Rating: 5 stars
Quick take: Action, adventure epic
“Katappa ne Baahubali ko kyun Mara?” (Why did Katappa kill Baahubali?) that’s the question that Baahubali 2: The Conclusion answers in resounding form. SS Rajamouli’s much awaited sequel is the kind of movie Indian cinema should make regularly. It’s the kind of sweeping magnum opus that Indian mythos and culture deserve. It’s the biggest film we have ever made and barring a few minor glitches in CGI, this film is possible the greatest spectacle you’ll see on a big screen, in your life.
Some of Rajamouli’s frames are pure poetry in motion. Even though the CGI doesn’t always do justice to his vision, his knack for detail and design makes sure Baahubali 2 is a wonder of mythology and entertainment. The story focusses on one aspect alone. Building up the story of Baahubali and the big build up to why he was killed by his trusted aide Katappa. The story back tracks to Amrendra Baahubali and the way he met and fell in love with Devsena. Their extraordinary love story the way Bhalaldeva becomes the chief villain, makes the crux of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. While Rajamouli’s screenplay and story are awe-inspiring, the beauty of this film is that it slows down and showcases deft emotions and dramatic nuances with great effect. It makes its women characters seem stronger than the men too. The writing and conceptualization of Baahubali 2 is just as spectacular as its execution. This doesn’t just feel like a full blooded Hollywood production, this has the depth and detail of a Hollywood classic.
Watching Prabhas’ Baahubali and Anushka Shetty’s Devasena fight in-sync like a warrior duo made in heaven is pure bliss. The action choreography is top notch. That Rajamouli has managed to sneak in art of war and Indian martial arts concepts into his narrative is just a testament to the layered storytelling effort in this film. Their romance isn’t just engrossing, its poetic and powerful. That their love, stems the politics of the film makes this movie so much more authentic and impressive.
Prabhas and Anushka Shetty are presented as larger than life characters. They’re not just the heroes of the story, they’re the people who inspire you and make you believe in the great drama of this film. Their conviction makes the few over-the-top moments seem like necessary to the tale. The comedy scenes with inputs from Sathyaraj as Katappa, Prabhas and Subbaraju are wonderfully delightful too. Rana Daggubati as the main antagonist is pure menace. His physical transformation is impressive to say the least. Rajamouli and K Vijayendra Prasad have designed Baahubali 2 as a film that serves up the whole gamut of commercial cinema with aplomb. Action, romance, comedy and drama are packed into this movie by the tonnes.
Baahubali 2 is the pitch perfect follow up to 2015’s Baahubali. While it doesn’t have the same panoramic adventure of its predecessor, it does make up with grand scale and precise execution. This movie is worth the hype. Its worth wading through the crowds and sitting in a theatre seat for 3 hours. This film deserves the moniker of being India’s biggest film. Epics don’t come as glossy and detailed as this epic adventure.