Baahubali: The Beginning was a turning point in Indian cinema. For an audience which was attuned to the school of thought that any film which rides high on special effects has to come from Hollwyood, Baahubali was a revelation. The film had great performances, exemplary direction, and special effects which packaged the film into something which was previously unheard of.
While everyone is supercharged to find out the reason behind Kattappa’s ultimate act of deceit, five minutes into the film, you realize that the film is much more than just one answer. Baahubali 2 starts where the backstory of Amarendra Baahubali, Sivagami, Sathyaraj and Bhallaladeva left off, building the narrative from the word go.
Interestingly, while Baahubali: The Beginning did not offer much of emotional connect and drama, the second part of Rajamouli’s rides high on human emotions. In part one, characters played by Prabhas, Rana Daggubati and Ramya Krishnan were towering personalities who achieved larger than life feats; part two makes them much more relatable. You will find yourself deeply involved in Bhallala’s conniving acts, Sivagami’s ultimate vulnerability and Amarendra’s virtuousness. Sathyaraj as Kattappa is as good in part 2 as he was in part 1 as the loyal warrior. However, had his comic act in first half of the conclusion been as convincing, his performance could have gone on another level.
The surprise package of the film is Anushka Shetty, the woman spells sheer power. She fights like a tigress, looks fiercely beautiful in each frame and convincingly plays the character whose unflinching persona develops the roots of the story. Her ferociousness rubs off on Prabhas’s character as well, which ends up in some of the most applause worthy scenes in the film.
In a film like Baahubali, where even a child can predict the ultimate ending of the film, it can be a challenge to keep the audience intrigued. However, what’s interesting about Baahubali 2 is that you can predict where the plot is going, and just when you are about to give yourself a pat on the back for guessing what was coming, you get hit by a googly; and that keeps you on the edge of the seat throughout the run time.
But apart from Rajamouli’s direction and riveting performances, VFX is undoubtedly the hero of the film. Be it the war sequences, the picturesque shots of Mahishmati or Kundala or even romantic tracks, special effects make everything come alive. The combination of high on drama moments and spectacular backdrop provided by VFX, the film churns out frame after frame which could easily go down as few of the most iconic moments in Indian cinema.
Having said that, there are a few frames which are so high on special effects that the line between Baahubali being a hero or superhero blurs. But, that is like finding a needle in a haystack. However, the climax of the film does not do complete justice to the grandeur and greatness of Baahubali and may seem a bit rushed.
Overall, Baahubali: The Conclusion is a path breaking film which excels in almost all aspects of film making. It is a film that will entertain you, make you laugh, blush, cry and jump up from your seat; it is one of those few movies that will stay with you for a really long time.
Movified Rating: 4/5
Image Credits – Dharma Productions