Director S. S. Rajamouli’s “Bahubali: The Beginning” is first part of two part series. Shot simultaneously in Tamil and Telugu, and released in a dubbed Hindi version, overseen by producer/director Karan Johar, it is a Bollywood version of Hercules/ Superman movie. South Indian actor, Prabhas, as Bahubali, with his sheer muscular physicality, can single handedly fight armies, while defending the helpless, whereas the gentler side in him is moved to lift a two ton Shiva lingam out of the earth and bring and position it under the waterfall, so his mother can fulfill her oath of pouring water over it 116 times.
In the history of Indian cinema, Bahubali, with a budget of reported $40 million, is the most expensive production, to date. Post release marketing has also been extensive. Bahubali boasts the largest film poster in the world (a 50,000 square-foot billboard in Kochi). Now Bahubali is expected to break box office records in India and around the world.
Believed to be orphaned as an infant, Bahubali miraculously survives a murder plot, and is found by a local village woman, who raises him, as her son. Growing up, Bahubali is pulled by the lure of the mountains that surround the village. Despite his mother’s admonitions, he keeps attempting to scale the high mountains ,and finally succeeds. High up, near the clouds, he meets the love of his life, Avanthika (Tamannaah) who belongs to a rebel group, seeking to overthrow a kingdom that is wrongfully usurped by its current king, and rescue the queen, who is held prisoner. Bahubali proclaims his love for Avanthika and promises to take on her cause. Bahubali is then called to fulfill more duties, than he might have bargained for, and the adventure will continue in part 2.
I rate this movie as 3.8 on a 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being excellent. It has action galore.