Wanted: A Baahubali for Congress

There is a surrealistic correlation between the Grand Old (National) Party’s debacle in Uttar Pradesh State Assembly elections and the yet to be released sequel to Baahubali. SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus Baahubali – The Beginning that smashed several Indian cinema records after its release in 2015, is all set to set new records with the second part titled Baahubali 2 –The Conclusion. The film is slated to be released on April 28 all over the world and a two-minute preview of the visual spectacle is said to have claimed nearly over 50 million hits in a span of one week in Telugu, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam. What’s more, even before the movie hit the screens, it has already recovered the money spent on producing the film through distribution, TV and other rights.

The central character in the two-part mythological war drama is an invincible hero who fights evil forces to clinch victory. What makes him tall and a cut above others is his divine heroics. As the film’s legendary director Rajamouli has succeeded in building up the right kind of expectations and tempo laced with suspense a month ahead of the expected blockbuster’s release, the least he expected is to see the reel hero firing the imagination of political leaders in Telangana.

Having bitten the dust in Uttar Pradesh and found itself at wits’ end in claiming power from the jaws of victory in Goa and Manipur, Telangana Congress is the first party to see a savior in the mythical hero. A bitter critic of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, Opposition leader K Jana Reddy has said a Baahubali would emerge from Congress ranks to defeat the ruling party Telangana Rashtra Samithi at the 2019 elections. His tongue-in-cheek remark has triggered a barrage of comments from the ruling and opposition sides with veterans likening the film characters to real leaders.

For example, senior Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao has said that “those who attract people will be called Baahubali. I am also Baahubali. There were several Baahubalis in the Congress party.”

However, the ‘real Baahubali’ is none other than KCR (Chief Minister) who is invincible and unparalleled, thundered his deputy Kadiam Srihari. KCR’s daughter Kavitha who is a Member of Parliament from Nizamabad, has pumped up his image saying, “KCR is not just party’s Baahubali but also the entirety of Telangana State.” Jumping onto the bandwagon of Baahubali, another Congress leader Komatireddy Venkat Reddy has averred that “every leader in the party has the might of Baahubali to romp Congress home in the next elections.”

Not to be left behind to stake claim to power in the next election, BJP floor leader in Telangana Assembly G Kishen Reddy has prophesied one leader within the party in the State would emerge as Baahubali.

After watching the film, the people in the two Telugu States have to watch who will emerge as Baahubalis to defeat the strong leaders of the ruling parties in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. For opposition parties, including Congress, as of now, Modi is Baahubali not just at regional level but at national level. How many Baahubalis the mother-son led party needs to face the Big Baahubali?–SMR



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