Baahubali The Beginning
Director by: S. S Rajamouli
Producer by: Shobu Yarlagadda, Prasad Devineni
Screenplay by: S. S Rajamouli
Story by: K. V. Vijayendra Prasad
Starring: Prabhas, Anushka Shetty, Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah
Music by: M. M. Keeravani
Cinematography: K. K. Senthil Kumar
Edited by: Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Arka Media Works
Telugu: Arka Media Works, Tamil: K Productions
28 April 2017
Telugu, Tamil, Hindi
Film Website:   http://www.baahubali.com/
National Film Award for Best Feature Film
Filmfare Award for Best Film – Telugu
Filmfare Award for Best Director – Telugu
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu
Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer – South
IIFA Utsavam Award for Best Performance In A Negative Role – Telugu
IIFA Utsavam Award for Best Performance In A Supporting Role - Female – Telugu
IIFA Utsavam Award for Best Film – Tamil
IIFA Utsavam Award for Best Performance In A Supporting Role - Female – Tamil
IIFA Utsavam Award for Best Film – Telugu
IIFA Utsavam Award for Best Direction – Tamil
IIFA Utsavam Award for Best Performance In A Supporting Role - Male – Tamil
IIFA Utsavam Award for Best Direction – Telugu
The gym equipment for workout of Hero Prabas costs upto 1.5 Crores INR. He even met WWE fighters for the physique.
Rana Daggubati has gained 33 Kgs of weight for this movie.
Leading actor Prabhas didn't commit any other film projects for almost 3 years while filming Baahubali: The Beginning (2015). But he made a special dance appearance in the movie Action Jackson (2014) as himself, as a part of Bahubali's campaign in Bollywood. Telugu superstar Prabhas was unknown to Bollywood audience at that time, so actress Sonakshi Sinha who was featured in the song even calls his name 'Prabhas' during the dance sequence. The film makers were upset when 'Action Jackson' bombed at the box-office and Prabhas' effort went unnoticed.
In the ancient Kingdom of Mahishmati in India, Sivagami, the queen (Ramya Krishnan), emerges from a cave adjoining a big waterfall, carrying a baby. She kills the soldiers pursuing her and sacrifices herself to save the baby. Local tribal communities save the baby and tribal queen adopts him. She also gives him name 'Shiva'.
Shiva (Prabhas) grows up to be a strong young man aspiring to hike the mountain and makes many unsuccessful attempts at it. He then finds a mask of a girl which falls from the waterfall. Driven to find out the identity of the girl, he climbs the mountain again and succeeds this time.
On top of the waterfall, Shiva discovers that the mask belongs to Avanthika (Tamannaah), a rebellious warrior whose group has indulged in a guerilla warfare against king Bhallala Deva / Pallvalathevan (Rana Daggubati) of the Mahishmati Kingdom. The group intends to rescue their former queen Devasena (Anushka Shetty) who has been chained in the kingdom for the past 25 years. Avanthika is given the opportunity to rescue the queen.
Avanthika falls in love with Shiva after she finds out that he has climbed the waterfall for her. Shiva pledges to help her in her mission and sneaks into Mahishmati to rescue Devasena. Shiva rescues her and flees along with her but is chased down by the king's Royal slave Kattappa (Sathyaraj), known for his great warrior abilities. After Shiva beheads Bhadra (Adivi Sesh), Bhallala Deva's son, Kattappa drops his weapons on realising that Shiva is Mahendra Baahubali, the son of late king Amarendra Baahubali.
A flashback reveals Amarendra Bahubali's past. Amarendra's mother died while giving him birth, while his father had died much before that. Sivagami takes charge of running the kingdom with Kattapa's assistance until a new king is elected. Amarendra Bahubali and Bhallala Deva are brought up together, trained in all areas including arts, science, disguise, politics and warfare, but both of them have different approaches towards kingship. Amarendra Baahubali is liberal to everyone but Bhallala Deva is violent and achieves his goals with any means possible, even trying to kill Baahubali.
When the Kalakeyas start a war with the Mahishmati, Sivagami promises that the new king will be the one who beheads the Kalakeya king. When it seems that Mahishmati would end up being defeated, Amarendra inspires his soldiers to fight to the death and they end up crushing the enemy. Despite Bhallala Deva being the one to kill the Kalakeya king, Sivagami announces Amarendra Baahubali as the new emperor because of his nobility and leadership in the war.
After the flashback, when asked about Amarendra's current whereabouts, a tearful Katappa reveals that the King is dead, and that Katappa himself is the one responsible for his death.