Book Review: The Rise of Sivagami: Book 1 of Baahubali – Before the Beginning by Anand Neelakantan

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Bahubali: The Beginning, is an immensely popular historical drama, many of us are very well aware of. The movie is known to have raised the bar of the special effects used in the Indian cinema, making it the most graphically appealing Indian movie ever made.

The movie is a breathtaking ride in and around the powerful Mahishmathi Kingdom, with a prominent take on Amarendra Bahubali, the greatest warrior of the Mahishmathi empire.

The Story takes a shocking turn in its final moments when Kattappa, a loyal slave and protector of Mahishmathi Kingdom kills Bahubali, creating a mystery that was an internet sensation for months, asking why did Kattappa kill Bahubali?

It’s been almost two years since the conception of the mystery and now is the time when the sequel, Bahubali: The conclusion, is released and people are crowding the theaters with an intention to unravel the mystery and mysteries that were left to be revealed.

Rajmata Sivagami, one of the lead characters in Bahubali: the Beginning, in an opening sequence in the same, does an escapade from the empire in order to protect the baby, known to be the son of Amarendra Bahubali.

Her struggles to protect the baby while passing by a majestic waterfall comes to end when a tribal person manages to collect the baby resting on a hand of Rajmata Sivagami just before she is drowned in a river flow.

What made her doing an escapade from the Mahishmathi Kingdom? Who and why would somebody want to kill a baby? and above all, Why Kattappa killed Bahubali? Answers to all are getting revealed in theatres. But the most critical character whose story is sidelined is of Sivagami, a leading woman of the Mahishmathi empire, who actually rose from an ordinary background.

The history behind her association with the Mahishmathi empire has secrets consisting of betrayal and revenge and this all came up as one of few prominent reasons to script down the prequel of the Bahubali: The Beginning.

Anand Neelakantan, being the renowned writer of India, known for writing historical drama, was the first choice by director Rajamouli to pen down the prequel under the title, Rise of Sivagami Before the Beginning.

The events before Bahubali: The Beginning is proposed to be written in a trilogy with the first novel being The Rise of Sivagami, Book 1 of Baahubali – Before the Beginning.

The Rise of Sivagami by Anand Neelakantan

The Rise of Sivagami by Anand Neelakantan is a story of an orphan girl named Sivagami who intends to take down the mighty king of the Mahishmathi empire, which to her knowledge has killed her father.

The book opens up with the background of Sivagami, her childhood which to her knowledge is the most delightful time, but soon gets doomed when her father is branded as a traitor and is terminated.

Sivagami learns to grow accompanying pain until she attains a teenage when she outbursts and embarks on a revenge of killing the king and ultimately taking down the whole Mahishmathi empire.

Though she infiltrates Mahishmathi empire with prompt reasons but eventually ends up marrying Bijjaladeva, one of the prominent members of the Mahishmathi empire.

Sivagami becomes Rajmata Sivagami, leading the Mahishmathi empire. But there are many stories that run in parallel with the main story, which I felt creates a sort of hindrance.

The Rise of Sivagami by Anand Neelakantan lives upto the expectations of the director Rajamouli who remains the main thrust behind the prequel, Anand Neelakantan explains.

The prequel is a pleasant treat to all the fans of Bahubali and to people who are followers of historical drama.

Book Details

Book titleThe Rise of Sivagami: Book 1 of Baahubali - Before the Beginning
Author(s)Anand Neelakantan
GenreFantasy, Historical fiction, Action and Adventure
Publisher(s) Westland
Published in/on15 March 2017
No. of pages490
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