Two years ago, Director SS Rajamouli did not just make a film but a world of its own. ‘Bahubali: The Beginning’ surprised the Hindi film audience due to its larger than life type of grandeur, extra ordinary special effects, breath taking action and the fantastic vision of the director. The audience was overwhelmed by the movie and wanted to see more of it as soon as possible. The makers took two long years to complete the movie and released its sequel ‘Bahubali 2: The Conclusion’. The expectation levels were sky high and the audience just couldn’t wait to see the conclusion of the most expensive movie made in our country. Releasing worldwide in over 8000 screens and with a budget of Rs 450 crores, Bahubali 2 is a powerpacked film designed to be a blockbuster.
In the first film, the tribal boy Shivudu (Prabhas) discovered that he is, in fact, Mahendra Baahubali, son of the late great Amarendra Baahubali (also Prabhas) who was robbed of the throne of Mahishmati kingdom by the machinations of his cruel cousin Bhallaladeva (Rana Daggubati) and uncle Bijjaladeva (Nassar). In Baahubali: The Conclusion, Mahendra hears the story of why and how that happened before setting off to avenge the deaths of his father and foster grandmother Sivagami (Ramya Krishna) and to free his mother Devasena (Anushka Shetty) from imprisonment in Mahishmati.
This part is more a prequel than a sequel because initially the story traces the origins of Baahubali’s father, who was meant to be the King of Mahishmati. It also delves on the love-story between Amarendra and Devasena(Anushka Shetty), who is the mother of Mahendra Baahubali. The plot is simple and carries the ‘good triumphs over evil’ thought forward just like the first part did. Part 2-The Conclusion onerously carries the equity of the first part on its shoulder and ups the scale on many counts—especially in heroism. Baahubali has been sketched out as a symbol of strength and power that makes you root for him throughout the movie’s intense action sequences. Prabhas is terrific as both father and son and embodies his character with utmost perfection. What’s more, this part provides an answer to a question uppermost in everyone’s mind for the last two years—it tells you why Katappa, the old faithful, killed Baahubali Senior.
From never seen before CGI and VFX shots in Indian cinema to powerful and seemingly dedicated acting performances from a talented cast compiled with Peter Hein’s thrilling stunts,Bahubali 2 is a joyride of extravagance in all aspects of film production. Although the dubbed version feels a little out of place, Bahubali is meant to be a visual treat with graphics and war sequences that keep you on the edge of your seat and make you feel the intensity of a Roman-esque India. A first of its kind, Bahubali 2 ushers in a new age of cinema.