BAAHUBALI and interlink of Indian epics

BAAHUBALI and interlink of Indian epics news
Rachana Sheth By Rachana Sheth | 17 Mar 2017 19:36:10.4900000 IST

After the much await, BAAHUBALI 2 first trailer was unveiled yesterday. While it has been two years since the first part released, but it seems we caught up with the movie just recently. In fact it is hard to believe that the second part is arriving after two years gap. Well such is the impact and hangover of S S Rajamouli’s magnum opus creation. While on one we are super delighted to check the new trailer, on other hand we still can’t get enough of his first part. Apart from the scale that he presents his craft on screen, the characterization of Rajamouli’s flicks also leave an indelible mark.

Rajamouli in several of his interviews time and again has said he has always been inspired by the epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana and that’s the reason one can see the traces of them be it in scenes or characters in his film (BAAHUBALI). In fact, Rajamouli have been wanting to make a triology on Mahabharata for quite some time, as per media reports. While that will still take some time to happen, those who want to experience the Rajamouli’s representation of epics, then BAAHUBALI is a classic example.

We will delve into BAAHUBALI 2 in yet another story, meanwhile here we recollect few grand moments, scenes and characters from the first part that are still fresh in our memories and stimulate us as and when we watch them on-screen with sheer enchantment because of its reference from the Indian epics.

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The character of ‘Kattappa’
in BAAHUBALI exactly resembles ‘Bhishmapitama’ of Mahabharata. One sees the spirit of Bhishma, who was known or his loyalty, being an elderly statesman, man of his words, throughout the film. Much like Bhishma, Kattappa dedicates himself for Mahishmati kingdom and is extremely loyal to it.

Besides, there is also one emotional scene where little Baahubali not only sits for lunch along with lower caste Kattappa but he also eats from his uncle’s (fondly calls Kattappa) plate. Didn’t it ring a bell about Rama eating Sabri’s soiled berries?

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The moment
when Amrendra Baahubali’s son Mahendra Baahubali rescues his real mom, setting the Mahishmati kingdom on fire. Well this scene from the film immediately harks us back to the episode when Hanuman sets Lanka on fire as he is on a quest to search Sita Mata (wife of Lord Rama) in Ramayana

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Amrendra Baahubali’s character
has the traces of Arjun and Ram from Mahabharata and Ramayana respectively, who were sharp, intelligent yet humble and devoted their parents, gurus. This character is close to heart for Kattappa like Pandavas were to Bhishma. There is a scene when Bahubali married Devsena competing with Ballala like Arjuna won the test to marry Draupadi.

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Mahendra Bahubali or Shivdu’s character:
is bit etched out like Lord Krishna. Though born as prince in Mahishmati kingdom, he is adopted by tribes and in the climax saves his biological mother from the clutches of Bhallaldeva. It sounds similar to Krishna’s story. Much like Krishna, Mahendra Baahubali’s life is in danger right at the time of birth. And the way Krishna’s biological Vasudeva takes the newly born Krishna holding him on his head in the deep waters and travels across to Gokul in Mathura, where he leaves his son by Yashodha’s side. A similar a situation is witnessed when Sivagami in order to infant Mahendra Baahubali travels through deep waters and holds him on her head. She hands it over to the tribes


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In the opening few scenes
of the film, we get a glimpse of Mahendra Baahubali or Shivdu’s lifestyle much like Krishna, who is naughty yet brave and popular among his troupe.

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Bijjalaldeva’s character
has traits of Shakuni and Drithrashtra from Mahabharata. He is cunning, selfish and always poisons Bhalaldeva’s mind and makes him greedy about acquiring kingdom. At the same time Bijjalaldeva, who is handicap, (like Drithrashtra was blind) is so much ambitious of having his son, irrespective of the fact if he is worthy enough, taking over the kingdom.

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Shivdu’s non-biological mother
reminds us of ‘Yashoda’, Krishna’s non biological mother. Much like Lord Krishna’s childhood, Shivdu is also naughty yet very righteous, brave. The way Yashoda gets irritated with little ‘Natkhat’ Krishna’s childish fun & mischief, Shivdu’s non-biological mother keeps scolding him for his antics.


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Bhallaladev’s character has shades of Duryodhana and Ravana. His greed for kingdom, crookedness and political moves puts him into the shoes of Duryodhana. And when he cages ‘Devsena’ in his royal palace, his character reminds us of Ravana, who had abducted Sita and kept captive in Ashok Vatika in Ravana’s place. Even when Bhallaladeva taunts her for having chosen Amarendra Baahubali over him, one thinks of how Draupati was lusted at in Mahabharata.


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Sivagami’s character equates with that of Sathyavathi from Mahabharata, who boldly ran the kingdom of Hastinapur with the help of step son Bhishma, who protected at that point of time. Sivagami also with the help of Kattappa runs Mahishmati until Bhallaldeva and Baahubali are grown up. Sivagami also reminds one of the legendary queens and mother-figures of Indian history -- Jijabai (Maratha leader Shivaji's mother) and Ahalyabai Holkar (the Maratha queen of Malwa region of modern Madhya Pradesh), commanding and establishing a period of prosperity & stability

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Devsena’s character in BAAHUBALI
is a mix of Sita (Ramayana), Draupadi (Mahabharta), Devki (who was biological mother of Krishna). Her devotion for Amarendra Baahubali and being caged by Bhallaldeva reminds us of Sita. When Bhallaldeva feels jealous of his brother winning over Devsena, it has the traits of Draupadi’s character. Despite being a biological mother to Mahendra Baabhubali she cannot raise him as she has been imprisoned much like Devki.


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