Sunday, May 21, 2017

Mahendra Baahubali and the Fate of Mahishmati!



I have a confession to make. This is not the Baahubali blog post I originally planned to write. The real one is still lying in my drafts folder...since July 2015.

It still remains there because of a strange phenomenon with the first Baahubali movie.

After every viewing of ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’ it seemed exponentially better than the previous viewing (yes, I watched the movie a lot of times). By the sixth viewing or so I started feeling like Neo from the Matrix – seeing details, patterns and threads that weren’t easily visible earlier.

At one point of time I started maintaining an excel sheet to capture the complexity and intensity of thoughts that started hitting my mind. My blog post started looking like a PhD thesis, and I somehow never managed to publish it till date.

Fast forward to 2017 and we already have the second part ‘Baahubali: The Conclusion’ out.

Things are a bit different this time though. I don’t intend to write a thesis on the second part nor revisit my earlier draft yet, but there’s a critical observation that I wish to urgently share with you all. It concerns Junior – Mahendra Baahubali aka Sivudu/Siva, me, Rajamouli and the future of Mahishmati.

More than a regular blog post about the entire movie, you can treat this as a quick conversation starter – a tangential take on a particular aspect of the film.

Shall begin with my reactions while/after watching ‘Baahubali: The Conclusion’ for the first time. I watched it twice already by the way. Here it goes…