Baahubali 2 Review – SS Rajamouli’s epic saga comes across richer and more fantastic

Baahubali The Conclusion Movie Review- Bahubali 2 Film Review

Cast: Prabhas, Anushka Shetty, Rana Daggubati and Ramya Krishna
Director: S S Rajamouli
Music: M M Keeravani
Rating: 4/5

SS Rajamouli’s much-anticipated Baahubali The Conclusion – which has been on a record-breaking spree even before its official release – is all set to create an experience that will bring viewers into another world, again.

The movie comes alive in its colossal and ambitious imagination to complete the unfinished story of Baahubali. It lives and loves in mythical cities that touch the cloud created with awe-inspiring finesse. And finally, hy Kattappa killed Baahubali has been answered. The question in itself had the audience, catching an early morning show, on the edges of their seats but the fairytale of a story did have more to offer.

Baahubali Story

For those who haven’t watched the first part, here’s a quick flashback. The film began with Shivudu (Prabhas) being rescued by his formidable aunt (Ramya Krishna). On realising that he is the son of the king Amarendra Baahubali (Prabhas), Shivudu makes an earnest attempt to reclaim his heritage. He also falls for the feisty Avantika (Tamannaah Bhatia). The flashback in the prequel included shots of Amarendra’s queen Devasena (Anushka Shetty) and his life as a prince in the royal family of Mahishmati along with cousin Bhallala Deva (Rana Dagubatti) Part one managed to leave an indelible impact on the viewers with its well-choreographed and incredible moments. Prabhas and Dagubatti were convincing as the warriors who had different ways to handle a warfare. But the biggest surprise that kept the audiences hooked was the final shot wherein Katappa(Sathyaraj) killed Baahubali.

The Conclusion begins seamlessly just where it left in the first movie with Kattappa narrating the story of Mahishmati. The scale rises soon enough as Baahubali enters the screen to tame an elephant gone wild with cheers from the audience as is wont of a superstar.

The grim and tight revenge drama, however, slacks in the first half with a long courtship episode with warrior princess Devasena as Kattappa turns into the archetypal comic sidekick for Baahubali.

The film gets back its pace with Devasena rejecting the marriage proposal of Bhallaladeva (Rana Daggubati) sent by the queen of Mahishmati – Sivagami. In a quick turn of events, Bhallaladeva becomes the king and Baahubali is made the army chief.

As each of these characters reveal to what extent they can go for their convictions, the actors’ real names seem like a blur. You’d rather give in to their screen names and parts. Prabhas, Anushka and Rana get their career best roles. As the two Baahubalis, Prabhas is still lifting boulders, trees and whatever mighty is in front of him to protect people who matter. He is regal and assured as Amarendra and thirsty for revenge as Mahendra, learning war tactics along the way. Rana is on a beast mode as the dark, ominous Bhallaladeva.

It’s Anushka who’s a revelation. Not even in Rudhramadevi did she shine as she does as Devasena. Thrown into an unenviable situation, she stands her ground and questions the basic tenets of the kingdom. Her portions with Sivagami (Ramya Krishna, once again aces the part) drive a chunk of the drama.

Baahubali 2 continues its tradition of grandiloquence and magnitude. Except this time, high drama, more than spectacle, is what lends its riveting tale of revenge and glory all its wallop and wizardry.

Rajamouli’s strength lies in utilising every oppurtunity to colour his distinctly black and white protagonists with more subtext than what most extravaganza-driven material allows. A herd of charging bulls sporting horns that resemble blazing torches, a batch of gruesome warriors clinging to a giant post set on fire, a furious display of archery skills within a corridor swamped by hostile invaders — there’s tons of visual marvel on display.

Equipped with a cast that’s not only in tune with his vision but knows exactly where to hold back and when to give their all adds to Baahubali’s might.  

A number of audiences might get disappointed with the way Rajamouli has answered why Katappa killed Baahubali. Even though, the twist gels well with the script, it might not meet the expectations of many. Once the twist is revealed, the film becomes a bit predictable. The climax looks a bit rushed upon as things happen way too quickly.

Final Verdict:

On the whole, Baahubali 2 is one film which leaves you speechless. Right from the word go, it has intense drama and action as every frame in the film is a visual wonder. Be it the heroic fights or the lavish war scenes, Rajamouli showcases some never before scenes in Indian film history.

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