October 24, 2020

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Baahubali 2 Review: Experience the Double Grandness!

We all know what magic was created by Rajamouli’s film ‘Bahubali: The Beginning’, which was released last year. And in addition, what expectations were build up to watch the second part of this epic movie! Right from the film’s announcement to the making, and from the promos to the release date, everything was much-hyped, much-expected and much-awaited. Well, let us know how well did the film, ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’, fared well among the nation’s expectations.

Review

We have umpteen times have said to ourselves and also to others that what types of film are we watching now-a-days? What types of film are we experiencing on the big-screen these days? And what are expecting from cinema and the makers at the moment? Well, I would just like to say that SS Rajamouli’s epic drama ‘Baahubali’ breaks all those myth and stereotypes. And he makes us to believe that a good cinema can be made that can become a memorable for one and all till years and years. Well, all you need is the passion, vision and faith in your project.

Just like everyone else, I too was much-excited and much-anxious to witness and know ‘why kattappa killed Baahubali?’ But after watching the movie, it’s just not that and it’s way beyond our excitement and anxiousness. Rajamouli takes us on a roller coaster ride which makes the burning question a footnote in the larger picture.

Strength of Baahubali

What truly make this film as an unforgettable epic drama are its characters. Yes, the strength of Baahubali 2 lies in its characters and how far they can go for what they believe in. Apart from the basic storyline and the way it has been narrated, it’s the characters of Baahubali that will stick to your memory for a long time. If the first part gave us a preview of Mahishmathi, the second part focuses on discovering the psyche of its characters and how clash of ideologies between siblings and among family can lead to some devastating results.

In Baahubali 2, we have Amarendra Baahubali (Prabhas) who is ready to challenge and fight anyone for the reason that he believes that dharma is bigger than any individual’s belief or opinion. And then we have Devasena (Anushka Shetty) who will literally stand up and fight against all odds for what is right and for what is wrong. And there is the mighty Sivagami (Ramyakrishna) who is just subject to misleading notions of human nature.

Going by the villain, we have Bijjaladeva (Nassar) who becomes far more shrewd and cunning that we have witnessed in the first part. And there is the Bhallaladeva (Rana Daggubati) whose thirst of power makes him the epitome of evil who simply plays dirtiest mind-games for to get what he wants.

Well, all this and the battle between these characters make the film Baahubali 2 as epic and as spectacle that one would have ever imagine and that will merely hook you right from the first frame till the last frame.

Writing and Direction

Now talking about the battle, especially the war sequences, we have already witnessed how majestic it was in ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’. But after watching ‘Baahubali: The Conclusion’, I would just say that it was just a glimpse of what you have witnessed in the first part, where all the battle-related and war-related sequences in the second part is a lot more majestic to that.

SS Rajamouli treats every frame by means of so much care and attention that I did not want to blink my eyes, where in fact many-a-times, for the fear of losing out on a jaw-dropping moment in the film. To be honest, there are several scenes in the movie where you would feel like jump-off from your seat, clap and whistle to express your joy! Yes, that’s the magic of Baahubali 2 that you will witness throughout. Right from its characterisation, storytelling, narration, first-half, second-half, interval twist, hook-up point, climax sequences, everything is just mind-boggling that comes from none other than the maestro and genius-mind SS Rajamouli.

In his attempt to make India’s biggest motion picture, Rajamouli has given the audience a reason to be in awe of films, or rather his future-upcoming films.

Music and Other Technicalities

Rajamouli takes the visual treatment of Baahubali 2 a notch higher in ‘Hamsa Nava‘ song, which is something dreamlike to say the least. Every expression, where even if it’s a tear drop, is decorated in some magical way by the cinematographer where the camera holds still to make us identify with the characters even more. In short, it’s a film where you can admire and appreciate every single aspect — be it cinematography, production design, VFX, costumes and so on. Yes, still falling short of words to describe or express how I felt after watching Baahubali 2.

Well, there are some sequences during climax, where a typical criticized person would think that it could have look better in terms of visual, if the makers would have work of VFX more. But according to me, all this was a matter of seconds and so fast-paced that it wouldn’t even get noticed by the normal audience. Also, it doesn’t really matter in the end as it was so very well designed that it simply captivates you right from the word go.

Performances

Mahendra Baahubali and Amarendra Baahubali is a lifetime role for Prabhas, where the actor brings a lot of spirit and confidence to portray the lead character. Baahubali rides on his shoulder, and just like his character, his shoulder is very strong enough to lead the film with a great success. He performs so well that audience would be in love with his grandiose character for every reason. Also, Rajamouli uplifts Prabhas to that level where it’s hard enough for not to root in him throughout the movie.

Actor Rana Daggubati is as huge as the dictator king Bhallaladeva. He enacts his character efficiently that the audience will hate him for every reason. The film discovers the sibling rivalry in such a great detail, where Rana’s battle with Prabhas is a sure delight to watch.

Tamannaah is as beautiful and striking, just like she impressed in the first part. However, the biggest surprise in the Baahubali 2 is Anushka Shetty, who delivers one of the finest performances of her career as a stubborn, rebellious and warrior princess Devasena. Her confrontation with Ramyakrishna’s character Sivagami offers you something high that rarely have been witnessed in any movie. I would believe these two female characters simply steal the thunder from the powerful men around them, every single time when they come face to face.

Meanwhile, Ramyakrishna, Sathyaraj and Nasser portrays their respective roles to such an extent that whenever you by any chance got an opportunity to meet or see in them in person, you are definitely and more likely to remember or address them by means of their reel-names as Sivagami, Kattappa and Bijjaladeva in Baahubali than their real-names.

So is it a Paisa-Vasool film?

Totally! There’s so much to love about the film. Well, it’s hard to narrate the experience of watching Baahubali: The Conclusion into words. I believe no review would come close in explaining the high that one will experience throughout the film. And thus, it has to be experienced to be believed. We can talk endlessly and about everything what we have loved, liked and not liked in the movie, but still will not come close enough to the effect that film has made on us.

On the whole, it’s the sheer magic of tremendous storytelling combined in the company of some visual greatness rarely seen in Indian cinema which eventually turns it into an unforgettable experience that’ll be hard to forget anytime soon.

A standing ovation and two big thumbs up for this epic drama, which is Bigger, Richer and Grander! One would surely wish for not to have an end of this epic saga, and thus wanting more by the time end credits roll on the screen.

Rating: 5 Stars

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