” Fantasy, if it’s really convincing, can’t become dated, for the simple reason that it represents a flight into a dimension that lies beyond the reach of time.”
– Walt Disney
Roughly two years ago, visionary filmmaker SS Rajmouli introduced to the world the fictional and fascinating kingdom of Mahishmati, where every character had her/his own iniquitous intentions.
Ambitiously mounted and breathtakingly captured, Baahubali-The Beginning ended with a cliffhanger which soon became a question of national concern.
The first part was a Telugu film that had released in Hindi in North India.
The second part is an Indian film that the entire world has been waiting for with bated breaths. It’s a film that has the potential to put India on the global map.
As the concluding part finally unfolds on the celluloid, the mystery lingering around for years is finally unraveled.
Unfolding in flashback, this saga now narrates the audiences the tale of Baahubali, his empire, his dominion, his inamorata and his adversaries.
Since the earlier film is still very much searingly etched in almost everyone’s consciousness, the second one sucks you in its drama and characters right from the word go.
Employing the eye-watering camerawork of K. K. Senthil Kumar, astounding action sequences by as many as 23 stunt artists and visually striking and mesmerizing VFX by at least 42 technicians, Rajmouli pours both heart and soul to this gigantic period drama,brimming with hardcore action and ample doses of bloodshed and battering.
For those looking for some tenderness, there’s enough charm and innocence in the way the romance between Prabhas and Anushka Shetty (Devasena) unfurls.
A heady cocktail of subterfuge, the lust for power, sweeping romance and blood-spattered war, Bahubali-The Conclusion rides high on the soaring and compelling performances of its key actors.
Donning a dual role, Prabhas commands a magnetic screen presence and is equally effective in his romantic moments. His five years of drudgery and devotion to this historic character is effectively reflected on the screen.
Rana, meanwhile, with that frightening persona, those tree-trunk biceps and bulging eyes, make Bhallaldeva perfectly despicable.
Sathyaraj as Katappa is a complexed character to decipher. His loyalties towards Baahubali are unshakable, yet he’s compelled to deceive his own master. Weighed down by guilt and distraught by shame, the actor makes his regret and remorse fully palpable.
As for the ladies, all the three key actors are expectedly magnificent. Be it the vicious Rama Krishnan, the effervescent Tammanah Bhatia, who creates a perfect blend of allure and anger or the effervescent Anushka Shetty, who has a smoldering persona and a certain piquancy that charm you immediately.
Over 2 hours and 47 minutes long, this monumental cinematic experience never bores or weighs you down with its arduous length as the narrative keeps you glued till the 167th minute.
After the last reel of Baahubali-The Beginning unfolded, the entire nation had one query in mind- Why Katappa killed Baahubali ?
As The Concluding Part culminates, the entire nation would have two – Will there be Baahubali 3 and when will Indian Cinema produce a sweeping saga of such scale, magnitude and grandeur again ?