Baahubali II – Movie Review

*** Spoiler Free Review ***

Director S.S.Rajamouli is a filmmaker who knows nothing but SUPER HIT, MEGA HIT and BLOCKBUSTER in his whole career. Baahubali is the most expensive film in the history of Indian cinema. Baahubali is a film series that is in production for more than 4+ years and also one of the few films featured in BBC’s documentary on ‘100 Years of Indian cinema’. ‘Baahubali 1’ which was made on a budget of 180 crore shattered many of the earlier box office records, becoming the highest grossing Indian film within India, the third highest grossing Indian film globally (next to PK & Dangal), the first and only South Indian film to gross over 650 crore (6.5 billion) worldwide and the first non-Hindi film to gross over 100 crore in the dubbed Hindi version. Coming to the business of ‘Baahubali 2’, anything that this film associated with is a RECORD BREAK! Whether it is the promotions, historical ticket bookings and theater openings, BAAHUBALI has been so unique with ‘Sky High’ expectations! Is the film worth all the hypes given? How good it is comparing with the part 1? Read on, to know!

First things first! #Baahubali2 is an entertainer that could definitely exceed the expectations and give a thoroughly satisfying cinematic experience for any kind of commercial movie lovers! I personally felt that the money that I spent for my ticket price was worthy enough for the first half itself. There are many logical lags and flaws in the script, but still the film stands out as an exceptional attempt.

To be honest, I wasn’t someone who adored#Baahubali1 a lot except for the fascinating character sketches and the visual extravaganza. I felt that the first part of this series spent so much time on the characters introduction & establishment and a lot other time on the unexceptional love scenes between Avanthika & Shivudu – the film got intriguing only after the flashback began. Whereas, completely contrast to that, ‘Baahubali 2’ is so much fixated to its plot. You will not be able to resist yourselves from adoring and admiring all the characters on screen. I just loved every bit of the film, in terms of the characterizations and the play between them. The dialogues and the music has been a very big plus point for the film.

The film starts amazing the audience right from the fantastically made title card (which is a summary of the first part). I really do not remember any other commercial films in the recent times, that gave the audience too much of goose bumps like this film did. Be it the introduction scene of Amarendra Baahubali saving Sivagami from a danger, the scene where he saves Kuntala kingdom, the extra-ordinary interval block, the courtyard scenes, the way how Devasena handles the Senapati who misbehaves with women, the following scene where Baahubali reacts to it in the courtyard, the much awaited #WKKB twist and many more scenes makes the audience go crazy in whistles and applause. For many reasons, ‘Baahubali’ would stand as an epitome of historical films in Indian cinema. 

The romance episode between Baahubali & Devasena looks a bit overdone beyond a point of time, but still it is enjoyable. All the 5 songs in the film are placed perfectly serving their purpose, without disturbing the flow of the narration. Some of the pivotal scenes are on predictable lines, but the director has presented in such a way that audience are in so much awe of it. On the flip side, the revenge portion of Shivudu looked too weak (the last 20 minutes) comparing to the brilliantly made flashback – the ‘larger than life’ stunts in that portion also looked too much ‘gravity defying’. Another issue with the Tamil version is (just like the part 1), that all the songs and few scenes have been filmed in Telugu (though advertised as Bilingual).

Coming to performance, once again Ramyakrishnan and Sathyaraj are the show-stealers. Their arresting performance makes the characters ‘Sivagami’ & ‘Kattappa’ even more authentic & memorable. Prabhas has put in his heart & soul to look as perfect as Amarendra Baahubali – his style, physique, charisma and acting makes us feel that no one else could have done justice to this role as he did. Anushka looks gorgeous (with most of her flashback portions shot way back in 2013 itself); her stunning performance as the brave Devasena was a treat to watch. She has got a number of mass moments for herself equally. The director has presented her character so lovably with the traits of an adacious warrior and an elegant woman in the right balance.  Rana delivers the best out of what was offered to him; but, I felt that his character’s importance in the second part has been much outfoxed by Nasser’s character. Maragatha Mani’s songs and background score has been the biggest pillar of Baahubali, which elevates the heroic build-ups and mass moments to a different height. Senthil Kumar’s highly commendable work in cinematography deserves huge appreciation; it is him who has been highly supportive in bringing the director’s imaginations out as spectacular visuals. This review would go incomplete without mentioning the impeccable work done by the team of art direction, visual effects, costumes, make-up and stunt direction. Hats off to ‘The captain of the ship’ S.S.Rajamouli, who has been on a long tiring journey of 5 years in finishing this mammoth project.

‘Baahubali II’ is a must watch movie for its wholesome entertainment and the ‘never seen before’ cinematic experience! This is one such film that does not deserves to be put down only by pin-pointing on the flaws and minuses; instead, it is meant to be celebrated for the breath-taking efforts in bringing true the epic dream of a filmmaker.

– Rahman

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