Raabta Review (SPOILERS): Magadheera, But Totally Different

As you know from my no spoilers review, which already went up, I LOVED Raabta.  It was not at all what I was expecting.  I wasn’t even going to see it, but then my sister was in town, and watching a bad romance film in theaters is kind of the perfect sororal activity.  And it turned out to be a good romance, instead of a bad one!  Which is even more perfect for a sororal activity.

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Magadheera and the Honorable Muslim

So, I finally watched, Magadheera, yay!  It’s just as good as everyone said it would be, like Bahubali but only slightly less so.  And the hero has beautiful hair and the heroine is spunky and the special effects are super, and it has one sequence that was just jaw-droppingly beautiful:

It starts out just “kill a 100 men so you can show off a lot!”.  But then it turns into this sort of endurance effort to show the triumph of the human spirit and soul and nobility, because he is proving himself to his ancestors and his warrior spirit.  And then it goes from being bravado to triumph of spirit, to just pure “I must do this for the person I love.”  It didn’t even feel romantic to me, more in that “mother lifts a car off her child” kind of arena.  Which is why it was so powerful, it turned into something completely selfless and loving and triumphal.

Anyway, I don’t want to talk about any of that.  No, what I find interesting in the clip above is the how the Muslim enemy leader comes to respect our hero’s bravery and achievements.  Which was a huge relief, because it meant the Muslim character in this movie was going to be an “Honorable Muslim” instead of a “Rapacious Muslim.”

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