Baahubali 2– The Conclusion: The much-awaited sequel to Bahubali – The beginning is finally released and it indeed deserved all the attention it gathered prior to its release itself. Part 1 was certainly grand and spectacular, and Part 2 is even grander and visually spectacular. Since Baahubali – The beginning was immensely successful, it was very natural for the audience to have huge expectations from its sequel. Generally, when the prequel is very successful, it becomes very difficult for the sequel to set new benchmarking standards, but with Baahubali-2, it is entirely different, it has enhanced its own standard, creating new records as far as the box office success is concerned, and also superior in the craft. Filmmaker SS Rajamouli might have definitely experienced the stress to make the sequel much better than the prequel and now he can relax after making this magnificent film. This epic is certainly going to be registered in the Indian Cinema’s history for the kind of huge canvas it has used to share the story, the efforts taken by the cast and crew to make it a visual extravaganza. A must-watch, a sure shot blockbuster, etched in Indian Cinema’s history forever. This is originally filmed in Telugu and Tamil and also dubbed in Hindi and Malayalam.
In Baahubali : The beginning, the story was of Shiva Alias Mahendra Baahubali (Prabhas) falling in love with Avantika (Tamannaah). Shiva takes up the responsibility to fulfill Avantika’s mission of rescuing Devasena (Anushka Shetty) from the imprisonment of Bhallala Deva (Rana Daggubati), King of Mahishmathi kingdom without knowing how he is related to Devasena as well as this kingdom. While rescuing Devasena, he gets surprised when he is being identified as Baahubali. Later on, when he comes face to face with Kattappa (Sathyaraj), the truth unfolds before him in regard to his identity of being the son of Amarendra Baahubali (Prabhas in a double role) and Devasena.
The first part ends up with the confession of Kattappa that it was he who killed Amarendra Baahubali. Kattappa’s confession raised a very pertinent question and the whole set of the audience kept wondering why a loyal person like Kattappa killed Amarendra Baahubali. (Invite you to read my review of Bahubali – The beginning here: lenzscope.com/review-of-baahubali-beginning)
Now about Baahubali 2 : The Conclusion, without trying to review this epic film, let me just express that this film takes us through the answers to all those questions which we had after watching the first part: What sort of power play happens in the kingdom which resulted in the initial scene of injured Sivagami (Ramya Krishnan) trying to save the child. Who was Sivagami ? What is the story of two brothers Amarendra Baahubali and Bhallala Deva (Rana Daggubati)? How does the character of Kattappa (warrior slave of the kingdom) shape up in the film? What made Kattappa kill Amarendra Baahubali ? How did Amarendra and Devasena meet ? Was power the only reason for the rivalry between Amarendra Baahubali and Bhallala Deva ? What happens when the characters suffer from the inner conflict of making a choice between Dharma and Karma, what do they choose?
It is not that the plot is unpredictable, we can assume many happenings of the sequel, but what makes this sequel so special is that how Rajamouli has done the storytelling, making even the most obvious so intriguing in the film. This is one of the best aspects of the film which needs to be highlighted.
The film begins on a very lighter note with Amarendra Baahubali and Kattappa’s friendly banters, Amarendra’s falling in love with Devasena. As the film progresses, the plot gets into the rivalry of Bhallala with Amarendra, Bhallala and Bijjala Deva’s crooked and rutheless ways, conspiracies, power snatching, Amarendra’s righteousness, Mahendra fighting back etc.
Some breathtaking visuals are: Amarendra leaping into the air and shooting off three arrows in one go, the battlefield’s projection, the Mahishmathi Kingdom itself, the climax etc.
The musical scores are integrated and in sync with the screenplay.
If the first part saw some great performances of Prabhas, Rana and Tamannah, the second part showcased even better performances from Prabhas, Rana, Ramya Krishnan and Anushka Shetty. Prabhas has great screen presence. He is good as both Amarendra Baahubali and Mahendra Baahubali, plays both the characters effortlessly and with much ease. He is indeed a superstar to look out for in the coming days. Rana Daggubati looks huge on screen and his physical transformation to adapt to Bhallala Deva’s role is absolutely commendable. Even his body language expressed his character so well. Both Prabhas and Rana have made their on-screen rivalry look very much credible through their performances. Anushka Shetty as Devasena and Ramya Krishnan as Sivagami have given stupendous performances. Both of them are very good as headstrong, feisty and powerful women. Sathyaraj as Kattappa has done so much justice to his role, he is there in almost all the frames in the film. Nassar as Bijjala Deva does generate disliking for his character through his wonderful acting. Subbaraju as Kumara Varma is also very good.
What was missing in part 2 was that of Tamannah’s character Avantika. She played a very strong and a prominent character in the first part which was not further developed in Baahubali 2 : The Conclusion. One could get to see her glimpses only in 2 hours 47 minutes of the film. This was really sad. Another character which was not given importance in the sequel is that of Sanga (Rohini).
Rajamouli’s magnum opus Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is designed on a huge canvas, be it its production design, visual appeal, awesome performances, background score or narration. It is indeed a visual extravaganza and a treat to watch the film on big screen. A must-watch, a sure shot blockbuster, etched in Indian Cinema’s history forever.
Rating: 4.5/5 (Very Good +)
Cast and Crew Details : Source – Wikipedia Page
Cast: Prabhas (Amarendra Baahubali & Shiva alias Mahendra Baahubali), Rana Daggubati (Bhallala Deva), Tamannaah (Avantika), Anushka Shetty (Devasena), Sathyaraj (Kattappa), Nassar (Bijjala Deva), Ramya Krishnan (Sivagami), Rohini (Shiva’s mother Sanga), Subbaraju (Kumara Varma)
Direction: S. S. Rajamouli
Produced by: Shobu Yarlagadda, Prasad Devineni
Screenplay: S. S. Rajamouli
Story : V Vijayendra Prasad
Music: M.M. Keeravani (lyrics by Manoj Muntashir in Hindi)
Cinematography: K. K. Senthil Kumar
Edited by: Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Production Company: Arka Media Works
Distributed by: Dharma Productions (in Hindi)
Release Date: 28th April, 2017
Duration: 167 minutes
Language: Hindi (Dubbed; Original in Telugu)