BAAHUBALI 2: THE CONCLUSION (U/A)
Starring: Prabhas, Anushka Shetty, Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah
Director: S. S. Rajamouli
Producer: Shobu Yarlagadda, Prasad Devineni
Written by: K. V. Vijayendra Prasad, S. S. Rajamouli(Screenplay)
Music by: M. M. Keeravani
Cinematography: K. K. Senthil Kumar
Editing: Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Budget: ₹ 2.5 billion (US$38.99 million)
Production company: Arka Media Works
Running time: 2 hours 51 minutes
Technical Aspects: 4.5/5
NO SPOILERS 🙂
Script & Screenplay
Everyone’s curious to know the answer to this question: Why did Kattappa kill Baahubali? Going in to the film the urge to know the answer to this question will surely take a backseat as SS Rajamouli builds a world setting up the events that lead to the first film.We get the answer, but only after long and silly romantic interludes also played for comic relief but wasn’t really necessary. And everything after the big reveal, which really isn’t half as big as was promised, seems like anti-climactic excess.
This one demands patience especially in the first hour after which there is lots of action and still more.Each frame of the film is exquisite – each one grand enough for you to stare at and admire for a long time. For that reason alone, Bahubali 2 could make for a theater watch – especially if all you want to consume, is the scale.The film is way too predictable for such a long runtime and that is a negative.
Also At the end of nearly three hours, the ”conclusion” or “climax” of this film isn’t as satisfying or fun as the original.I feel Rajamouli should have devoted more time to Mahendra Bahubali(Son of King Amarendra Bahubali) for better connect but that’s just me.I am pretty sure most people would not complain much except maybe a stiff back.
This time, Rajamouli moves beyond cliff and waterfalls, there’s a dreamy ship that flies and its almost like Disneyland.
The grandeur of Baahubali 2 is huge and like it was promised, Rajamouli makes it bigger and better. A particular bow-and-arrow sequence between Baahubali and Devasena looks amazingly romantic yet action packed.
Rajamouli’s vision to build this magnum opus within it’s own rich universe is laudable. This is India’s grandest visual spectacle!
Prabhas is exceptional in this film. Thanks to his amazing screen presence, you rarely look away from him. His transformation from being an assertive leader to a lovestruck Baahubali, to an emotionally hurt one is simply stunning. His layered performance shows how dedicated he has been to this project. Clearly, a career-defining role here.
Anushka Shetty as Devasena looks luminous in her princess avatar. She pulls off the action scenes equally well and has a likable chemistry with Prabhas on-screen.
Sathyaraj does a great job of playing Katappa, the prime character in this film. His comic act in the first half is quite a good break from the drama otherwise.
Ramya Krishnan is a stunner as Sivagami. She had impressed us in the first part too and I can’t picture anyone else playing the stern leader.
In fact Rana Daggubati doesn’t get much limelight in this film. Of course, he pulls off his evil act superbly but doesn’t make a lasting impact like Prabhas. In the finale sequence, his action is classic and who can take their eyes off from his chiseled body.
Tamannah Bhatia is seen in the second half only for namesake.
Action/VFX, Music & Technical Aspects
Dialogues are power-packed and are used to great effect but sometimes they get too loud and hammy.
The music of the filmmelodious but lacks behind from the first film.The background music is too loud at times but SS Rajamouli completely does away with it during sensitive moments which is a rare but excellent sense of filmmaking in a film which has no place for nuance.
The VFX team headed by Makuta VFX of Indian origins deserves a huge pat for their commendable work on a budget that may seem huge for Indian standards but is only a fraction of what the Hollywood counterparts are spending.
To see the amount of detailing and scale in Bahubali as the camera sweeps across myriad CG landscapes is a sight to be savoured.This is definitely a huge leap for Indian cinema and I am highly anticipating Rajni’s 2.0 in this aspect.
The action sequences are grander and occur more frequently than the original and that’s what I expected and the film delivered.Full points for that.
The cinematography is nothing short of brilliant and the set pieces are humongous and glorious.To say the least Baahubali 2 is a technical feat just like it’s predecessor.