After 10 July 2015, everyone in the nation was asking only one question. It became the hottest topic of discussion among friends, grapevines, social media, whatsapp, employees in the refreshment areas, and any place where you could find more than a single face. Memes, jokes, and all sorts of craziness were exchanged. Even the media went to every length and breadth, but apparently failed to answer – Why Katappa Killed Bahubali?
The intriguing story of Baahubali: The Beginning, has a nail-biting finish where Kattappa, a highly loyal slave, backstabs Baahubali, thereby killing him.
The movie ends in a cliffhanger showing Kattappa himself is responsible for Baahubali’s death, which is completely against his limitless dedication and loyalty to the king.
The incredible depiction of Kattappa’s loyalty throughout the movie and a final scene that contradicts everything left the audience beguiled.
It’s 2017, almost two years since the first part, Baahubali – The Beginning, released and people are ready to find out the answer when the movie release only a few days from now, i.e., April 28th.
In the meantime, AYT reached out to fans and asked them what could be their speculation behind the betrayal. Following are the responses of a few.
Amrit, a software professional from Bangalore thinks:
“Kattappa was a slave of the throne, and whoever sits on the throne becomes his ruler. So, maybe, Bhallala somehow became the king and asked Kattappa to kill Baahubali. Since he abided by his duty towards the king and could never go against his wishes, Kattappa killed Baahubali.”
Sagarika Acharya, a government employee from Bhubaneswar believes:
“Bhallala must have abducted Devasena and Sivagami and threatened to kill them, also declaring a war against the kingdom at the same time. Finding the empire falling apart, Kattappa decides to kill Baahubali, because that’s the only way to stop Bhallala from all the wrongdoings and save the Mahishmati kingdom.”
Maruti Mohanty, a WordPress developer, has a very quirky answer. He says:
“Kattappa and his family has been serving the Mahishmati empire for generations. It may have happened that Bijaladev, Baahubali’s crippled uncle, might have done some favor to Kattappa’s father, which left Kattappa in an unfulfilled debt. So, when Baahubali became the king instead of Bhallala, his son, Bijaladev used that debt and asked Kattappa to slay him so that he could see his son take over the throne.”
Pipilika Karmakar, a content writer from Bhagalpur, derives her reason from the Mahabharat, saying:
“Because Baahubali himself asked Kattappa to kill him.
When Baahubali was announced as the new emperor instead of Bhallala who won the challenge of beheading the Kalakeya king, he was left insulted.
Both, Bhallala and father Bijaladev’s ego was hurt as neither of them was able to make it to the throne. This created a coup within the kingdom and they conspired to kill Baahubali.
Somehow, Baahubali might have caught an air of the conspiracy and instead of opposing, he decides to give in since they are his loved ones, similarly like Arjuna from the Mahabharat, who fails to lift his Gandeeva bow against an army of his own relatives.”
“Devasena could have been the daughter of a sworn enemy of the kingdom. Since marrying the enemy’s daughter could cause unforeseen circumstances, the loyal slave Kattappa took it in his hands to bring justice to the kingdom.”
He also thinks Kattappa gets played by Bhallala somehow and becomes the kingslayer.
Right or wrong, these answers does make a meaningful stance. We will be eager to know if anyone of them was able to reason it correctly.
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, releases this weekend.
Let us know what you think about the above answers in the comment section. Or, if you have your own version of why Kattappa killed Baahubali, AYT is all ears.