Did you watch Bahubali?
You liked it?
It is the BO hit now.Do you know the collection in the first week?
The BAHUBALI fever has stuck everyone irrespective of languages the movie is being watched and the story is no way new to Indian audience. Wait. What i said? Story is not new to Indian audience. Yes i said that. We have 2 great epics Ramayana and Mahabharata and I see a lot of inspiration drawn from the epics in the characters of Bahubali.
SIVAGAMI (Ramya Krishnan):
The boldness of SIVAGAMI should have be drawn from the characters of Sathyavathi , the step mom of Bhishma who in spite of losing her husband and her sons , boldly ran the kingdom of Hastinapur with the help of Bhishma who protected her at that period of time.
The character of Kattapa does show the respect and sincerity of Bhishma in Mahabharata. Though Kattappa could have acted against Sivagami using his power and could have taken over the kingdom of Magizhmathi but he was faithful and kept his words like Bhishma.
BHIJJALA DEVA (Nasser):
This character is handicapped, possess inferiority complex, doesn’t have power in the kingdom and so trains his son to gain power. It is clearly the character of king Dhritarashtra.This character also has flavor of Shakuni that works with cunning ideas.
BHALLALA DEVA (Rana Dagubatti):
This character is clear portrayal of Duryodhana and Ravana. Like these epic characters, he has not been accepted by the Devasena (Dhuryodhana and Ravana have failed in the test to marry Draupadi and Sita), he didn’t get proper recognition for his talents because he had cruel intentions and though equally talented compared to his peer he is denied power and so did create a master plan to gain power.
This character could be inspired from Pandavas or in particular Arjuna. This character is close to heart for Kattappa like Pandavas were to Bhishma. Also we are able to know from scenes that Bahubali married Devsena competing with Ballala like Arjuna won the test to marry Draupadi. Bahubali became prey to the cunning plan of Ballala and his father and was killed.
DEVASENA (Anushka Shetty):
Her character shows the shades of Sita in ashoka vanam. She is dressed up in clothes that is torn. She wants to take revenge against Bhallala and as Sita was waiting for Rama here she waits for her son to rescue her. Also the scene which has Shivadu coming into the palace and burning curtains is portrayal of Hanuman burning Lanka. And when Ballala talks to her saying she could have married him and escaped this suffering it is taken from the scene where Ravana tells Sita the same.
SHIVADU (Prabhas) :
He is the main character who has come to rescue Devasena. His character is sketched similar to Lord Krishna. He is born as prince and is adopted by tribes, who is naughty as a kid and saves his biological mother from being jailed without knowing anything about his birth until he rescues his parents.
AVANTIKA (Tamanna Bhatia):
The love of Shivadu has very light shades of Sathyabama who is also a warrior and fights with Krishna initially but ends in falling in love with him.
Not only the characters are inspired from the epic, I also want to register another impact this movie has created is on women empowerment. When everyone in the film industry talks about it, director S.S.Rajamouli has silently created strong female characters in this movie as in the epics and the drive the story completely. Hats off S.S.Rajamouli.
Waiting for Baahubali , the conclusion.