Baahuabli 2 Review : A 3 hour show of SS Rajamouli’s awe inspiring vision
So the year long wait is finally over as the most awaited Indian movie of the year, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion has hit screens today. The first installment released in 2015 was a nationwide blockbuster and hence the sequel is releasing amid humongous expectations. Let’s take a look at whether the movie could live up to all that.
The movie kick starts from where the first part ended. Sathyaraj’s Kattappa is narrating the story of Amarendra Baahubali to his son Mahendra Baahubali. Cutting back to the flashback, Sivagami (Ramya Krishnan) announces Amarendra Baahubali as the new emperor after decimating the Kalakeya clan. She asks Baahuabli and his trusted aid Kattappa to take a visit around the kingdom to learn about the problems faced by the natives. Baahubali and Kattappa dress themselves as commoners and visit various areas. During the visit, Baahubali happens to meet Devasena (Anushka Shetty) and falls in love with her. The movie evolves from that point and on the course of the narration sheds light on all the answered questions that the first part threw at us, including the biggest of all ‘Why Kattappa killed Baahubali?’
SS Rajamouli’s is a true visionary. His imagination levels have no boundaries as he tries to bring on screen things that one does not even dream of. But the problem is the VFX works could not match up to his level of imagination. There are quite a few scenes in the movie that point out unpleasantly due to the shoddy VFX works. We felt that the team should have put in more hardwork to deliver a quality output since this is one movie that the whole country has been looking forward to with bated breath. One could not help but wonder why if a movie like Pulimurugan made on a budget of Rs 25 crores had quality VFX works but not Baahubali, the most expensive Indian movie to have released till date.
The movie on a whole is totally entertaining and unlike the first part has some comedy scenes in the initial half. There are equal doses of humour, emotions, romance and action. The suspense behind why Kattappa killed Baahubali is smarty laced around the screenplay without wasting too much time. MM Keeravani and his music is awesome as always and so is KK Senthil Kumar’s stunning cinematography.
Coming to the performance side, Prabhas and Rana have put their heart and soul for the movie. There is hardly anything that they haven’t done for the Baahuabli series. Tamannah as Avanthika had less of screen time this time as the plot is more centred around Ramya Krishnan’s Sivagami and Anushka’s Devasena, who both were brilliant to say the least. Another praiseworthy performance was from actor Subbaraju. Sathyaraj, Nasser and all the other supporting actors have played their parts well.
In a nutshell, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion truly lives up to the sky high expectations. This SS Rajamouli directorial is certain to set the cash registers ringing worldwide like never before. Try to catch it at the earliest before someone throws in the spoilers.