Despite its contrivances- and there are- ''Baahubali 2: The Conclusion" is a smash. An effective conclusion of the royalty universe it is, but the film manages to raise the bars with authenticity in thought and emotion.
SS Rajamouli delivers what he promised in the first, though with a little less organic touch- the premise is what constructs the stunning film: a flashback- The film is set in medieval India and follows the sibling rivalry between Amarendra Baahubali and Bhallaladeva. But what constructs the film more is Amarendra Baahubali's absolute world. The worth-becoming-king young prince who is loved by his subjects and Sivagami, the only mother he has known. However, Sivagami's husband Bijjala Deva wants that their son Bhallala Deva be the king of Mahishmathi, for reasons already told by the first film.
And then there are flights of fancy and fantasy, as Baahubali is on the travels of his vast to-be kingdom. And it is there that he meets the queen of his dreams: Devasena, the princess of Kunthala, bold, beautiful, stunning, ambitious, blazing, feminist.
These two come to the stunning, powerful kingdom of Mahishmathi only to discover the things upside down. Amarendra is no longer the king. In fact, he is no longer a prince. He is a commoner.
And that's where the real, authentically framed and superbly executed conclusion completes itself. Not only is it thorough, but also enjoyable, with beating rhythms and pulsating making.
Anushka Shetty overpowers the winning film. Maybe it has to do with the modernity in which the character is moulded, but it has something more to do with those eyes, those lips, those fingers. They carry that image of a goddess, which has become the plethora of divinity in the Hindu metaphorical world. Amarendra Baahubali is still a warrior, an absolute man, a complete kingly image. Bhallala is strong as the villain once again. But Bijjala Deva is a find, with his spectacular act as the anti hero. And Sathyaraj's Katappa actually emotes, and that's what makes the act better than the first.
Above anything else, watching ''Baahubali 2: The Conclusion" is having a scintillating experience at the cinemas, experience a novel, soulful and rhythmic display of mesmerizing, glorious world that Mahishmathi constitutes of. And believe me, it is fun! It is no ''The Beginning'', but these last pages don't slow down. I'm going with 4 stars out of 5 for ''Baahubali 2". Go and watch this accomplishment.
except fighting scenes ,movie is power pact
BAAHUBALI THE BEGINNING took entertainment and Indian cinema both to new heights. So obviously it raised the expectations from BAAHUBALI THE CONCLUSION. And undoubtedly, the conclusion lives up to every expectation and proves to be rather better than the Beginning. Largely because here we have every good element needed for a perfect film, present in this film. I watched the film twice on the big screen. Such great films should be seen on the big screen and not on pirated prints.
BAAHUBALI THE CONCLUSION is a perfect film which defines Indian cinema and culture. This isn't just a film, it's a grand celebration that must be celebrated at theatres. We don't get to see such great films daily. This film is really better than the Beginning because it offers more intensity, emotion, high voltage action, splendid visuals and goosebumps-inducing sequences. Even while watching it second time, I got goosebumps in certain sequences. This is really an unmissable family entertainer. There's no vulgarity or obscenity in this film. Kids can definitely watch and enjoy this film.
The best part of the film is...the entire film! I can't describe in words how entertaining this film is and it's really hard to choose only one or two scenes as favourite. SS Rajamouli proves himself yet again, along with his entire team. Every single character will be remembered in the history of Indian Cinema. Besides, there's a lot of creativity visible in BAAHUBALI THE CONCLUSION. From the beginning to intermission to the end: each and every scene is 100% engaging and wonderfully shot. The action sequences are very enjoyable and perfectly executed. This is really the BEST action film ever, ever, ever.
The visuals are breathtaking. Splendid and presented with sharp details, the visual effects make you fall in love with the film. Prabhas is as entertaining and excellent as usual. Rana Daggubati is excellent in his role. As a character you'll hate him but as an actor you'll salute him. Anushka Shetty impresses big time. Sathyaraj...I mean what an actor! His performance is absolutely perfect. The music is really good and will stay with you for long. Cinematography too deserves a special mention for capturing this film in an excellent way. And how can one forget to praise the writer Vijayendra Prasad, who wrote this epic? Just praising won't do. A big salute!!!!!
Undoubtedly, BAAHUBALI THE CONCLUSION is the best film of Indian Cinema. If you liked the beginning, you'll definitely like the conclusion. Even if you didn't, you'll love this part. And I loved both. The Conclusion however is, as I said before, better than the Beginning. Come on, now don't look at some of the (undoubtedly mindless) negative reviews and watch this film with your family, but not on pirated prints. The film's bluray will be releasing soon and I've pre-ordered it. One or two viewings aren't enough!
Best : Direction , acting , production design
weakness : over the top ( at times )
The frenzy and thirst for more that the first part started and caused in 2015 had to be quenched by content that has more power, more action, and more grandeur. This epic romantic drama, which is South Indian director S S Rajamouli's eleventh feature film, has the combined effect of all these factors, but is unsurprisingly let down by lack of logic.
Resuming exactly where the first part ends, the story follows king- slave Kattappa's (Sathya Raj) narration of the past events that occurred in the Mahishmati kingdom and how they directly led to its degeneration under the rule of the foxy and narcissistic Bhallaladeva (Rana Daggubati). Shiva (Prabhas), upon realizing his lineage, has to save the kingdom now and settle some scores...
Predictability is all over the place as you follow the flashback story involving Bahubali (Prabhas), who uses a method previously sampled by the protagonist in the 2005 Tamil film "Ghajini", to woo Devasena (Anushka Shetty), the fiery queen of a nearby smaller kingdom. Bahubali, with ample help from Kattappa, fool around with Devasena, as humor and borderline slapstick enter the concoction (but do not stay for long), which soon shifts to high drama as the lover boy's brother, Bhallaladeva, now has his eyes on Devasena. It's a ploy actually, which he masterminds with help from his crippled father, Bijjaladeva (Nassar). What ensues is a game of shifting, smarmy egos and value of integrity between Bahubali and his aunt, Sivagami (Ramya Krishnan), whom he regards as his mother. How things take a swift turn to what led to the events in the first part is what essentially the first two hours of this film is. It is up to Shiva to bring back the kingdom's glory by doing what is right: unshackle Devasena, his mother, and take back what is lawfully his.
There is enough substance for an average film-goer to look at and appreciate here. Starting from the opening credits, which poses as a prologue and a visual narration of the first part so that you can brush up, to the high-octane stunts that defy logic and science to derive magic, the good old melodrama, and an obvious yet satisfying answer to the eternal question derived from part one's climax. While Bahubali 1 banked on structural storytelling and a pretentious climax to hook its viewers, Bahubali 2 uses more firepower and style. On that front, it is imperative that we give the makers full marks for efforts and storytelling. Romance between Bahubali and Devasena is strictly martial, but is still palpable to our hungry senses. As is evident from the loads of social media mentions lauding both of these characters' authenticity and idealism, if there is one thing that you will take away from the Bahubali films, it is the virtues that these characters adopt and explicitly endorse. Also, there is this faint sampling of didacticism swaying around in the plot - whether it is trying to erect a feminist character like Devasena or showcasing the brutal kingdom affairs of the bygone era or the sexist nature of things - the pedagogical element is present, making the film overwhelming to some.
Having said that, there cannot be any excuse to the substandard CGI that is at show here. The degree of implausibility blows through the roof, yet it's the heroism that comes to the rescue in every single frame. Why the characters do not succumb to their injuries may be retorted by mythological and religious references, but for a learned viewer, there are going to be issues with the film. Weighing these issues with the grandeur and volumes of melodrama makes us reach to a conclusion which is slightly positive, only if you consider the entertainment value.
Director Rajamouli's storytelling should be lauded, and film students may want to take notes. He directs his cast well, and in order to describe them, we must first appreciate the casting. I cannot imagine anyone else playing these characters with such finesse and fidelity. Prabhas is magnificent in his portrayal as the hero of the people, and puts up a tireless show in both the films. His nuanced performances as Shiva and Bahubali - two characters with little difference - can be counted as one of the biggest defining factors of the franchise's success. Same goes for Daggubati as the classic villain. However, if I had to choose one star who shines like the greatest of all, it is Shetty, with her electric performance as Devasena. Sure, Bahubali supports her as the independent woman that she is, but her idiosyncratic stances on causes that matter to her, and her dialogues are all so defining (and relatable to the recent feminist uprising), it will be harder to not understand why she is the cinema character of the year. Nasser and Krishnan are equally good, but Sathyaraj is the man who will be remembered for his role and portrayal ten years for now, after Prabhas.
Overall, there is enough for viewers to both love and hate here. Which side you delve into more depends on how you perceive the sequences that make up the film. If you are someone who judges a film's watchability on the basis of its score, screenplay, and cast performance - then this is going to be a fun affair. If you aim for the plot holes or the poor CGI, then disappointment is going to be your friend.
BOTTOM LINE: S S Rajamouli's "Bahubali - The Conclusion" is a tightly-packed doll of goodies about kings, queens, love, and deceit that will entertain you most of the time. Arguably, one of the most entertaining films of 2017, if you choose to watch it, do it on the big screen. Go for a weekday show!
Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES
Baahubali 2– The Conclusion: The much-awaited sequel to Bahubali – The beginning is finally released and it indeed deserved all the attention it gathered prior to its release itself. Part 1 was certainly grand and spectacular, and Part 2 is even grander and visually spectacular. Since Baahubali – The beginning was immensely successful, it was very natural for the audience to have huge expectations from its sequel. Generally, when the prequel is very successful, it becomes very difficult for the sequel to set new benchmarking standards, but with Baahubali-2, it is entirely different, it has enhanced its own standard, creating new records as far as the box office success is concerned, and also superior in the craft. Filmmaker SS Rajamouli might have definitely experienced the stress to make the sequel much better than the prequel and now he can relax after making this magnificent film. This epic is certainly going to be registered in the Indian Cinema’s history for the kind of huge canvas it has used to share the story, the efforts were taken by the cast and crew to make it a visual extravaganza. A must-watch, a sure shot blockbuster, etched in Indian Cinema’s history forever. This is originally filmed in Telugu and Tamil and also dubbed in Hindi and Malayalam.
In Baahubali : The beginning, the story was of Shiva Alias Mahendra Baahubali (Prabhas) falling in love with Avantika (Tamannaah). Shiva takes up the responsibility to fulfill Avantika’s mission of rescuing Devasena (Anushka Shetty) from the imprisonment of Bhallala Deva (Rana Daggubati), King of Mahishmathi kingdom without knowing how he is related to Devasena as well as this kingdom. While rescuing Devasena, he gets surprised when he is being identified as Baahubali. Later on, when he comes face to face with Kattappa (Sathyaraj), the truth unfolds before him in regard to his identity of being the son of Amarendra Baahubali (Prabhas in a double role) and Devasena. The first part ends up with the confession of Kattappa that it was he who killed Amarendra Baahubali. Kattappa’s confession raised a very pertinent question and the whole set of the audience kept wondering why a loyal person like Kattappa killed Amarendra Baahubali. (Invite you to read my review of Bahubali – The beginning here: lenzscope.com/review-of-baahubali-beginning)
Now about Baahubali 2 : The Conclusion, without trying to review this epic film, let me just express that this film takes us through the answers to all those questions which we had after watching the first part: What sort of power play happens in the kingdom which resulted in the initial scene of injured Sivagami (Ramya Krishnan) trying to save the child. Who was Sivagami ? What is the story of two brothers Amarendra Baahubali and Bhallala Deva (Rana Daggubati)? How does the character of Kattappa (warrior slave of the kingdom) shape up in the film? What made Kattappa kill Amarendra Baahubali ? How did Amarendra and Devasena meet ? Was power the only reason for the rivalry between Amarendra Baahubali and Bhallala Deva ? What happens when the characters suffer from the inner conflict of making a choice between Dharma and Karma, what do they choose?
It is not that the plot is unpredictable, we can assume many happenings of the sequel, but what makes this sequel so special is that how Rajamouli has done the storytelling, making even the most obvious so intriguing in the film. This is one of the best aspects of the film which needs to be highlighted.
The film begins on a very lighter note with Amarendra Baahubali and Kattappa’s friendly banters, Amarendra’s falling in love with Devasena. As the film progresses, the plot gets into the rivalry of Bhallala with Amarendra, Bhallala and Bijjala Deva’s crooked ways, conspiracies, power snatching, Amarendra’s righteousness, Mahendra fighting back etc.
Some breathtaking visuals are: Amarendra leaping into the air and shooting off three arrows in one go, the battlefield’s projection, the Mahishmathi Kingdom itself, the climax etc.
The musical scores are integrated and in sync with the screenplay.
If the first part saw some great performances of Prabhas, Rana and Tamannah, the second part showcased even better performances from Prabhas, Rana, Ramya Krishnan and Anushka Shetty. Prabhas has great screen presence. He is good as both Amarendra Baahubali and Mahendra Baahubali, plays both the characters effortlessly and with much ease. He is indeed a superstar to look out for in the coming days. Rana Daggubati looks huge on screen and his physical transformation to adapt to Bhallala Deva’s role is absolutely commendable. Even his body language expressed his character so well. Both Prabhas and Rana have made their on-screen rivalry look very much credible through their performances. Anushka Shetty as Devasena and Ramya Krishnan as Sivagami have given stupendous performances. Both of them are very good as headstrong, feisty and powerful women. Sathyaraj as Kattappa has done so much justice to his role, he is there in almost all the frames in the film. Nassar as Bijjala Deva does generate disliking for his character through his wonderful acting. Subbaraju as Kumara Varma is also very good. What was missing in part 2 was that of Tamannah’s character Avantika. She played a very strong and a prominent character in the first part which was not further developed in Baahubali 2 : The Conclusion. One could get to see her glimpses only in 2 hours 47 minutes of the film. This was really sad. Another character which was not given importance in the sequel is that of Sanga (Rohini).
Rajamouli’s magnum opus Baahubali 2: The Conclusion has been designed on a huge canvas, be it its production design, visual appeal, awesome performances, background score or narration. It is indeed a visual extravaganza and a treat to watch the film on big screen. A must-watch, a sure shot blockbuster, etched in Indian Cinema’s history forever.
April 28th, 2017; the date that all movie lovers have been waiting for is finally here. I dont think I need to elaborate about it since it is common knowledge that it is the release date of "Baahubali 2: The Conclusion". There has never been any Indian movie that has garnered as much pre-release hype as Rajamouli's magnum opus. It's a known fact that living upto expectations is no mean task & Rajamouli and his team had gargantuan expectations stacked up against them. So did they manage to scale those lofty heights???
So why did Katappa (Satyaraj) kill Baahubali (Prabhas)??? a question that has been asked a million times & gave birth to numerous memes . Well we have the answer now but dont worry guys, I am not going to post any spoilers here. The sequel begins with Sivagami (Ramya Krishnan) instructing Baahubali to tour the kingdom to know his subjects prior to his coronation with Katappa for company. In the meantime, she was also on the lookout for a suitable bride for him but Baahubali during his journey fell for Devasena (Anushka Shetty), the princess of the Kuntala kingdom. Bhallala Deva (Rana Daggubati) saw this as an opportunity to create a fall-out between his mother & cousin. But what was his actual plan & did it actually work out???
Rajamouli, the master craftsman is back with a bang & he has gone all out to create a movie that gives us a measure of his imagination. The extravagant scale in which it is made will surely make one to gasp in awe. The biggest plus for most parts is the well etched characters especially the females who actually decides in which track the story moves forward. The emotional sequences are undoubtedly the best & the stunt choreography is awesome (it might appear outlandish at times, but I loved it). However, the first 40 minutes could have been much more compactly picturised with the comedy track not quite hitting the mark at times & the climax was rather hurried (maybe Rajamouli didnt want to make a 2.5).
On the technical side, the VFX was excellent for most parts but some portions didnt quite have the perfection expected. Senthil Kumar deserves praise for the mesmerizing visuals while Sabu Cyril & his team have done a mind boggling in the art direction department. M.M Keeravani has done a decent job with the music though BGM was damn good.
What do I say about Prabhas? I havent seen any of his movies prior to the Baahubali series but frankly speaking, I cant think of anyone who could have done that character any better. Hats off to his dedication & the same applies to Rana Daggubati as well. Satyaraj scorched the screen with a brilliant performance while Nasser & Subbaraju have done justice to their roles. However, the show stealers for me were Ramya Krishnan & Anushka, both of whom have given knock out performances with the meaty role that they were entrusted with.
Verdict: As expected, it has broken all the opening records & became the first Indian movie to collect more than 100 C on a single day. It was made on a combined budget of around 300 C & had collected more than 500 C even prior to its release through sales of its rights etc. It might be early to predict, but I believe it will be the first Indian film to gross 1000 C at the box office. In short, you definitely got to watch it & be a part of Indian film history!!!
Yes, it has its own flaws .it often succumbs to its own grandeur, its own scale and its own hype..bahubali 2 may not appeal to those niche class who wants to see the real cinema,BT it is so glorious ad mesmerising that u never cares for these hiccups..it is the celebration of an Indian cinema and a culture which took off its flight way back in 2015 with bahubali and now widening its wings and flying high firmly with bahubali 2 in this unexplored and unchartered territory.. Bahubali 2 (420 screens) is running strongly on second spot in the US box office behind only to fast and furious (4200 screens) which itself signifies its opulance and carving a path for Indian cinema on global scale..it is a visual extravaganza not only economically BT also emotionally..even if we do not take its technical aspects ,it still manages to offer a lot...it portrays the range of emotions aesthetically.. It is a rare indian project which welcomes both the technological as well as conventional filmmaking..it covers equally the patriarchal as well as the matriarchal side..it also showcases the human fallacies despite showing them as a larger than life characters..In all, it can be a one tym must watch..go and cherish the cinematic experience..
P.S : here in gwalior,on weekdays even the shows as late as 11 in the night are running house full...only bahubali can hav this magic..
Rajamouli’s grandiose ambition meets his incredible imagination in ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’ to sweep you into glorious ride for most part of 3 hours, that is grippingly fascinating, and as unrelenting as it is mesmerizing.
The sequel to the 2015; “Baahubali: The Beginning’ that shattered records all over India is actually a prequel and reveals what India has been losing sleep for nearly 2 years; Why Kattappa killed Bahhubali. The secret is no big deal, is entirely predictable, as is the plot of two royal cousins pitted against each other for the throne and legacy. But it is Rajamouli’s determination to keep you glued to the seat that has this ordinary tale turned into an extraordinary spectacle, especially in the rollicking first half.
A machine that breaks stones, another that fetches water from the depths, a palm tree catapult that hauls soldiers wrapped in their shields across over the enemy lines, a ship that flies, horses of snowy clouds that accompany it, a telescope that shows enemy approaching…there is seemingly no end to what Rajamouli’s imagination can come up with. Yet it is in capturing the heroism and larger than life image (of a dazzling Prabhas) as Baahubali that Rajamouli truly excels. Prabhas is luminous as Baahubali senior and towers over the story like a larger than life behemoth.
This is without doubt a visual marvel, with several sequences that are truly spellbinding. The coronation scene with its grand military pageant has been cleverly enhanced using a synchronized salute by the forces for the new King. The way Kattappa and Baahubali save the kingdom of Kundala raajyam from marauding invaders is an astonishingly well-choreographed action sequence, literally breath-taking.
The second half, though scales back the action and resorts to drama to keep things moving. Here’s where Rajamouli falters a bit as some bits of the plot are clearly unconvincing. The regal and resplendent Raja Mata Shivagami (played again by a brilliant Ramya Krishna) is a victim to this frailty in the plot as she comes across compromised, swayed as she is by rumour and second hand information. Devesena (Baahubali’s love interest, played by a lovely Anushka Shetty) the fiery feminist and as the owner of her own mind provides some compensation.
There are a few things that are problematic. There is surprisingly some humour, though not surprisingly it promptly falls flat on its face. The romance is unconvincing, despite Rajamouli lavishing time and effort to it. The battle sequences are several notches below Baahubali 1 and the music is just adequate, not doing anything to enhance the tale. The graphics are always not great, but considering what has been spent, it is still very, very good.
Without doubt, Rajamouli has raised the bar for other film makers and has put India firmly on the global pecking order for making technically great, quality entertainment.
Baahubali 2 is a rousing spectacle, unlike anything you have seen on Indian screens so far and is worth every penny that you shell out. Go, make your matinee for Amar Chithra Kadha has come to glorious life!
First Half of the Movie Gets 15 Points out of 10. Movie Slows down when it comes to 2nd Part, Audience Has lot of expectations on Final War Scene but not live up-to audiences expectations. Last 40 Mins Should have dedicated only to War and that should be like 1st part Kalakeya War. No Proper Preparations for War. Overall movie is good no doubt....Go and Watch In Theater with Family and Friends You will enjoy the movie. Do not see it in small screen or leaked content videos that kills the experience.
Nice & Block Buster movie
such a wonder ful flim
It is CGI and VFX that grab you in your seat, but Baahubali also takes you on an emotional rollercoaster ride. The end comes together in a long-drawn climax that could have been 10-minutes shorter. Indian cinephiles must salute Rajamouli for his vision and ambition
It has never seen before action. Fantastic acting with great background score. Don't miss this one. It has many wow moments packed in it.