Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is in our “movies to watch” list since very long (and in the similar list of many other movie lovers too, right?). The first movie in the franchisee Baahubali: The Beginning met immense success. It was a true box office turner as well as critically acclaimed movie as well.
Of course the role of special effects was major in the success of Baahubali: The Beginning (and as per the trade reports, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is also a block buster), however it is the emotional quotient which played more important role it.
|Movie||:||Baahubali 2: The Conclusion|
S. S. Rajamouli
|Produced by||:||Shobu Yarlagadda, Prasad Devineni|
|Story by||:||K. V. Vijayendra Prasad|
|Screenplay||:||S. S. Rajamouli|
|Music By||:||M. M. Keeravani|
|Editor||:||Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao|
|Cinematography||:||K. K. Senthil Kumar|
|Production Company||:||Arka Media Works|
|Distributed by||:||Arka Media Works, K Productions|
|Release Date||:||28 April 2017|
|Starring||:||Prabhas (Shivudu /Shiva / Mahendra Baahubali / Amarendra Baahubali), Rana Daggubati (Bhallala Deva / Pallavathevan), Anushka Shetty (Devasena), Tamannaah (Avanthika), Ramya Krishnan (Sivagami), Sathyaraj (Kattappa), Nassar (Bijjaladeva / Pingalathevar), Subbaraju (Kumara Varma), Pruthviraj Balireddy (Official), and others…|
We have often seen people falling for Hollywood movies and doesn’t stop praising them for their quality making and splendid execution, rightly. At the same time when some Indian film makers try coming with a fantasy fiction, we often see a biased view presented to the public.
For the fantasy fictions, one need to understand that it is a fantasy fiction. There is no way you should try to find whether it is possible in real or not.
Bharat aka India possess the most versatile and rich literature. Be it mythological or fantasy stuffs. While Ramayan (Ramayana) and Mahabharat (Mahabharata) often referred as religious and/or mythological poetries, one must understand that they explores real life lessons to. They try to teach a better way of living. They guide us through examples about what should be our course of action in some situation, or how one decision can lead to a set of desired or undesired consequences.
This is quite heavy stuff and only mentally adult person who is going through real life experiences can relate to. But, at the same times, Indian literature have Hitopadesh (Hitopdesha) and PanchTantra tales for the children to learn the fun way. And the tales of Tenali Rama, Virkam and Betal, Akbar and Biral,… and many more, are worth exploring. Amar Chitra Katha have played a vital role in bringing these buried tales to surface.
Well, we are not going to talk about the mythology stuff or even the literature available in India and how versatile and meaningful it is.
What we all need is to take an honest note of remarkable work (in any segment) done at our own front.
Let us talk a bird’s eye view to the story of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion.
First thing first, we are not going to reveal Why Kattappa killed Baahubali?
The tale starts in Flashback as Kattappa is telling the real story of Amarendra Baahubali to his son Shiva aka Mahendra Baahubali.
The kingdom of Mahishmati have it’s queen as the supreme ruler, no one is above her, not even the king. Sivagami is the queen of Mahishmati who loves Amarendra Baahubali and Bhallala Deva alike. She is the firm believer that qualities and attributes are more important than the blood relations. So, she never distinguished between Baahubali and Bhallala Deva (who is her own biological son).
Bijjaladeva however loved his son Bhallala Deva more than anything or anyone. He wanted to see him on the throne which was denied to him because of his physical disability. Actually he was the elder brother and as per the tradition he should be the crown prince and the king in the due course, but due to his physical limitations his younger brother was made the king who was survived by Amarendra Baahubali.
Bijjaladeva and Bhallala Deva tries killing Amaredra but they haven’t achieved success so far. The main hurdle in their path is Kattappa. Kattappa’s ancestors vowed their faithfulness and loyalty to the throne of Mahishmati. Kattappa personally was loyal to Sivagami and he loved the qualities of Amarendra Baahubali. For Amarendra Baahubali Kattappa is his uncle, while for Bhallala Deva and his father, Kattappa is not anything more than a dog who serves them.
As both Baahubali and Bhallala Deva are grown ups now and Sivagami have decided to make Baahubali the next king. The decision was warmly welcomed by the people of Mahishmati. Sivagami is now keen to find a suitable bride for Baahubali and one for Bhallala Deva too.
Baahaubali was sent on a mission to live within the people to understand them and their actual problems which cannot be done by living in the palace’ conform. Accompanied by Kattappa, Baahubali lives in disguise and eventually meets Devasena and immediately falls for her.
Devasena was a princess of Kuntalpur and Baahubali started living there (in disguise of course). Eventually he saves the kingdom from the Pindaris. Sivagami Devi was unaware of growing love between Devasena and Baahubali or anything about Kuntalpur.
Bhallala Deva sensed an opportunity here. What he does, and how the things went ahead from this point is the most awaited part of the Movie. We urge you to explore it on screen.
The most talked area of the movie is stunning visual effects. There is so much written about them and now almost the smallest detail about the same is explored by the media team of Baahubali and the movie fans. So, we don’t think that we need to be repetitive here. The SFX and VFX are simply superb. The amount of money, time and efforts spend for the same is clearly visible on the screen. It is a stunning experience to explore them. If you want to go for a visual treat then visiting a quality cinema hall is the best option for this movie.
Even a fantastic visual experience cannot stand tall if there is no substance there. The content of the movie (or any media for that matter) play a vital role here. The story is weaved nicely. Even the humour is implanted nicely. In rather a thrilling story there is a little chance to add light moments convincingly. Which is done here.
Actually if you summarise and analyse intelligently the story explored in the Baahubali series of movies, you will surely be able to see it is highly influenced from the Mahabharata. Be it the characters, incidents or situations, they are all inspired by it’s counterparts in Mahabharata. Well, Mahabharata is spread over so many years and have so many characters so here we can see some characters are inspired by more than one characters of Mahabharat and some found missing too. But, this hint will be sufficient to know about everything about the movie series.
We are wondering that why not film reviewers or movie critics are talking about this point? Why they don’t discuss or trace the parallels between the Mahabharata and Baahubali series. And that too, even after Rajamouli have expressed his ambition to explore Mahabharata tale on cinema from his perspective!!!
Anyway, refresh Mahabharata and Baahubali: The Beginning’s story in your mind and then watch this movie from Mahabharata’s perspective and you will surely be able to draw parallels.
Let us talk about other aspects of the film apart from the nicely written script. The direction is superb. Rajamouli is in complete control of his work. He knew since beginning what he need and he have explored it convincingly and effectively. As he himself says that he doesn’t make something exceptional, but he is a good storyteller. And we can see he can tell stories very effectively and make exceptionally good movies in many aspects.
The SFX and VFX team of course deserve a special mention. They have done world class work and there is no doubt about it.
The background music is really nice and it goes with the flow. Songs are not bad.
While Prabhas and Rana got the meatiest roles. They both do justice to their roles. In addition to some physical transformation, they have done emotional scenes convincingly. They are not over the top, but definitely convincing.
Sathyaraj is the unsung hero of the movie as Kattappa and he justifies his character convincingly. Nassar is very effective in his cunning role. Ramya is effective as Sivagamai and Anushka as Devasena. Tamannaah got just a cameo in this movie.
Most importantly, right actors are chosen for the right characters and it makes the movie effective. And yes, watch it for the emotional quotient in addition to thrilling and visually spectacular stuff, and you will enjoy it more.
The movie is definitely worth watching. You will remember the experience.
S. S. Rajamouli have invited famous author Anand Neelakantan to explore the tale of Baahubali from literary perspective. Anand’s first book in the series is already released before the movie. We have posted our reviews for the free content of the book at:
The Rise of Sivagami: Book 1 of Baahubali – Before the Beginning
We will post our unbiased and genuine reviews for this book in coming days.
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