Director: S. S. Rajamouli
Cast: Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Ramya Krishnan, Sathyaraj, Tamannaah
When Baahubali: The Beginning created a storm in 2015, the expectations were definitely humongous from the 2nd part and S. S. Rajamouli has matched those expectations with a great vision. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is an electrifying storytelling with a marvelous blend of story, execution and fights that engross you to the core.
Let’s get into the depth of the story. Extending from the ‘Why Kattappa Killed Baahubali?’ angle from the previous part, we would have expected a straight, right-on-the-point narration but Rajamouli is smarter than that. We get to see the fun side of Kattappa (Sathyaraj) and believe me; it’s amazing how Kattappa-Baahubali’s chemistry entertains you. Baahubali 2 dives into the young and glorified brave days of Amarendra Baahubali (Prabhas)) where he is righteous with his people, knows how to handle the harsh and battle situation and that’s why he is the beloved king of Mahishmati.
The curious and mesmerizing tale of romance between Baahubali and Devasena (Anushka Shetty), the politics that changes the entire scenario in Mahishmati, the gruesome incidences resulting into the death of Baahubali and lastly, the ultimate battle between Baahubali and Bhallaladeva (Rana Daggubati) are all inclusive in this gigantic story.
S. Rajamouli is an astute director. Right from the first scene, the film engages you. Baahubali making fun of Kattappa, their comic scenarios while they are on the move are simply enjoyable. The love becoming between Baahubali and Devasena is delightful and the way it affects the overall narrative is gradually unfolded by the director. The visuals are elemental to Baahubali. You can experience the grandness of the production design when the Coronation happens in Mahishmati. The whole squad of 10000 soldiers banging their swords and weapons, roaring by the crowd is breath-taking from every angle. This is how a cinematic display of kingdom should be presented.
The dirty politics of Bijjaladeva and its effect on the future of Baahubali-Devasena, the brutality in kingdom and the horrors of misunderstanding are directed in such a way that it keeps you glued to the screen. The first half is entertaining with fun and romance part while second part dives deep into the betrayal and bravery. The fights are sharp and some moves of Baahubali are applaud-worthy.
Some things did bother me. The ever wise and justice seeking Sivagami (Ramya Krishnan) taking decisions without giving much thought is a bit unconvincing from the writers’ part. Also, Kattappa killing Baahubali after so much trust and deep friendship between them is a thing I can’t buy. It might be possible, given the circumstances but I still have my doubts.
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The final part, especially the time when Mahendra Baahubali takes on Bhallaladeva, is hurriedly executed. Some scenes during this time of fights lacked the passion of revenge. Apart from these small flaws, Baahubali 2 is extravagant in every way. The characters are developed with much grit. Sivagami and Kattappa characters are highly intense and it gives the story a powerful backbone.
The VFX during battle fights shows the talent and hardwork put in from the team. The aerial shots of kingdom, the grand entrance of Mahishmati and the scenes of battle formation are greatly accomplished.
Prabhas has proved his acting prowess just like he did in the previous part. We have already seen his intensity and anger while he fights it out with the enemies but in Baahubali 2, we get to see his comic side too and you will love it. His initial scenes with Kattappa are amusing and love story with Devasena make up the perfect first half. His aggressive righteousness to protect his wife, the fights and the tremendous love and respect for his mother is strongly delivered by him. Prabhas has carried this mammoth project on his shoulder just like Baahubali.
Kattappa aka Sathyaraj is a compelling actor. I love when the supporting characters give such memorable performances that sometimes they become as vital as the lead one. Sathyaraj is exceptional as the loyal servant of Baahubali and his bravery is matched by his initial comedy with Baahubali. Ramya Krishnan is another captivating role from the film. Her dialogue delivery and the determination to protect the kingdom make a profound interest in the story.
Anushka Shetty is a charm to have in the movie. From the first scene, she is a beautiful princess who knows how to fight. Her attention and love for Baahubali is simply adorable. Anushka also brilliantly enacts the role of a woman who questions the wrong decisions of kingdom and that’s why she felt worthy of being Baahubali’s queen. Rana Daggubati is equally effective as Prabhas although his presence in the first half is not much evident. His muscular built and anger was necessary.
Baahubali 2 is a pride of Indian cinema. It actually showed us that it’s the story and content that is essential to the movie. In our country, where movies are mostly watched for the stars, S. S. Rajamouli’s Baahubali proved that it’s the great story that rides high in the hearts of audience.
Baahubali 2 is a monumental storytelling of a kingdom and its brave prince. The gargantuan execution by Rajamouli, the brilliant story, royal sets and potent battles make one hell of an epic movie. It goes a bit disorderly in the end but overall, Baahubali 2 is a film that needs to be witnessed for the glory of Indian cinema.