The One Thing That Stops Baahubali from Becoming India’s LOTR

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The One Thing That Stops Baahubali from Becoming India’s LOTR

Illustration: Sushant Ahire

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he experience of watching SS Rajamouli’s epic prequel to Baahubali: The Beginning can be summed up in a single scene which takes place at the conclusion of Baahubali: The Conclusion.

During the final battle between Mahendra Baahubali (Prabhas), the rightful heir to the throne and the evil King Bhallala Deva (Rana Dagubatti), Baahubali’s soldiers use palm trees as propellers to launch themselves to the terrace of the king’s castle. The sight of human cannonballs being hurled from palm trees is a mad, genius idea that will fascinate you as much as, say, seeing the flaming horn of a bull being used as a weapon (another sequence). The soldiers land on the terrace with ease, in sync, and most importantly, without a single scratch – they go on to fight and win a bloody war.

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