Baahubali 2: The Conclusion serves as both a sequel and a prequel to the earlier, Baahubali: The Beginning. The story begins with Amarendra Baahubali getting ready to be declared the king of Mahismati. During his kingdom visit, he falls in love with Devsena, but Bhallala Deva and Bijjaladeva conspire against him and Baahubali ends up getting dethroned and exiled. Based on false charges, trickery and deception, Katappa is given the royal order to kill Amarendra Baahubali. The movie then transports itself to the present day scenario, where the son of Amarendra Baahubali, Mahendra Baahubali builds an army along with Katappa and raids Bhallala Dava’s palace and kills him.
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is a sequel to Baahubali: The Beginning (2015). The grand premiere of the film was cancelled by Karan Johar on 27th April in Mumbai to pay respect to the death of Vinod Khanna. This is the first Telugu film to be released in 4K HD format. Pre-release, the movie already made business of ₹ 500 Crores. The movie was filmed in both Telugu and Tamil. It was announced by S.S. Rajamouli that a new movie set in the same universe and not starring Baahubali or Katappa might be on the cards.
What To Anticipate:
Riding high on expectations and the fascination behind the reason of why Katappa killing Baahubali, this movie was termed as one of its kind. When, Baahubali: The Beginning was released, it came as something new, something unprecedented and something really amazing. For the very first time, it seemed that the grandeur of Hollywood films like Gladiator could be met with an Indian film, but does Baahubali 2 live on those expectations? Well, it falls shorter than expected.
The first half of the movie is equally boring as any typical South Indian romantic masala movie could be. Filled up with two songs (one of them has a very bad dubbed version called O Raja) and a dancing sequence aboard a ship that can even fly, it goes strutting to fall into idiosyncrasy. Not even the forced comic relief through the hands of Sathyaraj, helps. If nothing else, you will be relieved that the dubbing in Hindi dialogues is really very good. Yes, the depiction of a more-perfect-than-ever world with grand structures and the cleanest of water and the brightest of flowers look astonishing, but they are far-flung from reality and this was not an animated movie altogether.
In terms of story, the base remains strong, far more than most of the Bollywood movies, you would have seen in a long period, but at the same time, the motive behind the killing remains a half-hearted effort. The only fitting character that lives upto the expectation is Prabhas. His depiction of Baahubali is brilliant. You really enjoy the time and effort that must have went behind in depicting such a character, but the same time, Sivagami Devi’s being tricked at the hands of his son and husband is equally stupid. You wonder about the character of Sivagami Devi, because at one moment, she is shown to be the perfect humanitarian and the upholder of law, but few seconds later, the ease with which she is duped stands in total disorder.
It’s a man-oriented movie and a kshatriya-oriented movie (no questions asked as to why), with some strength attributed to woman which she happily gives up the moment a man swoops in to save her (it’s always a man saving the woman in Hindu mythology). Devasena may be the finest warrior and someone demanding her pride and questioning the law, but even she needs her husband’s authority to defend her actions. All the time and space goes in positioning Baahubali as the ultimate warrior and the rightful king for he is to slay the evil king, Bhallal Deva. We wonder if Tamannah Bhatia’s role was a cameo, for she never appeared more than 30 seconds on the screen and the use of same set of subjects looked unfortunate.