Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, the prequel-sequel to the biggest hit movie India has ever seen, has finally stormed the theatres and already started breaking box office records (125 crores - 1st day collections alone!). Team S.S.Rajamouli's 5 years hard work, and some clever marketing gimmicks have paid off big time. So, how was the 500 crores answer to WKKB? For starters, that is "Why Kattappa Killed Baahubali"!
You already know Baahubali world. Its geography is inspired from Lord of the Rings to Game of Thrones. But the people in them get their characteristics from Marvel superheroes, with some mighty jumping and pumping skills. The final part starts with the flashback of Baahubali senior and how he fell in love with Devasena, and how she becomes a bone of contention between Amarendra Baahubali and Palvalthevan (Bhalla in Telugu). Then, the main question - WKKB - is answered, followed by a predictable climax.
Baahubali's story is a mix of small stories you might have already come across. The hero going in disguise, acting as a coward to show his prowess later, has been done many times. So is, most of the remaining story. But where S.S.Rajamouli impresses is the way he presents the content and to make you feel invested in the characters. An example - I got teary eyed when Baahubali was killed (Hey, this is not a spoiler!).Thanks to Keervani's slow lullaby and Rajamouli's structuring of the scene, the mood is amplified. The very next scene, when a single day old baby promises his mother that he would come back, you feel the punch! The action sequences (many with questionable logic) are placed in regular intervals, making you sit up and watch the carefully done stunt choreography. In the end, you leave the theatres with full satisfaction. You expected a sumptuous meal. You were served one. Some items might not be up to your taste but you left with your stomach filled. That's the success of Rajamouli.
Prabhas, as Amarendra Baahubali is more impressive than his son Mahendra. He has an immense screen presence. You believe that he is capable of doing things he does on screen. Rana Daggubati shines as the evil villain, with his menacing looks and heavy built ripper body. Sathyaraj and Nassar show once again why they are in this business for so long. Both of them are equally impressive. However, we cannot say the same for Ramya Krishnan but that is not because of her acting prowess. She is superb but Rajamouli made her character one dimensional, with no brains (or one that stopped working). That is the movie's biggest fault. That is some lazy writing too. We can see the same laziness in how some scenes, especially some action sequences, are ended. Anushka, as Devasena, the only one who can question the Raja Matha, is very much likeable. The other supporting actors are just used as props.
The movie's biggest strength, as we all know, is its special effects. It is better than the 1st part, due to lavish budget but we still cannot compare it with big budget Hollywood movies. However, it may take a long time to match this level of special effects by another Indian movie (Dir. Shankar, I am hoping for better graphics work in Endhiran 2 - not the rushed ones like Endhiran). Sabu Cyril has taken his work to next level. Stunts are choreographed by multiple stunt coordinators - they have done good jobs, considering general physics don't apply to the movie's characters. Keeravani, though bit loud, is effective with his background score. But, the songs do not register. Senthil Kumar's visuals are neat. Madhan Karki didn't try much to reduce the Telugu flavor. He imports the masala instead. Some of the dialogues are effective - especially the ones involving Sathyaraj and Nassar.
If you keep aside your logical thinking skills and get into the world of Baahubali, you will be entertained. If you already like Baahubali, you cannot miss this one! Go for it!7, Tamil, Telugu