The characters of Baahubali: The Beginning, a historic epic fiction directed by S S Rajamouli, are inspired by various personalities described in Ramayana & Mahabharata. Though it is not a one-to-one match, we see many sequences that will remind us of the incidents recorded in these epics. In fact, movie maker S S Rajamouli, who conceived and presented this visually stunning experience called Baahubali, says that he took inspiration from Mahabharata and that he had emotional connect with these epics, which were fed to him right from his childhood.
Krishna being transferred from Mathura to Gokula
Ravana talking to Sitadevi in Ashokavana
Hanuman setting fire to palace of Ravana
Mahabali and Vamanadeva
Kalayavana attacks Mathura
The attack of Kalakeyas, a tribe that speaks an incomprehensible language, on Mahishmati, is similar to that of the attack of Kalayavana, a barbarian warrior, who attacked Mathura, with thirty million soldiers. The Kalakeyas were described as barbarians who do not follow any specific rules while battling and they pass through the cities destroying them and making them look like a field stripped off by the swarming locusts that destroy the crops.
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Baahubali: The Conclusion which is scheduled to release in 2016, may come with more surprises. However, project Baahubali is just a trailer of Mahabharata. With his stunning visualization, let us wait for S S Rajamouli to present the original epic Mahabharata, with much more grandeur.