5 Life Lessons We Learned from Baahubali: The Beginning & The Conclusion
Last week we promised you a special episode — and this week we are delivering! We’re happy to deliver this hot fresh episode for you, where we breakdown Baahubali: The Beginning and Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. We asked our listeners to watch this episode last week, and we hope you did. If you didn’t, you still have time to go watch both and return to us!
One of the first lessons we learned from Baahubali was that you should never give up on your dreams. From the very beginning, we see him push through barriers — and overcome a giant waterfall! While we eventually learn that Shivadu is an unstoppable force, he starts as a humble villager, and a dedicated son. While his journey takes him onto a throne, his goal was never to get power, but to simply be the best Shivadu he can. That’s a life lesson, for sure.
While this seems like a no brainer, Baahubali (aka Shivadu) had to show us all up by 1. having two moms and 2. being a really good son to them. This contrasts with his father, who was a good son, but got too caught up in drama and found himself temporarily letting his mom down. In the end, we know that Baahubali, the father, was a good son. But with Shivadu, the son, we never worry about that. He not only helps his adopted mother, but even saves his birth mother before he even knew who she was.
Let’s toss this one to Baahubali the Father — dude could have sat on his own throne and had a good life, but he had promised Devasena that he would protect, marry, and respect her. Letting her marry his jerk-of-a-brother would have broken that promise ten fold. So while his mother was upset, he knew that respecting his deal with Devasena was more important than the throne (that he was promised). Sometimes, you have to focus on the promises you make, because your priorities might change — same as your opportunities.
Just think, there are moments in the film where both Baahubali the Father and the Son are faced with almost impossible odds. But neither stand around complaining — they both get out there, come up with a solid plan, and implement it piece by piece. While you might see an oncoming horde as an impossible task, Baahubali simply saw it as a chance to be creative. No archers? Get your men to sew giant blankets. And the Son learns just as quick. The city closes its walls? Make your men become the canonballs. Don’t let these bumps in the road stop your journey.
You thought The Last Jedi had this as a message? Move over, Rose. Baahubali and his crew touted this motto first. While Bhallaladeva fought for his throne as an inheritance, Baahubali fought for the people he loved. He fought for the concepts he was raised to uphold. In the end, while his father died for his beliefs, his son was rewarded with an empire, family, and followers. Yet he never fought for those things. The similarity between Baahubali and Star Wars stems from mythology and the heroes journey, but we know that these Indian films were pushing us to fight for love over power for a few years now.
Max is a marketing copywriter by day, filmmaker and screenwriter by night. He resides in Charlotte, NC, and loves his dogs, watching movies, building LEGO sets, and eating food. Lots of food.You can find Max at his personal website and twitter.