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Kalki 2898 AD character guide: Who is Prabhas’ Bhairava?

Kalki 2898 AD has been garnering attention of cine-goers with its unique world building and fascinating characters. Prabhas played the role of Bhairava in the Nag Ashwin directorial.

Kalki 2898 AD character guide: Who is Prabhas’ Bhairava?
Prabhas as Bhairava in Kalki 2898 AD.

Last Updated: 12.22 AM, Jul 07, 2024

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Indian cinema witnessed the birth of a new movie franchise, with the release of Kalki 2898 AD. Director Nag Ashwin and his team treated the cine-goers by creating an engaging sci-fi film, which is deeply rooted in Indian mythology, and the epic Mahabharata. Telugu superstar Prabhas appeared as Bhairava in the film, which stars Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, and Kamal Haasan in the other pivotal roles. Prabhas’ performance highly impressed the audiences, and the movie hints that the actor has a bigger part to play in the upcoming sequel.

Kalki 2898 AD: Meet Prabhas’ Bhairava

Prabhas in a still from Kalki 2898 AD.
Prabhas in a still from Kalki 2898 AD.

The epic sci-fi film introduces Prabhas’ character Bhairava as a great fighter, who is well-known for his physical prowess. He is famous in all worlds including the much-hidden Shambala, and is a hero to many youngsters. However, Bhairava is not a righteous man most of them think he is. He is a self-admittedly selfish man, who doesn’t think twice before doing what is right for him. Interestingly, the character’s only emotional anchor is his intelligent robot Bujji (voiced by Keerthy Suresh), who has no proper body yet. It is Bujji who keeps Bhairava grounded and talks some sense into him.

Prabhas in Kalki 2898 AD.
Prabhas in Kalki 2898 AD.

As per the protagonist’s narration, he was left alone as an infant at a war place, where Captain Dulquer Salmaan) finds him. Captain brought him up, trained him in almost everything, and taught him to be selfish in the modern world. However, as Bhairava narrates his flashback, Bujji warns the listeners that he changes the back story every week. From this hint, it is safe to assume that there is much more to Bhairava’s birth and Captain’s role in his life than he revealed.

Who is Bhairava – Karna or Kashi’s Kaal Bhairav?

Prabhas as Bhairava in Kalki 2898 AD.
Prabhas as Bhairava in Kalki 2898 AD.

The first half of Kalki 2898 AD hints that Bhairava could be an incarnation of Kaal Bhairav, the God who sits on his ride dog and safeguards Kashi. The epic interval sequence, in which Bhairava saves a group of people from a massive wheel that falls, hints at the same. However, the Immortal Ashwatthama, the epic character played by Amitabh Bachchan visualises him as his long-lost best friend Karna, from epic Mahabharata. He is prompted to believe that Bhairava could be Karna, as he succeeds in using the legendary character’s powerful weapon.

Amitabh Bachchan and Prabhas in Kalki 2898 AD.
Amitabh Bachchan and Prabhas in Kalki 2898 AD.

Even though there is no clarity on who Bhairava is yet, it is safe to assume that the Kalki 2898 AD sequel might revolve around his redemption and journey to selflessness and unconditional love. Bhairava is indeed destined to support Ashwatthama in his mission to protect the unborn his Kalki and his mother Sumati (Deepika Padukone), from Supreme Yaskin (Kamal Haasan). The second installment is also expected to throw light into Bhairava’s birth secret, his real parents, and the actual identity of his foster father Captain, who never seems to age.

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