Cast: Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah, Ramya Krishnan, Sathyaraj, Nassar, Subbaraju, Balareddy and others
Music: M.M. Keervaani
Cinematography: K.K. Senthil Kumar
Editor: K.V. Rao
Written & directed by: S.S. Rajamouli
Produced by: Shobu Yarlagadda & Prasad Devineni
An amazing sequel after a long, long time!
Frankly speaking, one can’t imagine when the Indian film industry witnessed such a very good sequel to a super-successful film; sequels invariably have failed in the past to hit the bull’s eye at the box-office but not Tollywood’s ‘show man’ S.S. Rajamuoli’s Baahubali 2: The Conclusion which released today in more than 6,500 halls across the globe in its Tamil, Telugu and Hindi versions!
Rajamouli purposely kept the suspense going with the prequel Baahubali leaving the ‘Why did Kattappa kill Baahubali?’ question unanswered. The question ‘s possible answer was debated millions of times across India’s dining halls and coffee shops for the past eighteen months and the maverick film-maker has now come out with his version of the answer as the puzzle is resolved in the sequel.
Movie-goers from various States in the country and abroad displayed tremendous patience for the past one-and-a-half-years for the sequel to wait to know the answer which is finally out in a nearby cinema hall. The second and concluding part, thus, has lived up to the pre-release expectations of the hardest of critics, fans of the lead artistes and movie-lovers.
It would be of great help to recall that the Baahubali: The Beginning, the first part, concluded with slave-cum-soldier Kattappa (Sathyaraj) intimating Prince Amarandra Baahubali (Prabhas) that it was he who killed his father and emperor Mahendra Baahubali (Prabhas, again). Viewers were left baffled as to how could a person who could go down to any length to save his king sand his subjects could actually an emperor.
Watch the grandeur-filled and star-studded sequel Baahubali: The Conclusion in cinemas as it provides answer to this and many other questions such as what fate befell Mahendra Baahubali after he became the King of Magizhmathi Empire, how did he marry Devasena (Anushka), why was she being kept chained like a slave and in isolation cell, etc. Once you get to know the answers, you sit glued to the screen for the rest of the film to know how Amarendra Baahubali avenges his father’s death and rescues his mother from the enemy camp.
Grandeur of unprecedented, unheard of proportions marks the whole film as sequences in the film look out-of-the-world right from the first frame till the last. Baahubali’s introduction sequence where he takes on an elephant on an angry elephant to save his mother ‘Rajmatha’ is simply mind-blowing indeed. Eye-catching visuals makes as wonder whether we had mistakenly drifted into a world we thought existed only in our wildest dreams.
Surely, the sequel has a powerful storyline as compared to the prequel as it resolves puzzles and connects loose threads. Screenplay-writing is at its zenith as each character is given its due weightage even as diversities in characters of various characters is brought out explicitly, making it a compelling viewing experience.
Pre-intermission section has some comic elements (even Sathyaraj’s character is part of the fun) as comedy is not given too much prominence. Two romantic songs, though appear to have been inserted into the film as last-minute additions, are good and don’t test the audiences’ patience. Sequences showing Baahubali and Devasena fighting small aggressors, beating them, etc. remind us of the deadly war sequences in the prequel. The conception and filming of war sequence is simply unbelievable. War sequences give a feeling of having watched a full-length film separately.
Without an iota of doubt, the intermission is by far the best ‘intermission’ to have ever been thought of in Indian films. The coronation of the King just before intermission is cinematographed in a long manner. Emotional sequences form major part of the second-half. In the eyes of critics, Kattappa turns out to have a solid reason to kill Baahubali; these reasons and other puzzles/expectations about the film make it worth-watching.
War-sequences have been shot in a classic manner as it was in the sequel. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion would surely turn out to be ‘paisa-vasool’ for theatres and distributors. On the flip side, the film’s longevity (length) could have been pruned by at least half-an-hour. No doubt it’s kind of a super-hero subject where history meets fantasy.
Prabhas deserves all the accolades that fall at his feet. He has done his role in an appropriate manner; if the part showed Prabhas’ romance and valour, the sequel is an extension of the actor in him as he handles emotion-filled sequences with elan. His physique belies logic and interestingly enough, there is nothing ‘cinematic’ or ‘artificial’ about the stunt sequences, thanks to Prabhas’ over-powering physical prowess.
Anushka’s role is that of the female protagonist who is brave, courageous and one who doesn’t let emotions go to her head. Despite pre-release criticisms about her weight, Anuskla looks perfectly okay. Ramya Krishnan, who impressed mightily with her body language and facial expressions, goes a step further. Rana’s physique too is over-powering yet he passes off with his acting course colourfully when it comes to revealing his emotions. Sathyaraj, as usual, delivers the goods and forgets his age during stunt sequences/war sequences to give his best shot. Nassar and Tamannaah have upset their fans as the Baahubali sequel doesn’t have major roles for them.
Keeravani’s music is good and the cinematography in the post-inter-mission stage showing ships is very good. Keeravani has strained hard to give soulful music and typical background notes. Background score, though, upsets as quite a few places where cinematic brilliance saves the day.
Madan Karky’s dialogues is very good but Prabhas and Anushka’s lip-sync is found wanting at some places. Senthil Kumar has put in a brilliant effort in handing the camera as each frame looks richer in content. Editing, art-direction, stunt/dance choreography, etc. are of top-notch.
• Visual brilliance
• Prabhas, Anushka’s effort
• Music (songs)
• Length of the film
• Background score (at times)
• Lack of comedy
Verdict: In a nutshell, the fact that Rajamouli has probably made one of the most valuable films in the history of Indian films is indisputable indeed. Indian cinema has gone global and how! Grandeur and well-planned pre-release publicity campaign has helped the film.
Baahubali is unmatched!
Don’t miss watching the Baahubali sequel lest you would repent it throughout your lifeime!
Rating: 4 out of 5