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah, Ramya Krishna, Sathyaraj, Nassar

Credits
Country of Origin

India

Year

2015

Language

In Telugu with English subtitles

19+
159 min

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Sunday February 05

1:30 pm
Subtitles
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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Credits

Producer

Sai Korrapati

Screenwriter

Vijayendra Prasad, S.S. Rajamouli

Cinematography

Ram Prasad

Editor

Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao

Original Music

M.M. Keeravani

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One of the breakthrough movies of the year, SS Rajamouli's astonishing RRR is the kind of blockbuster action film that reminds us how and why cinema has thrilled audiences all over the world for more than a century.

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Baahubali 2: The Conclusion

Both a sequel and a prequel (though swift recaps mean you don't need to have seen The Beginning), BB2 is structured to exploit S.S. Rajamouli's maximalist tendencies. Indeed, it became the most expensive Indian film, and India's biggest ever box office hit.

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