Baahubali is an Indian movie which was released in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and French languages and it is the most expensive movie till date in the history of Indian cinema. Its estimated cost is around Rs. 250 crores. It has crossed 400 crore box office collection since its release date of July 10, 2015 and it is still running successfully in the theatres. It is an epic period drama directed by S.S. Rajamouli which shows the clash between the two brothers for the hold of Kingdom. The roles of two brothers are played by Baahubali (Prabhas) and Bhallala Deva (Rana Daggubati). This film teaches us leadership messages through its beautiful and engaging story line.
Here are few leadership lessons which I have learnt after watching this interesting movie:
(1) Perseverance & continuous efforts is the key to succes
In the beginning of the movie it is shown that the successor of the Mahishmati Kingdom & son of Baahubali, Shivudu is saved by old lady and later he was raised by tribal people on the hills. Since his childhood, Shivudu keeps on trying climbing the mountain. He failed numerous numbers of times but still he kept trying and made continuous efforts to reach the top of the mountain. One good day he found a mask which fell from the top of the mountain, he formed the image of the mask on the sand that emerged out to be of a lady. This imaginary motivation further pushed him to ultimately climb the mountain and reach his goal. Although his only goal was to climb the mountain but on reaching the top of the mountain he found altogether a different story with very wide purpose and perspective, he was exposed to the Kingdom of Mahishmati, that was beyond his imagination and which further defined his goal in life. You never know that after completing one goal, you may find another interesting journey which otherwise would be impossible without completing the first goal which was climbing the mountain in this movie.
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(2) Sharing creates strong bonding
Both Baahubali and Bhallala belonged to the royal family; both were getting training to prove their candidature for the royal seat. In the movie it was shown in one instance that Baahubali left his royal food and joined Kattapa (loyal army unit’s head) and team to share lunch. The whole team was surprised to see that the probable future king was sitting and having lunch with them. This created a strong bonding of love and acceptance between the team members and Baahubali. They accepted him the king in their hearts much before the outcome of the competition between Baahubali and Bhallala.
(3) With right strategy you can accomplish the difficult task
In the movie, when the Mahishmati Kingdom was about to be attacked by evil King Kalakeya with the strength of 1,00,000 soldiers (4 times the strength of Mahismati Kingdom), Baahubali recommends Trishul Vyuh strategy which was never tested nor implemented by anybody in the past. In this strategy, one team will fight from the front and keep the opponent’s soldiers engaged while the two other teams will try to reach to the evil King and kill him; this will break the morale of the team and they will be defeated. This strategy helped Mahishmati Kingdom to conquer the war even with quarter strength of the soldiers.
(4) It is our duty to protect the helpless creatures
In the movie it was shown that it was considered auspicious to sacrifice an animal before leaving for war. Bhallala Deva did sacrifice the animal before Devi (Goddess) but Baahubali didn’t sacrifice the helpless animal rather he offered his own blood to the Devi. This act of Baahubali created a generous image in the mind of people and made his team realize that it is their duty to protect the helpless creatures.
(5) Use your mind when you have limited resources
In the movie, in a bid to fight against the evil king Kalakeya, it was ordered to divide the soldiers, arms & ammunition equally between two brothers Baahubali and Bhallala Deva and who first, between the two brothers, kill the evil king will be considered the king of the Maheshmati. Bhallala Deva somehow managed to get all latest arms & ammunition and Baahubali was left with basic arms & ammunition.His team tied large cloth, soaked with inflammable liquid, between two large round stones and then shot at the opponent’s soldiers which were approaching at a fast speed. The cloth engulfed and covered large number of soldiers and in no time, the Baahubali’s team aimed and shot burning arrows at the large cloth which was covering the opponent’s soldiers. In next moment, the fire engulfed all soldiers wrapped in the cloth and died. This example shows that how he used his mind and managed to kill more soldiers of opponent team than his brother Bhallala Deva despite short of resources.
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(6) Saving life is more important than killing
The soldiers of cruel king Kalakeya captured civilians of Mahishmati Kingdom and made them to stand between them and Mahismati’s soldiers as defense. In order to reach the enemy soldiers, Bhallala did not care about his civilians, he killed them mercilessly through the moving swords of his chariot. On the other hand, Baahubali first saved his people and then attacked and killed the kalkeya’s soldiers. The civilians who were saved by Baahubali and team accepted him as their king in their mind and hearts and this acceptance was without any command and order. The act of humanity is above all purposes.
(7) Life is facing the problems and death is escaping from them
In the movie, when the defense of Kattapa’s team is broken by the Kalkeya’s army unit, the Mahishmati's soldiers lost their confidence and they started running away to save their lives. Baahubali understood the gravity of the situation, he stop them and made them to understand the real meaning of life. He said that in this way you are not running to save your life rather you are actually running towards your death. Leaving a battle ground is nothing less than death; you must face your enemy in order to win and live. He re-energized and motivated the army unit of Mahishmati, this boosted their confidence and they eventually won the war against the cruel king Kalakeya.
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A great leader will always keep in mind his team, who will take decisions that are beneficial for the betterment and growth of his team and the society even at the stake of his own interests.