Baahubali: With great budget comes greater disappointment.

Look, the poster of the movie is a good way to predict how the movie is going to be, right? So when you see a six pack stud sauntering with a sixty ton shiva lingh, some of us would sigh and say, "oh! another shitty movie" and others would be mentally retarded single cell amoeba. But then we hear that the director has invested 2 years and 200 crores to make a movie, and we begin to think, maybe,  just MAYBE, that a fraction of it would have gone into coming up with... oh! what is it called, that thing which every Hollywood movie has... no! not special effects... yes! a STORY and a PLOT!

So we go to the movie, and it is payback time for the single cell amoeba. Our brain is assaulted with all the cliches of the 1960's once-upon-a-time-there-was-a-king movie; brothers (one evil, one virtuous) fight for throne, virtuous brother is betrayed and killed, his wife is chained in city square for two decades and of course the biggest cliche of them all, the virtuous brother's infant escapes and comes back... as spitting image of his father. You know what they say: good might get eclipsed for a while, but it will come back as double action.

To be fair to the movie, the cliches are rendered in spectacular visuals. The story takes place in a mythical country called mahishamathi which is home to a spectacular waterfall, a dense amazonian jungle, snow clad mountains and a wide desert where war can be choreographed. You wonder how this is possible, but the answer is not hard to find. The answer is that the kingdom is a blessed land, a land blessed with special effects.

So against a picture perfect backdrop of snowy mountains complete with icicles hanging from every leaf, the hero (clad in tropical cotton dress) stripteases heroin (who is already in what could be called as a revealing warrior costume) to reveal that beneath the warrior she is just a woman. The enlightened heroine falls for hero because, you see, in this mythical country there is no concept of feminism... or frostbite. Then the hero takes couple of steps, lands in a warm city and frees a woman who has been languishing in chains for twenty five years near a conveniently placed horse cart.

At this point the movie goes into flashback, to fill in the minor details like the chained woman is hero's mother and his father was the original king. Never mind that everybody in the theater knows these already at this point. There has to be a flashback, because, you guessed it right, the director wants a VFX heavy war scene. To be fair again, the war scenes were spectacular. But for all its greatness, special effects have indeed failed at couple of places, the notable being that the hero's expressions were always plastic.

Summary: Quantity poops on Quality. Again.