Director: S. S. Rajamouli
Cast: Prabhas as Sivudu aka Mahendra Baahubali and Amarendra Baahubali, Rana Daggubati as Bhallala Deva, Ramya Krishnan as Rajamatha Sivagami Devi, Anushka Shetty as Devasena, Sathyaraj as Karikala Kattappa Nadar, Tamannaah Bhatia as Avantika, Nasser as Bijjala Deva, Rohini as Sanga, Adivi Sesh as Bhadra, Prabhakar as Inkoshi, and Sudeep as Aslam Khan in a cameo.
Baahubali tells the tale of a wise and just prince Amarendrabaahbali and his son Sivudu aka Mahendra Baahubali. At the beginning of the film, Rajamatha Sivagami Devi escapes with a baby from the clutches of her pursuers protecting, the soldiers of the Mahishmati Kingdom. She kills some of them and goes down the gigantic waterfalls which form the valley of the Jeevanadi.
Sivagami keeps the kid alive by sacrificing herself. Sanga, the wife of the chieftain of the Amburi tribals who live in the valley without the knowledge of the huge empire upon the river, spots the kid and adopts him. They name him Sivudu. Growing up Sivudu gets fascinated by the gigantic waterfalls in his vicinity and develops an interest in going up the stream but his mother doesn't want him to go there as she fears losing him.
One day, after he grows up into a well-built youngster, Sivudu find the mask of an unknown person coming down the waterfalls. He thinks it belongs to a woman, and dreams of her. Sivudu one day hallucinates that woman had come for him at the other edge from him. Unlike his previous attempts, Sivudu climbs the waterfalls and reach the forest area of Mahishmati Kingdom.
There he finds the shocking truth about the girl for whom he had come all the way. She is Avantika, a fierce warrior who works for a guerilla army leader who fights Bhallala Deva, the current king of Mahishmati. What is the reason for their feud, how Sivudu joins their fight for the sake of Avantika, and how he finds his identity forms the crux of the story.
Baahubali won international acclaim and is rated as one of the top 10 films in the lists of some of the top critics in the world. It received generally positive response from the Indian critics who commented upon the grandeur and the epic scale of the film and Rajamouli's vision. Prabhas, Rana, Ramya Krishnan performance are lavishly applauded. Sathyaraj's Kattappa became a cult character.
The movie won such an audience approval that it went on to become the fourth biggest grosser in the history of Indian Cinema and the highest grossing South Indian Cinema. Baahubali is released in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, and Hindi alongside the Telugu version. Baahubali: The beginning grossed over 653 crores in all.
Baahubali won numerous awards and acclaim, chief among them is the Best Film Award at the National Film Awards by becoming the first Telugu film to receive the prestigious award. It also bagged the Special Effects award. At the 63rd Filmfare Awards South, the Telugu version won five awards from ten nominations, including Best Film, Best Director for Rajamouli and Best Supporting Actress for Krishnan.
Both the Tamil and Telugu versions won several awards in their respective categories, including Best Film, Best Director for Rajamouli, and Best Supporting Actress for Krishnan at the 1st IIFA Utsavam. Baahubali: The Beginning became the first Indian film to be nominated for Saturn Awards, receiving five nominations at the 42nd ceremony, including Best Fantasy Film and Best Supporting Actress for Tamannaah.