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Why 'Bahubali' Is Not As Sexist As The Critics Seem To Think

Critics lambasted SS Rajamouli's magnum opus Bahubali: The Beginning for leaving no space for female characters to develop, and held it as an example to show how Telugu cinema is stuck in a medieval past. "Masculinity-porn", "sexist" and "testosterone-heavy epic" were some of the phrases used to describe the film. While I think deconstructing gendered representations in films is something to encourage, these readings are nowhere close to my experience of the Bahubali.