The Rise of Sivagami – Book by Anand Neelakantan
When Baahubali-2 movie released in April this year, I had not seen the first part yet. But I was so impressed by the movie trailers, that I had to see it. After watching the first part at home, we booked tickets for Part-2 for the very same evening and was blown away by the movie. I was so besotted that a week later, I watched it again. After this, like most obsessed fans of this movie, I started digging online for more information. That’s when I came across this book and ordered it. It was said to be the prequel to the movie. I’m a little surprised that the book did not get much publicity.
This book ‘The Rise of Sivagami’ is written by Anand Neelakantan, an Indian author. It is the first book in a three part series.
In the movie Baahubali, Sivagami is one of the central and most powerful characters. Played by Ramya Krishnan, Sivagami is shown as a strong, courageous woman who does not hesitate to wield a weapon when necessary.
In this book, the story starts with her younger days. Sivagami is a little girl who is left orphaned when the King of Mahishmathi accuses her father of being a traitor and kills him. Her father’s friend Thimma takes her under his wing and cares for her till she is older. She has always believed that her father was wronged and lives to avenge his death. Twelve years later after her father’s death, she discovers a manuscript in a strange language, which, she believes would lead to the real reason why her father was killed. Around the same time, Thimma takes her to the royal orphanage of Mahishmathi saying that living there would be in her best interests.
Meanwhile, there are a whole lot of important people from the King’s ‘inner circle’, who are conspiring against him. There is also a forest tribe who is planning to wage a war against him.
Kattappa (another strong character from the movie) is a slave to Prince Bijjaladeva (who, in the movie is married to Sivagami) the elder prince of the kingdom of Mahishmathi. Bijjaladeva is a bratty prince who is constantly getting into trouble and Kattappa keeps trying to save him.
This is what the story line of this book revolves around – Sivagami’s struggles in the orphanage & her quest to decode the manuscript, Kattappa’s struggle to keep Bijjaladeva out of trouble and the various conspiracies going on against the King of Mahishmathi.
Confusing? Too many characters? Wait till you read the book. There are so many characters in this book that initially I found it really difficult to keep track of them. Every now and then, I had to keep referring to the ‘Dramatis Personae’ part where the list of characters are mentioned. However, the story line is quite captivating, and you wouldn’t mind turning the pages again and again to find out who’s who.
Though the book does not live up to the larger than life image of the characters in this movie, the book is no doubt amazing. Would I have picked up the book had I not seen the movie Baahubali-2? The answer is – most probably not. Had the movie not been that good, this book would have probably not come in my radar and I would have missed a really good story. Okay, anyone knows when the Book 2 is releasing?
Would you want to read this book? Did you know about it earlier? Do leave a comment!