Baahubali 2 is in theatres and we believe that it doesn’t really need an introduction. The first film of it’s kind which
Baahubali 2: The ConclusionKatappa and Baahubali re-unite
Baahubali 2 is in theatres and we believe that it doesn’t really need an introduction. The first film of it’s kind which managed to grip both north and south India in suspense for over two years, and in this second part will reveal it’s secret. This film is more of a completion of the first film, rather than a sequel to it. It answers crucial questions and delineates the story arc more clearly, the most crucial question being of course, ‘Why Katappa killed Baahubali’.
Whether you would like to watch this film is a redundant question. If you have watched Baahubali, of course you must watch it’s second part, and in case you managed to stay away from the original film, you wouldn’t be interested in this one either. So Baahubali, the mammoth 250 crore project is back by popular choice. Here’s all you need to know before you book a ticket for the weekend (if you can, that is)
First, let’s revisit the actors:
Prabhas as Baahubali (Father & Son)
Rana Daggubatti as Bhallaladev
Sathyaraj as Katappa
Ramya Krishnan as Rajmata Sivagami
Anushka Shetty as Maharani Devasena
Tamannaah as Avanthika (in a very short role)
The film picks up exactly where it left off from. Shiva (The son of Baahubali), is still standing rapt yet puzzled, listening to Katappa reiterate the legend of his father. Katappa speaks of the romance between Baahubali and Devasena, the events that transpired in the palace, dripping with treachery, that culminated in Baahubali’s assassination. Rana Daggubatti is stronger than ever and all the odds are against Shiva. What more does it take than an underdog in battle to make a film successful? Not much. The story is a little drawn out and very obviously predictable. However, never boring or dull. Did they really need an entire 3 hour film to tell such a small story? Not really, but who can deny them the massive monetary benefits of a sequel.
Since it is an S. S. Rajamouli film, we did expect grandeur, extravagance and larger than life action sequences. Baahubali 2 delivered. All the aspects of the film were of epic proportions. Sometimes even very characteristically going over the top and risking to become illogical, but never irrelevant. The fine balance between the tastes of the north Indian population, the south Indian population and that of the international was very rightly maintained. (There was of course a time when the battle field looked more of an intergalactic one with shields in the sky than an earthly one being fought amongst perishable human beings)
Prabhas is the heart and soul of the film. His angry stare and effortless yet determined demeanour whilst engaging in battle is the stuff of myth and legend (But then again, that’s what Rajamouli was aiming for) Prabhas is excellent as both the man who can single-handedly defeat an army as well as the distraught son who is itching for revenge. He holds the film together and makes whatever outrageous stunts he must perform seem possible. We might even go as far as to say that all those in Bollywood who shall soon be playing superheroes on screen, must take tips from Prabhas.
Anushka Shetty is beautiful, skilled and proud throughout the film. We only saw her as a haggard old woman in chains in the last film. This time, you can watch her sing, dance, shoot arrows and deliver strength through her dialougues. The rest of the crew too acted very well. Sathyaraj faltered in a few places where he might have come off far too crudely comical than otherwise intended. (Watch the film and you’ll get what we mean). Rana Daggubatti is perfectly menacing, more so than he was in the last film and we see a weaker side of Rajmata Sivagami. However, all actors do a spectacular job. The scene when a delusional Rana Daggubatti slips into a soliloquy whilst attacking the crown of Mahishmati is truly worth watching.
On the downside, what we didn’t appreciate was that this film was very predictable and that it lacked realism. These were not issues with the previous film. We would have loved this film far more, if a violent twist shook it’s ambient storyline, just as it did in Baahubali: The Beginning. The rest is routine. Superstars have now graduated into superheroes (The kinds that wear metal armours rather than colourful tights) and the pretext of the film and the ambiguity of its position in the historical timeline is to justify their superhuman powers. All this we have come to terms with. (They did go completely berserk with the final battle scene though)
So ofcourse, please go and watch Baahubali 2. The special effects are spectacular, the story is traditional and yet engaging. You will love Prabhas. And if for nothing else, you must watch this film as though paying homage to what it means for the Indian film industry. A film which has lead the way and warrants creation of more such fantasy-epic movies, that were previously unfathomable for and by the average Indian director.
So why did Katappa kill Baahubali? You’ll have to find out in the movie hall by yourself. We give the film 3.5/5.
You will like this film if: You liked Baahubali- The Beginning
You will dislike this film if: You hate the thought of South Indian cinema
Best performance: Prabhas