Bahubali 1 success had created a monstrous hype around this one and given the history of Indian movies, one would think that this one would fall short of it. But Bahubali 2 doesn’t just live up to the hype but exceeds the magnanimity of the first.
Besides answering the million dollar question, the story is amazingly well written with great twists and turns that keep you at the edge of your seat even with a predictable climax. A large part of the story revolves around the build up of Amarendra Bahubali and Devsena’s love story and the conspiracy of Bhallaladeva that eventually culminated in Katappa killing Bahubali. While, for some time, especially in Bahubali-Devsena love story build up, you feel the movie is a bit of drag but the writers ensured that every part of the movie had its significance, realized sooner or later. Besides the main story, the story also threw light on some of the wrongs that went on in the ancient (and for that matter, even today) Indian society through a strong character of Devsena challenging such customs and fighting for equality – with support from Amarendra Bahubali.
Prabhas was great to watch in projecting the character of Amarendra Bahubali – the swag, the commitment, the wrath and the innocence. Not even an inch of overacting to be effective. However, it was Anushka Shetty, with the role of Devsena, who almost stole the movie from Prabhas and kind of ran away with it. Together with Prabhas, she gave very convincing action scenes in terms of expressions and postures – something to watch out. Ramya Krishnan, playing Rajmata Shivagami, had a larger role to play and was very impressive. Her ability to express effectively with her eyes set her apart from the rest of the cast. Rana Daggubati was great playing a politically smart guy. Unfortunately, he only had the climax in his pocket to show some action and flex his muscles but the audience probably didn’t miss that with action loaded for Prabhas and Anushka Shetty. Sathyaraj had a difficult role to play in terms of nature – a slave as well as a Godfather (of Mahendra Bahubali). He had his moments as, in a way, he was center to everything that was happening in the movie, and was effortless in delivering a great performance.
Making a seemingly predictable movie entertaining for almost 3 hours is a colossal task and S. S. Rajamouli pulled it off in style. The conceptualization of scenes, the graphics and especially the brilliant climax showed the class of Rajamouli. His ability to make every single minute of the movie count was exceptional and something that rest of the directors need to learn. His use of introductory credits to provide a quick recap of the story in the form of sculptures was impressive and innovative. He didn’t miss out on a very subtle Jallikattu reference too which created quite a stir in the country. His research on ancient war techniques was good from what was shown in the movie – even though a few of them were kind of over the top. Overall, great direction and full entertainment lifted the movie to the next level.
A must watch and one of the rare kinds of a movie in the current times that had so much entertainment value.