Baahubali 2 movie review: Only if Kattappa had killed Baahubali earlier

Baahubali 2 movie review: Baahubali The Beginning was enormously enjoyable. Baahubali The Conclusion comes to life only in bits and pieces and the credit for it should goes to Prabhas.

Rating: 2 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: April 29, 2017 2:22 pm
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Baahubali 2 movie cast: Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah Bhatia, Ramya Krishnan, Sathyaraj, Nassar
Baahubali 2 movie director: SS Rajamouli 
Baahubali 2 star rating: 2 stars

For two years the nation has been wanting to know, the hysteria increasing with every passing day: why did Kattappa kill Baahubali? Smart viewers would probably have glommed the answer, but given that Baahubali 2 was made expressly for that purpose, we duly give it our time and attention.

We get the answer, but only after long, infernally silly romantic interludes: romance is not really S S Rajamouli’s strength. And everything after the big reveal, which really isn’t half as big as was promised, seems like anti-climactic excess. At the end of nearly three hours, I can tell you that the second part is not half as satisfying or fun as the original.

And the reason is clear: sequelitis. Together with the singular lack of a plot interesting enough to hang a query on, Baahubali 2 comes off as too much sound and fury signifying little.

baahubali 2 movie review, bahubali 2, baahubali 2 review, bahubali 2 review, bahubali 2 image Prabhas stands strong like a rock in Baahubali 2.

The first time around the animated hi-jinks that Rajamouli created, a sort of ‘desi tadka’ version of Peter Jackson and James Cameron crossed with Amar Chitra Katha, were astonishing, both in terms of scale and setting and story telling. I was blown away by the sheer confidence and the conviction of the film-making, ignoring the risible bits and pieces.

And it finished on a great hook, with THAT question which we got to take home, and which got us swarming into theaters brimming with excitement: when was the last time a Telugu movie, dubbed in multiple languages including Hindi, power into multiplexes around the world, shoving aside all competition? Never.

But what took our breath away in 2014 is same old, been here, seen most of it, in 2017. Yes, it is bigger, but it is not better. And it feels much louder. The background music is relentless, and the pitch at which the declamatory dialogues are delivered is deafening: there were times I felt like closing my ears.

The clash between warring princes Baahubali (Prabhas) and Bhallala (Rana Dagubatti) is the fulcrum around which the film revolves. As we know from the first part, Baahubali is the good guy, the rightful heir to the throne, and will save his kingdom from the evil Bhallala, come what may.

The regal queen Sivagami (Ramya) is as commanding as ever, presiding over the fate of the two men, and the fiery princess Devasena (Anushka Shetty) gets a lot of play. Nassar’s wily old king is craftier, and Kattappa (Sathyaraj), that faithful retainer who is forced into the terrible murder, is as loyal as ever.

Also read | Baahubali 2 box office prediction: SS Rajamouli film to break Dangal records, may earn Rs 250 crore in 3 days 

As in the first part, there are a few startlingly gauche parts in the man-woman skirmishes: you don’t really want a woman to call herself a ‘charnon ki daasi’ even if it’s a film set in the distant, mythical past, especially if she is a warrior princess with a strong will.

But we’ve seen it all. Only in some places where the battle scenes and the hand-to-hand combat is choreographed beautifully (there’s one spectacular balletic set-piece between Prabhas and Shetty in which they take on an attacking swarm) and with great energy do you sit up and watch with interest. A couple of times you laugh out loud in appreciation at the sheer spectacle: thousands upon thousands of soldiers, a vista that fills the eye and more, and a hero cleaving through, his eye on the win.

And that brings me to Prabhas, the only one who doesn’t drown in familiarity in a story which doesn’t know when to stop. He plays Baahubali, he of great strength, with as much verve and vigour as in the first part. Striding across the screen, his `dhoti’ and vest and armour all in the right place, he comes across as the perfect action hero, complete eye candy, and the biggest strength of the film.

I enjoyed the first part enormously. The second one comes to life only intermittently. Leaving the theatre, you can’t help wishing that Kattappa had killed the fellow earlier, for us to get a tighter, more economical and perhaps sharper conclusion.

Fans of Baahubali 2 also shared their reviews on social media. Check out some of the videos they posted on YouTube.

 

Baahubali 2 had a sensational opening in India, and is expected to surpass the day one records of Sultan (Rs 36.54 crore) and Dangal (Rs 29.78 crore).

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    Ajay Kumar
    Aug 17, 2017 at 4:03 am
    This Bullawood jihadi loving scum of a press ute is not happy for the Bahubali 2 movie success?
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      independentescortindelhi new
      Jul 21, 2017 at 3:53 pm
      best movie ever...... : independentescortindelhi.co
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        independentescortindelhi new
        Jul 21, 2017 at 3:53 pm
        : independentescortindelhi.co
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        Ritwik Biswas
        Jun 30, 2017 at 1:44 am
        Communist spotted..epic b er..she is from the gang of pseudo secular liberals,,,which are being rejected and trolled by entire country...Jai Mahishmati!
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          Jen
          Jun 18, 2017 at 1:45 pm
          What rubbish! Bahubali 2 is better than the first part in every single way. It is an absolute treat and a magnum of Indian cinema.
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            kishore kumar
            Jun 16, 2017 at 8:45 pm
            oh my god plese dont review any other movie
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              Mary
              Jun 14, 2017 at 8:57 pm
              Are you crazy???? It is a woderful movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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                Gagan
                Jun 13, 2017 at 6:58 pm
                What are you, Shubhra Gupta doing in this business of writing reviews. You should probably sell wares on the side of a road.... f ing !
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                  abhi banerjee
                  Jun 2, 2017 at 9:19 pm
                  Well, I went to the theatre to watch bahubali 2 with a lot of enthusiasm, but felt all of that going for a toss by the time film is 34th done.... Lack of good story and a plot was very much visible, although one to give credit for the visual effects, but I just feel that it was a bit too much. Coming to action again it was going over the top, bahubali almost single handedly defeats the army of pindaris was a bit too much fr me. I dont think such a one man army show ever happened in the history of earth or man kind. And the most coveted dual of bhallaldev and bahubali were just beyond logic. Breaking that "pachas gaj Ki pratima" with bare hands was just bull . May be bahubali was supposed to be the Indian superman. Oh I forgot the best one. Bahbali and troops go over the walls of the fort with the help of that tree was beyond a logical explanation. Having said that for me it was complete waste of money and time for me.
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                    zavne
                    Jul 18, 2017 at 2:46 pm
                    Ja laude
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                      aman bansal
                      Jul 31, 2017 at 11:42 am
                      Don't forgot we Indians have many warriors in past who can kill almost 10 million in one day. Like Bhisam Pitamah and Arjun. In the war of Mahabharata 1.66 billions killed in just 18 days. So why can't bahuballi kill whole force? And didn't kill them by hand but it is his techniques according to the situation mentioned in the film. If you don't like action movie don't watch them
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