The movie picks up from where it had ended and covers Baahubali’s (Prabhas) romance and marriage with Devasena (Anushka Shetty) and its varied consequences.
Positive points: –
- Inspite of all its overt silliness (like Baahubali’s Barry Allen aka Flash moment is unintentionally hillarious), one cannot deny the powerful storyline it has. What makes this movie magnificent is its story development and execution to a larger extent and kudos to S. S. Rajamouli for the same.
- Even at a whooping length of nearly 3 hours, this flick doesn’t waste your time and money for even a jiffy.
- The performances of Prabhas, Anushka, Ramya and Sathyaraj are the highlights of the movie.
- The visual effects and the direction in most of the parts is above excellence. Baahubali 2 is an achievement in Indian cinema as far as VFX and SFX are concerned.
- The movie is filled with several ‘wow-moments’ and one shouldn’t be astonished if the audiences are enthralled in the theatres.
Negative points: –
- As mentioned earlier, you have to forget the fact that you have brains before watching it and it’s strongly recommended because enjoying a movie is more important than critiquing it.
- The over melodramatic acting of the rest of the cast is disturbing but then, who gives a damn about them.
- The action sequences are extremely asinine at times viz. In one montage Baahubali is riding one 2 horn-burning cows (you need to see the movie to know what it is)! I mean seriously! Did we ever expect Prabhas to pull of an Ajay Devgan feat and that too on cows!
- As expected, the movie has few glitches which are both in terms of direction and writing. For ex. How could a large army attack Devasena’s kingdom with no one ever knowing about its imminence! If one does proper research on kingdoms and lifestyles of kings, such situations are found out long before thanks to their spies all around. But then… ok lets’s forget it.
Direction, Script and Other Technicalities: –
S. Rajamouli deserves a hell lot of accolades for conceiving the storyline of this flick and directing it. His dedication and vision, both have rendered a magnificent visual experience and I give him 90% credit for what Baahubali 2 is. However, I do feel he could have made the better out of his supporting cast and gotten rid of the typical Telugu style action viz. The montage in which Baahubali and Devasena fight of the enemies with bows and arrows was rather funny because of the unnecessary romantic angle added to it. No doubt the story he conceived was incredible and it can be seen on the screen, he could have undertaken some more research so as to fix in the plot-holes and get rid of its numerous absurdities, for ex. a strong female character like Devasena falls for the fool Baahubali was pretending to be. Given the character outline of Devasena and the fact that she had guessed that Baahubali was lying, she would have resented his presence instead of liking him. But then…. this is Indian cinema, phew!
The cinematography by K. K. Senthil Kumar and the editing by K. V. Rao are superb. Sabu Cyril and V. Srinivas Mohan shine in their works with art direction and visual effects respectively and kudos to both because they have a heavier hand in making Baahubali 2 grand. M. Keeravani has done a good job with the music and the soundworks of the film.
Prabhas gives his all in for this performance and is even better than he was in the previous film. He has the charisma and the acting-axe to justify both the characters he is playing. This is by far his most insightful and terrific performance till date.
Anushka Shetty is terrific too in her portrayal of Devasena. She doesn’t falter a bit in any scene and manages to give a strong performance without going over the top which is laudable.
Sathyaraj is fantastic as Kattapa and his ability to express himself emotionally is incredible.
Ramya Krishnan too gives a strong and worthy performance.
Rana Dagubatti didn’t have much acting skills to show but he is outstanding in ever montage he is in.
Nassar is good too in his wicked stint.
Tamannaah doesn’t get any space to show of her acting skills and that may disappoint her fans greatly.
Final Verdict: –
Ok, so here comes the dilemma. I know Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is silly inspite of having a great storyline thanks to its over the top action and over melodramatic sequences. But I have to admit that I enjoyed most of it and consider the movie to be an achievement in Indian cinema. It’s far greater than its predecessor and is one of the most visually grand movies Indian cinema has ever produced. So I may wish to give it a rating of 3 as a critic but the spectator in me forces me to add 1 more to it. Go to your nearby theatres and enjoy the movie. Don’t miss it!