We got to witness a battle of epic proportions in Baahubali: The Beginning, but it is ultimate war in Baahubali 2. The million dollar question and the biggest USP in the film: "Why Kattappa killed Baahubali" is answered, but so do many other revelations come out in the narrative. In comparison however to the first film, the second installment no doubt is far more engrossing in its story-telling.
The story starts off with few standard sequences for Prabhas showcasing how he is adored by the people of his kingdom. We are then introduced to Anushka Shetty as the princess of Kundhaladhesam and her romance with the soon-to-be-king of Mahismati. Her portions are powerful throughout the film as they bring before us an independent woman who will bow down to no one under any cost and will step up to the occasion.
Although the first half is centered around the romance between the two, the desires and motives of Rana Daggubati and Nassar propel the story forward resulting in countless twists. Calling the film a revenge tale would be an understatement considering there is a lot more in the screenplay than meets the eye. Anushka's characterization is a pivotal aspect and her induction in the royal family of Mahismati is a turning point as everything changes from then on.
Prabhas as Amarendra Baahubali has a heart of gold and is the champion of the masses and, Anushka gives him equal support playing his wife standing up for everything that needs to be right. There is deceit, emotional drama, high-octane drama and so many revelations.
The answer to why Kattappa killed Baahubali is finally revealed in the second half and it is a highly emotional affair that leaves us all teary-eyed. Apart from the lead characters, Sathayaraj, Ramya Krishnan and Nassar deliver performances that are consistent with the plot. All their roles are crucial and have been wonderfully justified.
In comparison to the fast-paced first half, the second half might feel a bit lagging considering the high emotional drama. The interval block is one of the best moments in the film and so is the twist when Anushka accepts to accompany Prabhas as his prisoner as per his mother Ramya Krishnan's orders.
Indisputably, Baahubali 2 has a pulsating climax, but whether it delivered or not depends on each person's viewpoint. Few war tactics in 20-minutes climax sequence may seem overboard at times, but fulfill our needs to be satisfied.
Prabhas emerges more than a king in the film and has performed the role with much zest. There are several mass sequences in the film; especially the scene where he takes down the bandits who have stormed the palace in Kundhaladesam. His archery skills along with his introduction by Sathyaraj to the people of the Kundahaladesam kingdom are major fist bump moments. His dedication and efforts for the role over the past 5 years have now finally paid off and will be a christening film in his career.
Although Anushka's role in Baahubali: The Beginning was miniscule, she turns out to be the fulcrum of the sequel. Appearing as a princess and later as Amarendra Baahubali's wife, she charms us not just with her astonishing beauty, but also with her bravery. Be it action, sentiment, romance, she delivers in all the sequences she appears. Her dialogues are fiery and she compliments them with an apt performance.
Rana Daggubati is shown as a calm and calculating person before unleashing himself into the villain of the story and earning the hate of audiences. This is a testimony to the actor's proficiency and he has trumped this time. Tamannaah's role in the film is the same as Anushka's was in the previous one and she appears barely for a few minutes in the climax.
Filmmaker SS Rajamouli has crafted a screenplay far ahead of the first film and has emerged as the biggest winner in the film. There are numerous twists and from a story-telling POV, it is a daunting task to include so many in a single film. Although Prabhas's introduction scene isn't all awe-inspiring, the design for his forthcoming scenes are thoroughly satisfying. There are no words left to compliment the filmmaker for his efforts to blend in commercial elements with so much ease in a historical epic tale.
One wonders if another film of such big scale and scope as Baahubali: The Conclusion will ever be made again! No award will be justifiable for Rajamouli's gigantic efforts in bringing us this masterpiece. To state that the film is filled with stunning visuals would be an understatement since the screenplay is one of the finest written in recent times.
The VFX and Computer Graphics have been seamlessly blended throughout the film and are realistic in every aspect. Maragathamani's background score is epic and fits well as the story progresses and so are the songs which have been shot exquisitely by cinematographer KK Senthil Kumar. Madhan Karky's dialogues are strong, bold and to the point.
In short, Baahubali: The Conclusion creates history that can never be erased.