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You Need to Watch Baahubali — Here’s A Primer

Maximilian Rivera March 12, 2018

So this is gonna sound weird, but we want you guys to watch two movies with us, and then send us your thoughts! We are pushing back our new episode one week to hear from YOU!

That’s right, all you have to do is watch Baahubali: The Beginning and Baahubali 2: The Conclusion on Netflix, and then send us your thoughts at podcast@TheCriticalBreakdown.com. Both films are streaming in multiple languages, including Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil!

The Baahubali series is hard to explain, but it is one of the most successful Indian films in India, as well as in the US. The film is a fantasy adventure film, with epic war, romantic musical numbers, and enough fun to make us fall in love. It’s bombastic, it’s ridiculous, and it’s sincere. Also, the first film ends with an epic cliffhanger, that possibly surpasses other cinematic cliffhangers I have seen. We had chills! Scott screamed!

The Baahubali series needs to be experienced — we haven’t put in enough love for foreign cinema here, and so we’re taking the extra time to let our brains fully digest what they experienced.

Once again, we encourage ALL of our listeners to check out at least one of these films and then send us your thoughts in email. You can send us a text email, a video email, or an audio email. You can also tweet at us, leave us a facebook message, or send us snail mail. Basically, if you record your voice, we’ll shove you in our episode, but if you send us words, we’ll read them out loud.

Consider yourselves recipients of our first challenge! There WILL be a quiz at the end of this lesson.

I must reassure you that this isn’t a joke. While it might seem like a gag for the show to some, it’s not. These are two super interesting, really entertaining films that represent aspects of Indian culture inside of a greater shell of a fun, bombastic action series. The films were originally filmed in Telugu and Tamil, which also adds to the big surprise that they did so well in theaters — since there is a largely Hindi market within the Indian film space.

So fire up the old Netflix and search Baahubali. You have numerous language options and one hell of a ride — there are so many things in these films that work, even if they feel like they are out of your wheelhouse at first. If you do hate the films for some odd reason, hit us up via the email link or social media and give us your thoughts anyway!

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.