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There is drama in a film and then there is grand drama. In the latter, the story matters even less. It is the scale, the action, the special effects that the film is shooting for and achieves.Read more
You could have told me this is Bahubali – The Beginning's trailer and I would have believed you. Sure, some of it can be blamed to my poor memory but a lot of it can be attributed to the same sets, cinematography, romance, dance and love for action.
The trailer doesn't even take a shot at showing us the sequel's conflict or cliffhanger. It is just happy with the exotic nature of it all. I am gearing up to see more of the same, while still hoping that it is not.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Each frame of the film is exquisite - each one grand enough for you to stare at and admire for a long time. For that reason alone, Bahubali 2 could make for a theater watch – especially if all you want to consume, is the scale. For the rest of us though, who want story, minimal coherence, etc, we have no business loitering around in the general area where this film is playing.
all the screen time is taken over by dramatic slo-mo entry and loud background music.
The latter part of the audience, meanwhile can amuse themselves by playing, “Which profile picture defines Bahubali (Prabhas) better? The one of him dreamily sitting on a tree or the majestic one on a throne or the one with him fighting the enemy's army with a tree trunk.” In the first half, you could also ponder over questions like, “Why did Kattappa (Sathyaraj) not get killed by Bahubali in episode 1?” Yeah, he annoys that bad.
However, the first half also takes a step towards showing women as strong characters. The action sequences don't sexualise Devsena (Anushka Shetty), but are rather matter-of-factly. Also, both the women, Devsena and Sivagami (Ramya Krishnan) – right or wrong – hold their ground. In fact, it is ironical that a film that is mostly set in a time before Bahubali – The Beginning, the women are treated with a lot more respect than they were by the next generations. The eve-teasing bit is given a solid, brash treatment that it deserves too. However, as the film tries to patch its way to “The Beginning”, you wonder what ever happened to the valiant, warrior princess
In all other ways though, the film continues what it starts in the first installment. Lots of action, so much so that by the end, the clinking of swords seems like background score. Some of it is brutal, even if done artistically or even lyrically. Unfortunately, it gently slides into amusing and then ludicrous. Look at any tree or animal around you and push your wilde imagination to use it as a weapon of mass destruction! The romance continues too, where clouds double as horses and flowers, soldiers turn into dancers and so on.
That is all you expected from this film and that is what you get in abudnance. The actors join in, in the continuity with Ramya Krishnan as “She who doesn't blink” and Prabhas who is equally determined and passionate whether he is a noble warrior or a make-shift engineer. The expressions don't change. Rana Daggubati and Sathyaraj need add no new dimension to their character either. The only refereshing change is that of Anushka Shetty.
This is of course, because the screenplay demands little variation. Bahubali has a broad Mahabharat-esque story. But without any of its complexities. Because all the screen time is taken over by dramatic slo-mo entry and loud background music. There isn't much room to bring in nuances and unfortunately, neither did the makers feel the need.
But that is for the handful in the audience like me. The visuals are mesmerizing. You get an inkling of the scale as the censor board certificate is followed by an endless list of partners. The patient wait for the film to actually begin is well worth it. The opening credit sequence itself made me wish I had opted for the IMAX tickets, even if it was double the price. As I saw the film progress, I didn't think I would have regretted the decision, though I didn't mind saving the ₹250 – because ultimately, the want for a solid story always dominates.
the women are treated with a lot more respect than they were by the next generations.
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ps: I watched the version dubbed in Hindi.
- meeta, a part of the audience
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Thumbs up, by Suhani Singh , india today : ... The finale, featuring the uncle and nephew battling it out in Gladiator style, has a few awe-inspiring moments even as the conclusion is already known.... full review
Thumbs up, by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi : ...There’s comic relief in these portions and it’s amazing how the writers have moulded Katappa’s otherwise tough and dutiful character to funny antics here.... full review
Thumbs up, by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror : ...Given the cinematic benchmark the first part set, managing the same visual treat was a Herculean task. But the biggest victory for the film's VFX team is that their work is barely visible here.... full review
Thumbs up, by Rajeev Masand, News18.com : ...Devsena, in fact, is a crucial player in the new film, a skilled warrior and, admirably, a fiery feminist who won’t let others make life decisions for her.... full review
Thumbs up, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ...There are times Baahubali shows the strain of expectation, especially in the second half’s doddering pace, lacklustre combat and excessive, unconvincing use of VFX but when it communicates from a place of heart, it moves and enthralls. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Udita Jhunjhunwala, Scroll.in : ...The action moves smoothly, even though the songs do slow down the narrative. You hardly feel the 171-minute running time, nor do you tire of seeing Prabhas and Anushka Shetty on the screen. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Meena Iyer, Times of India : ... Baahubali has been sketched out as such a symbol of strength and power that he makes you root for him throughout. Prabhas is terrific as father and son. ... full review
So-So, by Dipanjan Sinha, Hindustan Times : ...There is a lot more in this fairytale world: A new city where Baahubali meets his future wife Devsena (Anushka Shetty), splendid views of a moonlit war ... full review
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Thumbs down, by Anna MM Vetticad, FirstPost : ...The proportion of the ingredients has been changed though, with myth and socially regressive themes being scaled down, family politics being scaled up, and the decibel levels being raised by several notches.... full review
YasmineDiiz_: Baahubali 2 is so so goooddddd
sujatagrk: Bahubali 2 camera is stellar. Prabas tremendous. Anushka is heavenly. Rana is tremendous. Ramyakrishna phenomenal. Our Satayaraj A 1.
Srimathumitha: Bahubali 2!!! What a masterpiece! A beautiful epic sculpted painstakingly to take audience on a fantasy ride!!! Salute to @ssrajamouli sir!
realindianshady: Just saw Bahubali 2, one word, GRAND!!
Poojapa63679047: Bahubali movie is awesome & Bahubali 2 movie also awesome
navina2906: Bahubali 2 was super duper awesomeeee
jenxoxo26: Baahubali 2 was worth the wait !
ImSana18: Watched Bahubali 2! India's biggest film for a reason! What a perfect film. #prabhas #Anushka @RanaDaggubati @meramyakrishnan @ssrajamouli
Deepak4000Yadav: Ek baar se dil nahi bhrta shab ek baar aur dekhenge bahubali 2 .. amazing movie 5 ✡ rating awesome @prabha
beingsiva_: Baahubali 2 was a awesome experience.
bala_murugan_g: No words on ur acting in bahubali 2.. @Me_Prabhas
AchuAkshay: Baahubali 2 - The Conclusion ❤️ Worth it!
Want to Watch, by raj : Let's watch and then only comment.
Yay! Thumbs Up, by ADORN : Must watch
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Anuj
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Chintan Mehta : 4* or 8/10
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Fan : Saas bhi kabhi Bahubali thi.
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Neelam : Great Movie..
Yay! Thumbs Up, by prasanth surapaneni : Five Stars
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Sagar
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Sarah : 90
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