Bahubali 2 (2017) Movie Review
The two year long wait is finally over! The bedazzling first part of SS Rajamouli’s ‘Bahubali’ (2015) gets a befitting sequel which is not only bigger in scale, better in execution but more importantly, spectacular in vision. [Read: Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya (2017) : Movie Review ]
A direct sequel to the first part – which ended with the loyal soldier Kattappa’s (Sathyaraj) shocking revelation that he killed the valiant Amarendra (Prabhas in dual role as baap-beta Baahubali) – the sequel carries forward the story of Amarendra Bahubali who is designated heir to the Maheshmati throne by the reigning Raajmata Sivagami (Ramya Krishnan). [Read: Sairat (2016) [Musical Romantic Drama] : Movie Review
Bahubali travels to a neighbouring kingdom where he wins the heart of its princess Devasena (Anushka Shetty) by pretending to be a village bumpkin. This love track, though utterly unconvincing and distracting, serves as catalyst for a political conspiracy hatched by rival cousin Bhallal Deva (Rana Daggubati) and his jealous father (Nassar) to overthrow Bahubali as the to-be king.
Even with a simplistic plot, Rajamouli manages to hold your attention throughout not allowing you to glance even once at your mobile to check that random message. The audience in the South Mumbai single screen I visited, was reacting uproariously with whistles and claps to every action scene – from Bahubali taming a wild elephant to the stampede of bulls with flaming horns and the ground shattering (literally!!) climactic encounter between Beta Bahubali and Bhallal Deva. Peter Hein, take a bow! [Read: Naam Shabana (2017) : Movie Review ]
On the tech front, the CGI and VFX are a further improvement over the rich legacy left by the prequel. The grandeur of Maheshmati city and the opulence of the palatial sets are awe-inducing. Musically though, the movie falls short as none of the songs pass muster. The fantasy song on a flying ship has a Disney hangover.
The performances are first rate. Prabhas and Rana Daggubati are absolutely convincing as the warring cousins. Ramya Krishnan, getting the meatier part than the other two female leads, is simply outstanding. Sathyaraj as Kattappa, is effective in the emotional as well as a few comic moments he gets during Bahubali’s courtship with Devasena. Anushka Shetty does well in her wide role transcending from a beautiful princess to a Rakhee like revenge seeking maa. Tamannah Bhatia is hardly there in the film. [Read: Begum Jaan (2017) : Movie Review ]
It’s to Rajamouli’s credit that he has not let the pressure to replicate the astounding success of ‘Bahubali – The Beginning’ get to him and has not compromised on his mega vision in any way. Also, he has efficiently linked every event from the prequel right till the Shiv linga which was placed beneath a waterfall in first part getting a proper culmination in this concluding chapter. [Read: Maatr (2017) : Movie Review ]
Ultimately, Bahubali is a cinematic marvel – a franchise which India needs to showcase to the world. As for that nagging question since last two years “Why Kattappa killed Bahubali”, please rush to the nearest cinema with friends and family and find out for yourself!!