|Director||S. S. Rajamouli|
|Writer||K. V. Vijayendra Prasad|
|Music Director||M. M. Keeravani|
|Film Editing||Venkateswara Rao Kotagiri|
|Art Director||Manu Jagadh, Rahul Panchang|
|Playback Singers||Kailash Kher, Bombay Jayashri, Swetha Raj, Kala Bhairava, Neeti Mohan, Mounima, M. M. Keeravani, Palak Muchhal, Divya Kumar|
|Baahubali / Sivudu||Prabhas|
|Kalakeya War Lord||Prabhakar|
|Spirit Seller (Cameo)||S.S. Rajamouli|
|Hero friend||Venkat Vadisetti|
|Bhallaladeva's Soldier||Rakesh Varre|
|Scarlett Mellish Wilson|
|In the ancient Kingdom of Mahishmati in India, Sivagami, the queen (Ramya Krishnan), emerges from a cave adjoining a big waterfall, carrying a baby. She kills the soldiers pursuing her and sacrifices herself to save the baby. Local villagers spot the queen carrying the baby while almost drowning in the river and rescue the infant. The queen drowns after pointing towards the mountain above the waterfall. Sanga (Rohini) and her husband name the infant Shiva and raise him as their own son. They seal the cave fearing that someone may come to take away the child.
Shiva (Prabhas) grows up to be a well-built young man aspiring to hike the mountain and makes many unsuccessful attempts at it. It is revealed that he possesses unnatural strength. He then finds a mask of a girl which falls from the waterfall. Driven to find out the identity of the girl, he climbs the mountain again and succeeds this time.
On top of the waterfall, Shiva discovers that the mask belongs to Avanthika (Tamannaah), a rebellious warrior whose group has indulged in a guerrilla warfare against king Bhallala Deva / Pallvalathevan (Rana Daggubati) of the Mahishmati Kingdom. The group intends to rescue their former queen Devasena (Anushka Shetty) who has been chained in the kingdom for the past 25 years. Avanthika is given the opportunity to rescue the queen.
Avanthika falls in love with Shiva after she finds out that he has climbed the waterfall for her. Shiva pledges to help her in her mission and sneaks into Mahishmati to rescue Devasena. Shiva rescues her and flees along with her but is chased down by the king's Royal slave Kattappa (Sathyaraj), known for his great warrior abilities. After Shiva beheads Bhadra (Adivi Sesh), Bhalla Deva's son, Kattappa drops his weapons on realising that Shiva is Mahendra Baahubali, the son of late king Amarendra Baahubali.
A flashback reveals Amarendra Bahubali's past. Amarendra's mother died while giving him birth, while his father had died much before that. Sivagami takes charge of running the kingdom with Kattapa's assistance until a new king is elected. Amarendra Bahubali and Bhallala Deva are brought up together, trained in all areas including arts, science, disguise, politics and warfare, but both of them have different approaches towards kingship. Amarendra Baahubali is liberal to everyone but Bhallala Deva is violent and achieves his goals with any means possible.
When a war is forced upon Mahishmati by the Kalakeyas, Sivagami promises that the new king will be the one who beheads the Kalakeya king and orders that the war resources be distributed equally between the two cousins. Bijjala Deva (Nassar), Bhalla Deva's father, uses his cunningness to make sure Bhalladeva gets the maximum war fare. When it seems that Mahishmati would end up being defeated, Amarendra inspires his soldiers to fight to the death and they end up crushing the enemy. Despite Bhalla Deva being the one to kill the Kalakeya king, Sivagami announces Amarendra Baahubali as the new emperor because of his nobility and leadership in the war.
After the flashback, when asked about Amarendra's current whereabouts, a tearful Katappa reveals that the King is dead, and that Katappa himself is the one responsible for his dead.
|Budget||₹120 crore (US$18 million)|
|Revenue||est.₹600 crore (US$89 million)|
|Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA (2016):
Saturn Award (Nominated):
Best Fantasy Film
Best Supporting Actress - Tamannaah Bhatia
Best Music - M.M. Keeravani
Best Production Design - Sabu Cyril
Best Costume Design - Rama Rajamouli, Prashanti Tipirineni
Asian Film Awards (2016):
Best Visual Effects - Srinivas Mohan
IBNLive Movie Awards 2016
Best Actor South - Prabhas
National Film Awards, India (2016):
Golden Lotus Award (Won):
Best Feature Film - S.S. Rajamouli (director), Shobu Yarlagadda (producer), Arka Mediaworks (production company)