Baahubali : The beginning took the nation by storm two years ago. It was an epic fantasy film that left people raving about it and its climax had people craving for more. The prequel of Baahubali: The Conclusion, was the outline and Baahubali 2 is the core of the story.
In Baahubali : The Beginning the audience learnt about the extravagant and vast Mahismati kingdom, the valiant warrior Mahendra Baahubali (Prabhas) and his lineage. Mahendra Baahubali learnt about the heroism of his father , Amarendra Baahubali (Prabhas in a dual role) and the misdeeds of his uncle Bhallala Deva (Rana Daggubati) and his father Bijjala Deva (Nassar). Amarendra Baahubali, the successor to the throne of Mahismati was ironically murdered by Kattappa (Sathyaraj), who was the most faithful to him. Thus, leaving the audience to ponder on the question – Why Kattappa killed Baahubali? This question was an ace marketing prowess to end the film on.
Baahubali : The Conclusion is all about revelation and closure. Mahendra Baahubali learns how and why his father was killed by Kattappa. It also showcases the beautiful love story of Amarendra Baahubali and Devasena (Anushka Shetty), who is the mother of Mahendra Baahubali. It manifests the revenge story of Mahendra Baahubali to avenge the death of his father and grandmother Sivagami (Ramya Krishna) and avenge the imprisonment of his mother Devasena.
The splendid performances of the cast raises the film to a top notch level. Prabhas and Rana Daggubati have dazzled in their roles. Their duelling sequences is worth watching. Ramya Krishna, Sathyaraj and Nassar have delivered stellar performances too. Anushka Shetty who had a minor screen presence in the prequel balances out here with a major screen presence and does justice to her role. Post Yash Chopra, if someone can make their heroines look divine, it is Director SS Rajamouli. All the characters are asset to this film.
This film is a treat to the eyes with its extravagant sets, exotic locales, classic yet classy garments, innovative war techniques. At times, the Director SS Rajamouli goes overboard in depicting the heroism of Baahubali. For e.g. the scene where Amarendra Bahubali climbs atop an elephant by walking up its trunk to hopping on aggressive bulls and not to mention the scene where flood gates are opened to destroy the enemy leave the logical minds swirling. The war time gimmick involving palm trees is the highlight of the battle.
The story does lack freshness as everything is very predictable and hence one can lose interest. The conspiracy theories of Bhallala Deva and Bijjala Deva carry loop holes to which an otherwise wise Sivagami is an easy prey.
Nevertheless, this movie is definitely a one time watch for the brilliant and unbelievable performances of its lead cast, the scale of VFX used, the awe-inspiring state of the art sets and to know the answer to the epic question – Why Kattappa killed Baahubali?