Starring: Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah, Anushka Shetty, Ramya Krishnan, Sudeep, Nassar, Sathyaraj
Directed by S.S. Rajamouli
Does size matter? Not quite. In 2012, S.S. Rajamouli made Eega aka Makkhi, which emerged as a thoroughly enjoyable ride of a film with a small fly for the protagonist. Everything gets scaled up in his new outing, Bahubali, save entertainment. Despite the talent that has gone into making this larger-than-life spectacle, it doesn’t prove to be half as bewitching as Eega. Yes, there are some incredibly well-mounted scenes and eye-catching imagery—the child Shiva held above the water by the wounded mother figure Sivagami (Ramya), the hero Shiva’s (Prabhas) ride up the waterfall, his romance with Avantika (Tamannaah) in the midst of the butterflies, the...