The wait is over. Fans of Baahubali waited for over two years to know why Kattappa killed Baahubali. The prequel, Baahubali, The beginning, ended with Baahubali being stabbed from behind by his most trusted uncle Kattappa triggering questions and speculations among ardent fans as to what led Kattappa to betray Baahubali.
The sequel, Baahubali, The Conclusion, released on April 28, 2017 has been well received by audiences world over. The film starts from where the prequel ended and there are no jarring moments to hamper the flow of the story.
The sequel begins from the death of Baahubali at the hands of his most trusted aide Kattappa. Kattappa reveals this to his son at the end of the prequel and the fans had to bear, for two years, the suspense as to why he killed the father.
Baahubali 2 deals with the reason behind the murder, and how his son avenges his father’s death. The story might not seem that deep, but the manner in which it has been executed, backed by strong visuals, music and screenplay, works wonders.
All actors including Prabhas (Baahubali), Rana (Pallvalthevan), Sathyaraj (Kattappa), Anushka (Maharani Devasena) and Nasser (Pingaladevan) have substantial roles. As far as performance is concerned, Prabhas and Rana steal the show. Prabhas as Mahendra Baahubali oozes with charisma.
Prabhas has, in fact, dedicated five years of his life and career for Baahubali without accepting a single new film. His effort and sacrifice, at the peak of his career has paid off, with Baahubali now a cult classic. Rana as the villain is subtle but menacing.
The film has some classy mass moments of Prabhas. The last time the audience whistled and clapped in awe to the lead actor’s walk would have been 22 years ago when Rajinikanth walked for the background score in Baasha.
Prabhas deserves all the accolades and the mass welcome for his effortless emoting and stunt actions. The prequel received rave reviews for its screenplay and state of the art visual effects.
The sequel is no less extravagant in terms of visual excellence. In fact, its director, SS Rajamouli has upped the benchmark for visuals and graphics through his second instalment of the Baahubali franchise.
The biggest challenge for Rajamouli would have been to keep the audience even after breaking the suspense. He manages to do so due to the smooth screenplay, and most importantly the magnificent visual effects.
Rajamouli’s films boast of state-of-the -art visual effects. The prime examples are Naan-Ee (2012) and Baahubali, The Beginning (2015). The sequel does not disappoint the audience who went for the show expecting a visual treat.
The songs are put in just the right places and do not slow down the pace. Once again, the visual effects come to the rescue and keep the audience glued to the screen. MM Keeravani’s background score is equally classy as the visuals. The songs are pleasant to the ears, but the visual brilliance and gripping storyline diverts the attention of the viewer from the songs back into the plot.
Overall, Baahubali is a cult classic that no movie lover should miss out on.