Film Review: Bahubali-The Conclusion
Director: SS Rajamouli
Producer: AA Films/ Karan Johar
Cinematographer: Senthil Kumar
Cast: Prabhas, Anushka Shetty, Tamannah, Rana Duggubati, Ramya Krishnan, Sathyaraj, Nasser and Subbaraju
Rating: Four and a half stars
The riddle that stayed on our lips for 2 years, ‘Why did Kattapa kill Bahubali?’ after much anticipation in Bahubali 2-The Conclusion has finally been answered where this magnificent magnum opus erupts like a hurricane on the big screen. The special effects, montage, design, and sets are sublimely crafted to give shape to a heavenly treat unfurling in front of our eyes. It confirms not just Kattapa ne Bahubali ko kyon mara but also that SS Rajamouli is the Rajnikanth of film-making. Fact! Come and beat that. Rajamouli takes us in a world that perhaps no filmmaker has been able to tread, beautifully marrying the East and West. Bahubali-2 is epic, iconic and stuffs that only dreams can dare to do. Something that every Indian should be proud of.
It’s no child play to make a movie like Bahubali and its conclusion on an even grander scale that defies gravity in its execution where it not only lives up to the mounting expectations but takes it another level. In short, Bahubali-The Conclusion is made in a colossal way and sets a precedent in a tone that no one has attempted before, shot in grandeur and a massive scale. It would be humanly impossible to imitate this sparkling gem in future and only a stroke of genius would be able to emulate and beat this film. It’s not a film. Rather SS Rajamouli creates a universe of its own with characters which are too good to be real and unleashing its power of rocket like magnitude. It’s a franchise with breathtaking cinematography, stunning visuals, proficient techniques and wondrous special effects, spellbound narration, edgy confrontations-cum action sequences and thrilling performances from the entire cast.
The director revisits our old tradition enshrined in the old age victory of good over evil set in the Kingdom of Mahismati and the royal feud between Baahubali (Prabhas) and Bhallala Deva (Rana). The confrontation is Devasena (Anushka Shetty). First thing first, when you have made a classic Bahubali with grandeur and opulence, the conclusion becomes a daunting and humanly impossible task, albeit to repeat the feat. Not, for SS Rajamouli. Is he human? It makes me wonder. In years to come, Bahubali will be looked as a cult film, a reference point and iconic, without which the history of Indian cinema would be incomplete. Any attempt to surpass this film is akin to climbing Mount Everest.
Prabhas is splendid in the double role as father and son. His screen introduction blows the mind where he effortlessly fit into the skin of the character. He exudes sheer invincible power and charisma coupled with splendor and valor, playful at times but carries immense weight. Rana plays the villain with elan and is menacing in his transformation where he roars like the thunderous tiger. He is scary, conniving and intensely powerful. Anushka Shetty as Devasena slips in the role like art on canvas, to make it a perfect pitch. She is sensational, charm personified and shines like a Goddess molded in human form. She is sparkling and you cannot leave your eyes off not only her sparkling beauty but riveting performance where she emerges unscathed. Sathyaraj as Kattapa gives his own distinct style and adds zing to the performance which he owns in every frame and in a role no less iconic while Nasser is brilliantly machiavellian. Ramya Krishnan as Sivagami is royal and incarnates the Queen with dignity. Unfortunately, this time the talented Tammanah doesn’t have much screen presence.
The ferocious battle scenes and confrontations take one’s breath away. It’s death-defying, tantalizing and blows like dust on your face every time. The tension-filled shots remain Bahubali-The Conclusion’s major strong point in capturing the audience imagination in a scintillating manner that draws you inside the frame. The production design by Sabu Cyril effects, cinematography by Senthil Kumar and out of the world’s VFX are mesmerizingly captivating while the action scenes are nerve-wracking and heart pounding. Of course, the film has its share of light moments, whether the romance between Bahubali and Devasena which glorifies the royal epic saga. The choreography is brilliantly done. The music is a perfect fit to the film’s soul and theme.
There are several stand out scenes whether it’s the introduction of Prabhas as Bahubali, gigantic set designs, Devasena doing the round of the flame in the climax and the confrontation sequences between Prabhas and Rana which is jaw-dropping. The special effects are in sync with the action scenes mounted on such a grand scale, shot in a stunning manner that one doesn’t want it to end. Moreover, the confrontation between Anushka Shetty and Ramya Krishnan, both in terrific forms, elevates the narration. The ambiance is electrical, sending the pulses racing and majestically shot. It’s the mark of a blockbuster worth its name.
There is hardly a dull or sluggish moment in the narration that has the sole aim to entertain and delight the viewers in an aesthetic manner. The flick is a visually appealing to the eyes and the senses.
On the whole, SS Rajamouli takes the fun a notch higher from the earlier outing which is an ardent task which he had at his hand. The script, screenplay, and narration don’t fail the director who made Bahubali-The conclusion a game changer in the annals of Indian cinema. Technically powerful in all departments, the film boasts of repeat value that will cut across all generations to make it a masterpiece. Bahubali-The Conclusion will bag several awards at the national level and is arguably, the best film made this year. The actors are in terrific form and is a cinematic feast that we will drool down the years. It celebrates cinema in all its forms and SS Rajamouli shows why he is the best in film-making. No argument on that. It’s a shame if you choose to stay away from this jewel called Bahubali-The Conclusion.