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Opinion: Baahubali – The Conclusion
Baahubali: The Conclusion has been seen and it took me one day to come up with my opinion on it, I purposefully shy away calling my dissection of movies as ‘a review’ because every critic is an audience and he or she cannot tell how a film will be received in a country of 127 crores people. So, it is actually an opinion of an individual who definitely has more knowledge of films than the common mass. Coming back to the point, I took one day to come up with a write up on Baahubali 2 not because I am short of words to explain the greatness of the film rather I was tired as hell after watching it. It is a kind of movie which with repetitive over the top action, long duration and head hauntingly loud background score make you exhausted at the end. See, I was tired not because the movie is bad, it is a grand visual delight, but you know how the overdose of sweets makes you lazy, isn’t it? That happened to me after watching the movie, though I am happy that the director S.S. Rajamouli has achieved something which looked impossible few years back. His vision and the frames are more of painting canvas than cinematic reels. He has decorated his movie which is in every sense bigger than the last one with colors of trees, vegetations, mountains, rivers, brooks, animals, dresses, metals, bodies and blood. I am more than glad that the movie has become a Pan India product which is unlikely for a Hindi film to do, hats off to Rajamouli’s grand vision and smart marketing, who can forget the ‘Kattapa Ney Baahubali Ko Kyu Maara’ campaign which ran over a year on our Whatsapp groups and texts. That question became bigger than the movie, the answer of which anyone who has seen the part one can guess. The movie without the tinch of doubt is the biggest Indian film till date but the sad part is it is not the greatest. You have to leave your logic behind while watching this film and you need to be a toddler of cinema to enjoy the repetitive action and overuse of VFX.
The film has a flying ship, Telescope, and machines in the era of bow and arrows including umpteen slow motion action sequences, people flying like rubber, cows with burning horns, infernally silly romantic interludes and is too long. To top all, it is typically loud Telegu film with high pitch dialogues and BGM, there were times I felt like closing my ears. The plot is thin and predictable, a revenge saga inspired by the Vanvaas from Ramayana, Sibling war for a woman like Mahabharat but yes technically it is almost pitch perfect, Sabu Cyril’s sets and art direction as a whole is mind blowing, cinematography of K.K. Senthil Kumar is optically delicious, editing department could have been better though. The movie lacks emotion in gloss, everything is on the surface level but what makes it work is the performances. Rajamouli has given birth to a new Superstar, Prabhas is brilliant as the titular character and his commitment towards the role is commendable. His next film Saaho will be huge too because of this one, I can vouch for it. Others lent good support, especially Ramya Krishnan as Shivgami Devi, her character suffers from the contradictions because of the convenience of screenplay yet delivers a strong performance. Anushka Shetty as Devsena is stout and Rana Duggubati gives his best performance till date, Satyraj as Kattapa is good (if you bear his comedy). 1st one was more organic while here director has tried everything he can which not necessarily going to work to make it better. Baahubali 2 is tiring but beautiful, biggest but not great, entertaining but maybe not thoroughly. It’ll break all records but cannot make a permanent place into the hearts of true cine lovers. Rajamouli’s belief in a commercial extravaganza that he put so much of efforts into it for 5 years and his storytelling skill makes it a must watch but there is a caution for every sound cine goer, that you cannot see it again. I’ll go with 3 stars out of five.