6 more reasons to attack Baahubali apart from making Avantika look like a victim

The phenomenal motion picture Baahubali was one of the very few that induced me to watch it three times at the theater. The sheer brilliance and breathtaking direction led us in a haze of other-worldly elegance and made me declare that they can take all money if they continue making such breathtaking movies.

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I was acquainted with the director’s work and I have no means of describing the level of brilliance he depicts in his films. So naturally, when this movie released and was widely acclaimed, set new records all over the country and was not just confined to its region of birth, it did send out ripples of alarm in the most established film industry in the country which has through all its gimmicks and pseudo-intellectualism (especially with high and mighty disregard to religious/spiritual beliefs and scantily clad women with no reason to be in the movie taking up most of the screen space) has not been able to surpass.
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Is the stunning rise of negative reviews pointing to a particular scene and discounting everything else that is sheer magnificence a mere coincidence? Can we just give the Shiva-Avantika romance a break and move on to sterner stuff?

For those, who have no idea about the particular scene in the movie that has turned into a very lucrative hotbed for mongering negativity by certain journalists, lets just equate it with the sword fight between Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta Jones in  “The Mask of Zorro” but to a much subtler level.

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If we have to dwell on ideas like Shiva drawing on Avantika’s hand when she had fallen asleep, we should all actually stop going to movies and rejoice in our pretentious little lives. We should also come up with problems where the C.G.I. of the buffalo was slaughtered to appease the Goddess Kali and say we are teaching our kids how to be cruel to animals.

To Baahubali, I would say RIGHT -ON! And to the journalists who ran out of ideas, here’s some fodder for your next link-bait!

1. C.G.I.? So what? Is this what we are teaching our kids? Be cruel to animals?

2. OMG, does the director know about “GLOBAL WARMING“? Did you see the way he created so much fire and smoke during the war scene?

3. So what if women were depicted as powerful, brilliant strategists, administrators and warriors? How dare he try to get close to her; the woman he likes? He is such a CREEP!

4. The movie should have an “A” rating first because of the Avantika scene and secondly, because Bhadra’s headless body kept walking ! Where are the censorship guys when you need them? OH, WAIT, THOSE LINGERIE ADS AND WILDSTONE ADS are okay because we NEED lingerie and we need men who don’t smell like they’ve spent their lives in a pig-sty.

5. So what the director created an entirely new language for the war-lord’s community? Its so demeaning to indigenous people. OH BY THE WAY, we are all foreigners in our own country and we are such bad people, we took away everything from the indigenous people, sigh!

6. At a time when we are running out of non-renewable energy, how can the director be so inconsiderate and use up so much of fuel to set the enemy on fire!?

P.S.: Lets not insult Avantika by making her appear like a victim. If she were, she would have slashed his throat when the opportunity presented itself. 😉

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52 Comments

  1. Oh the P.S. … Nothing could be better and funnier than that! After growing up reading hundreds of Mills and Boon romances where the hero dominated, imposed and generally bullied the heroine … I kind of found the whole “courtship” drama to be quite entertaining in fact.
    Loved the article. Kudos 😉

  2. If people calling Avantika’s romance as rape is extreme, your post has surpassed its limits too. I understand it was meant to be funny and satirical, it didn’t really tickle me much.
    I agree that most of the negative blogs about Tamanna’s depiction in the movie are little extreme but they have a valid point. I would have appreciated you if you have taken a moderate stand on the issue. If you see the reviews across the nation, if there is any dissatisfaction, its on Tamanna’s thread, whether is subtle or wild. Even the very elite group of reviews have a low opinion of that part of movie though they didn’t go to extreme of saying it as rape.This consistent low opinion of that scene sure means something.
    You have to understand that there was complete lack of emotional connect between the two characters. To start with, how the hell you can imagine a person with a wooden mask, as if they are custom made for your facial features. It was silly even considering artistic license at its lowest taste. Then as soon as he goes on top of waterfall she is waiting for him!!!! Go figure!!!! Convenience of plot at its best. He hardly established chemistry between them and then they go in to dual fight which transforms in to soft porn movie. I agree that a woman has right to submit herself at her will but not with out any emotional attachment. If a girl is not interested in feminine side of life you don’t go and say “let me take your clothes off, you will know how sexy you are “. Sounds foolish right, the scene was very close to it. I think the scene was completely out of the line, not part of script or I can say complete lack of screenplay.It was appalling to see this coming from an ace director like Rajamouli, specially after making a terrific movie like eega. Eega was his best work so far, which was commercially successful and critically acclaimed. He established characters well and held the screen play so tight. It was gripping to watch because there were no foreign elements including item song.
    I agree you can’t write off a movie for one bad scene. The movie was epic for visual grandeur, war scenes,back ground music and performance of key actors. You have to admit the storyline was wafer thin and sometimes low on content. My honest opinion is you can skip the movie’s first hour conveniently, just left me with bad after taste. I am disappointed because it was Rajamouli’s work. At the end of the day the movie is more than value for money but falls short of a masterpiece, which it had a strong potential to be one.

    1. Hi, thanks for taking time to construct this insightful feedback! However, if you could just scroll down the comments you would realise what the real issue is. This article is not a review or the movie per se, neither have I led on a blind support of it’s visual splendour. As far as logic is concerned, parts of the movie does fall through completely. I have mentioned in a few of the comments that Avantika-Shivudu parts have a huge soporific effect on me. 🙂

      My point with this article is entirely different. Its not about top reviewers or the issue of rape or sexual harassment. Its the opportunistic use of content and its fabrication and finally passing it off as “pro-women”. Seriously, you must agree there are a lot of real-issues regarding women and other issues for the good of both men and women that need to be dealt with rather than pin-pointing to a particular scene in a movie that suddenly became famous. This might also be one of the reasons, like the other loose, “pro-women” content spread around by so-called, die-hard feminists, that I am stripping the “feminist” tag from my 24 year old self. I had been one till a few years ago and will be one again if a particular section of people wake up and open their eyes to the world.

      Have a good day! 🙂

  3. “Is the stunning rise of negative reviews pointing to a particular scene and discounting everything else that is sheer magnificence a mere coincidence?”
    Are you implying these negative reviews are orchestrated by someone or some group with ulterior motives?
    Nice funny article btw. I was so surprised that people could dig up “sexism” in this movie. I was so sure women will love the movie for having such strong female characters like shivagami, devasena and avantika. But boy was I wrong lol. That last statement about avantika sums up my opinion of her too. But somehow there are people who saw her as a helpless victim *sigh*

  4. Loved the write up ! I’ve been tweeting against needless negativity about the movie. I think all these sanctimonious humbugs make love with their clothes on 🙂

  5. After that last sentence about avanthika, you should just drop the mic and walk away ma’m :). Excellent take. People these days…they just seem to be looking for reasons to get offended. Seems like making movies is like walking on eggshells now-a-days. It’s unfortunate that rajamouli and his team after working day and night for 3 1/2 years to give us this masterpiece, has to take this bullcr@p.
    Thanks a lot for this brilliant satire. Your sanity feels like a breath of fresh air after arguing with morons about this apparent “glamorization of rape” issue.

    1. Thank you so much! 🙂
      And, it seems that I have offended some of those people who are now accusing me of “supporting a culture that promotes the sexual harassment of women”!!!

      1. That’s their way of saying “how dare you not toe the line?” I think it particularly irritates them that you are a woman, ironically.

          1. I hope they realize you are in agreement with them, when it comes to consent in real life. You and I just don’t see this movie as a tool that promotes sexual violence, because we are able to differentiate between a fantasy movie and a real life lol

            1. The main problem is they are deliberately casting aside the sheer scale & magnificence of the movie and trying to malign it with a link-bait, glamorized concept to ride on a short tide of popularity!! I don’t think it has anything to do with REAL ISSUES or else it would be not be so opportunistic!

  6. Great write up. But I am actually torn between the two sides of the aisle when it comes to the “mask of zorro” scene. On one hand I understand that the movie is just an art. I understand the actual intention of Rajamouli in his “mask of zorro” scene. The point was to get the feminine side of avanthika a hardened warrior, out and he has to do it literally in few minutes time from the movie time pov. Another thing is the director already knows the end result of that little tussle(which some are calling rape) before hand and that changes the whole equation, because that’s the basic difference between reality and the movie. The concept of consent in the movie is actually meaningless if you think about it. If in reality every woman willingly runs in to the arms of the man who applies a little “mask of zorro” action, you think the concept of consent will have any meaning?
    On the other hand though, I can understand the sensitivity of some who think this will send a wrong message too, given the alarming frequency of violence against women in this country.
    But in any case, the director is definitely not to be blamed because as I said the concept of consent is meaningless from this movie’s point of view. It’s like the expression of his art is totally misunderstood.

    1. Hi Dileep! Thanks for this great comment 🙂 As you mentioned that from a movie point of view “consent is meaningless”, because if it were not so the movie would possibly drag and drag and drag forever with a cat and mouse chase (Richard Burton’s Taming of The Shrew, anyone?)
      What I can’t understand is the fact why the “mask of zorro” scene is being used as an weapon to supplant the cinematic brilliance and sheer magnificence of the movie. Personally I always fall asleep during the song that follows the “mask of zorro” scene but that in no way negates everything else that is spectacular about the movie, starting from the character portrayals of women like Sivagami to the magnificent idol of Goddess Kali!

      1. “What I can’t understand is the fact why the “mask of zorro” scene is being used as an weapon to supplant the cinematic brilliance and sheer magnificence of the movie.”
        As you said these people probably are pseudo-intellectuals who jumped at the opportunity to be outraged lol.
        Also sivagami is my most favorite character of the movie. The chemistry between the foster mother sanga and shivudu was the most natural looking one than between any other characters in my opinion, especially the one between avanthika and shivudu(lol), although the director did what he could in that limited time. Overall as you said the movie was just brilliant in every aspect. It’s unfortunate that some people choose to nitpick and make a mountain out of a mole, rather than enjoy the movie which is visual spectacle like never before in the history of indian cinema.
        Also thanks a bunch for the reply 🙂

        1. 🙂 🙂
          BTW, someone actually commented here that I am promoting “Sexual harassment of women” with my article!!!

          1. A woman promoting sexual harrassment of women… yeah that makes sense alright lol. All we do is facepalm and move on. Ideologues are hopeless.

  7. What an idiotic post! It’s a pity that when some people try to fix things wrong with Indian cinema, and the typical Indian stalker mindset, people like you come up with these and pass them off as satire, encouraging a culture that promotes sexual harassment of women. I am sure you’d be the first to complain when that happens and ask for stricter policing etc. (not denying the need for that). Really sad to see people think like this, and even more idiots actually try support it. Never change, India.

    1. Hi Subhankar,
      Hope you are having a great time grumbling over everything you come across on a Saturday evening. 🙂
      Did you even read the article? It’s a light hearted commentary on that fact that we should actually focus on what’s required. There are a lot of real problems in the world than the imagined “rape” of a fictional character that “is promoting sexual harassment of women!?”
      My post focuses on yellow journalism and the publication of opportunistic link-bait content to increase readership/ revenue.
      I specifically focussed on gnarled, twisted and fabricated ideas passing off as “pro-women”. I didn’t see any of this dedication when women have been dangled like non-entities in front of hordes of Indian movie goers!
      The fact that you do not know me and are not even remotely familiar with my work, passing personal statements on “people like me” (pray, describe my attributes!) for promoting “sexual harassment of women” proves that you have lost ground under your feet and have to launch personal attacks to try to prove your point (what ever that might be). And the conclusion of your harangue, “Never change, India” is being proved by your own behaviour without any help at all! 🙂

  8. May I also request the author of this blog to recommend one more point to negative reviewers but from a different movie ‘Bajrangi bhaijaan’. In one crucial scene of the movie, finding the travel agent selling the little girl to a brothel house, Salman thrashes goondaas out of anger. One of the’rowdy’ guys falls out of the window onto a small street vendor shop demolishing it completely. I would like you to bring this scene to the notice of the negative reviewers who are capable of finding needles in a haystack. Please can some stand and talk on behalf of the street vendor who are the poor hard working people and remind how selfish people in this world get carried away by an emotion without noticing these things and talk about it.

  9. Excellent wite-up. Hopefully this will shut up those biased journalists who cannot fathom how a regional fim is doing so well !!!!

  10. Great write up. directed here from Rajamouli twitter feed. Loved how satire play you got there! You are on my RSS feed now 🙂

  11. You are a sane voice of nation and your satire is spot on.Kudos and keep writing.Waiting for more reads..:)

  12. Hi AM, looks like you have taken some time to analyze this movie and wrote some negative thoughts you have. I think you are are missing the main point of a movie, it is all about entertainment, fiction and time pass. I am not sure how you can attach real problems into a movie….
    Movies, Novels and Artists create their imagination and put them on display for people to see their imagination. It is silly to take a entertainment to reality.
    There are 100’s and 1000’s of movies which show burning national monuments, people, buildings and so on…. this doesn’t mean it is real, it is just for entertainment purpose, watch and enjoy and admire the peoples hard work behind it.
    Now were you see the movie producers, Director or any other technicians speak about reality and people should follow….
    Please grow up and take your human rights issue somewhere else… There are lot of people suffering around the world!

  13. Cant seem to find the author’s name here…whoever you are you are amazing…
    last few lines is exactly how i percieved avantika’s character..spot on..sharing this… 🙂

  14. Negative views surrounding Anaamika and portrayal of tribals in a section of press is sheer waste of time and energy. Mouths will be shut in few months time after English version for global audience is released. The world will surely will sit up and take notice of the amazing work Director SS Rajamouli. After AR Rahman, he will be the next big talent from India to be noticed by Hollywood film fraternity, if the rave reviews given by international film critics and paparazzi, are anything to go by…

  15. Negative views surrounding Anaamika and portrayal of tribals in a section of press is sheer waste of time and energy. Mouths will be shut in few months time after English version for global audience is released. The world will surely will sit up and take notice of the amazing work by an India. After AR Rahman, he will be the big talent to be noticed by Hollywood film fraternity.

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