As we know from the first part, Bahubali is the good guy, the rightful heir to the throne, and will save his kingdom from the evil Bhallala, come what may. But caught up in the excitement of their new lives, Geoff and Drake fail to see the hidden dangers that surround them. But what took our breath away in 2015 is same old in 2017. The clash between Bahubali Prabhas and Bhallala Rana Dagubatti is the fulcrum around which the film revolves. His story is juxtaposed with past events that unfolded in the Mahishmati Kingdom. Tamannah excelled as a dream girl.
Yes, it is bigger, but it is not better. Determined to protect her, her parents ask three fairies to raise her in hiding. He plays Bahubali, he of great strength, with as much verve and vigour as in the first part. Only in some places when the battle scenes and the fighting is choreographed beautifully and with great energy do you sit up and watch with interest. And the reason is clear: Sequelitis. Baahubali The Conclusion comes to life only intermittently.
Together, they soon face challenges that turn them into heroes. 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. Artistic impression, music score, cinematography avalanche, waterfall , costume design, war and acting have excelled. South Indian Film Industry has advanced to the point of matching Hollywood or even exceeded in some respects, like reasonable cost of production. Not just the background music but the pitch at which the declamatory dialogues are delivered is deafening: there were times I felt like closing my ears. 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. I was blown away by the sheer confidence and the conviction of the film-making.
I enjoyed the first part enormously. . Could have been given more in the flashback as a Maharani. The regal queen Sivagami Ramya is as commanding as ever, presiding over the fate of the two men, as well as the fiery princess Devasena Anushka Shetty. Prabhas and Rana have great physique to display.
And it feels much louder. The first time around the hijinks that Rajamouli created were astonishing, both in terms of scale and setting and story telling. . . .
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