Baahubali 2 – The End of an Era!
Cast – Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Ramya Krishnan, Sathyaraj
Director- SS Rajamouli
Rating – 3.5/5
Baahubali 2 picks up from where it left off, diving straight into the life of Amrendra Baahubali (Prabhas). After the glorious battle in the first part, Shivagami (Ramya Krishnan) announces Baahubali as the next king of Mahishmati kingdom. This doesn’t go down well with his elder brother Bhalladeva (Rana Daggubati). The growing indifference between them takes another turn when Princess Devesena (Anushka Shetty) enters the picture. While Baahubali and Devesena fall in love with each other, Bhalladeva is still plotting revenge against his brother for apparently stealing his rightful throne. The rest of the plot goes on to reveal the million-dollar question; ‘Why did Kattappa kill Baahubali?’
I can finally heave a sigh of relief, now that I know why he did so! But don’t worry; I’m not going to give you any spoilers.
The first half has all the elements of a typical masala entertainer like action, drama, romance with some great comic sequences. Since we didn’t get to see much of Devasena in the first part, the prequel focuses on her blossoming love story with Baahubali. From frame one, the director leaves no opportunity to show off Baahubali’s bravery, strength, courage, wit and ability to perform death defying stunts like it’s a cake walk. While some scenes really have to be applauded for their grandeur, there are many places where logic, and most importantly gravity takes a back seat. But since the hype around the film has already amped it up to cult level, I can’t really complain.
The second half feels slightly dragged with the recurring war scenes and revenge drama. With a run time of 2 hours and 49 minutes, it sure could have used some crisper editing. Despite the twists and turns, one can easily figure out how it will end.
There’s no denying that SS Rajamouli is a brilliant filmmaker and knows his art to the T. Hats off to him for handling a film on such a grand scale. However, there are times where I felt that he got a little too carried away with his narrative. While it is surely entertaining, I couldn’t help but grin at the impossibility of the situations. Kudos to the VFX team for all that went into the making of this movie. The breathtaking visuals and powerful background score will transport you into a different world altogether.
Coming to the performances, Prabhas looks magnificent throughout the film and does complete justice to his titular character. It took four years for him to maintain that physique and I must admit that his hard work has certainly paid off.
Rana Daggubati’s ability to get you hooked onto a negative character is commendable. You’ll love to hate him but still be in awe of him.
Sathyaraj as Kattappa kills it – quite literally! His character development is brilliant, exploring all facets of his life yet maintaining a dignified stance and Sathyaraj makes it seem effortless.
Both equally good, Ramya Krishnan and Anushka Shetty almost steal the show in every scene that they share with Prabhas.
Supriya Says: Overall Baahubali 2 manages to surpass expectations and is as grand as its first part. Despite its idiosyncrasies, Baahubali 2 will leave you thoroughly entertained. It MUST be watched on the big screen!