“Baahubali 2 The Conclusion”, Just as in the gargantuan first movie Baahubali: The Beginning of 2015, in the sequel too, filmmaker SS Rajamouli channels his favourite childhood read, Amar Chitra Katha (ACK) comics, and a few broad strokes from the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata.
He has spoken of his fascination for Amar Chitra Katha, which his father and filmmaker KV Vijayendra Prasad — who wrote the story for the Baahubali movies as well as for Salman Khan’s blockbuster Bajrangi Bhaijaan — introduced him to when.
It is an obsession with the superlative. On the way, he forgets that little thing called a story that even an ACK comic knew how to tell — with enough tension for a child to keep turning the page. Here the story is flimsier than Princess Avanthika’s gauzy white veil fluttering unnecessarily in Baahubali 1 — a flamboyant choreographic sequence that few pieces of clothing can aspire to.
Baahubali 2 released in over 9,000 screens worldwide, including over 6,500 in India. It has reportedly got Rs 500 crore already — twice the budget — mostly from theatrical rights. It has broken the mould of a pan-India blockbuster.
Only Bollywood and occasionally a Rajinikanth film could have that kind of a broadbased appeal. But Rajamouli has tapped multiple film distribution circuits by releasing a film in many languages — Telugu, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam. It is, in fact, what A.
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The acting — or the very lack of it — is worth a special mention. Prabhas’ biceps have more to say than his facial muscles as he alternates between dropping the corner of a lip for sadness, and a half-smile for happiness. Both eyes in a perpetually fierce glare is the entire repertoire of Ramya Krishnan’s acting as Sivagami. Why do we respond like Pavlov’s dogs to this witless phenomenon? Is it that we haven’t evolved as a film audience and are happy with huge cardboard cutouts? Is.
The super mighty Bahubali is back. Last time we got familiar with the mighty strength of Shiva in the epic Bahubal, Bahubali 2 narrates the tale of his mightier father, Bahubali (Prabhas Raju Uppalpati in both the roles). And it gives us a chance to experience the magnanimous scale that a movie can take yet again.
Bahubali is all set to grace the royal throne, when a twist of fate gets him ousted from his own palace. Rajmata (Ramya Krishnan), his godmother turns against him, all thanks to the wily antics of her husband (Nassar) and son (Rana Duggubatti).
Prabhas, with his rippling muscles and twinkling eyes is back in the game. Bahubali's character is better etched than that of Shiva's as he uses his super brain as often as his fighting skills. It is a delight to see his quick on the feet thinking, which adds oodles of charm to the already lovable character.
While Rana Duggubatti didn't really shine in the first part, he is impressive in this one with his formidable presence. One cannot think of any other actor in Bhallal's giant sized shoes, to be convincingly savage enough to take on the Bahubali.