The South Bank Review Winter 2017 | Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
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Baahubali 2: The Conclusion

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Its back, the highly anticipated conclusion to S. S. Rajamouli’s epic fantasy, Baahubali: The Beginning. After the success of his first film released in 2015, critics and audience were left to wonder if it was possible to top this medley of politics, romance and grandeur.

The ending of the first movie leaves us hanging off of a cliff, or in this case a mountain. After a lengthy hike, we see loyal servant & friend Katappa (Sathyaraj) reluctantly pierce his sword through the heart of his adored prince, Amarendra Baahubali (Prabhas). Marking the end of his reign and the beginning of a new era. One ruled by Amarendra’s evil younger brother, Bhallaladeva (Rana Daggubati).

The first half of the 3 hour visual extravaganza rewinds back to the past, making this more of a prequel than a sequel. Each scene answers all your questions, filling the blank spaces you’ve stored away in the back of your mind. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion showcases a fun element that the previous part didn’t have too much off. Devasena (Anushka Shetty) is restored to her former glory as the beautiful warrior princess of Kuntala Kingdom and through Amarendra’s pursuit of Devasena we are graced with shots of streets paved with gold and the sound of Krishna Kanhaiya’s flute.

However, Amarendra and Devasena’s passion for each other hurts his mother Sivagami (Ramya Krishnan) deeply when Baahu (which she calls him lovingly) refuses to choose his throne over his love, whom she had already promised to Bhallaladeva thus making her look powerless. This choice of his determines everything that takes place hereonafter, resulting in his death and reincarnation through the birth of his son Shivudu (Prabhas). The very son whom Sivagami carried with one hand through the rivers of Mahishmati while pierced in the back with an arrow shot by her own flesh and blood, in the hope that she would save the child’s life and one day her kingdom.

The drama and shock factor in this movie has an infallible effect on the audience, myself included! But what really makes this movie a Blockbuster sensation is the artists. Prabhas himself had to follow a strict regime of two different diets to achieve the desired body for his double role, including heavy weight training and eating eight to nine meals a day. Ramya Krishnan’s portrayal of Rajmatha Sivagami in particular was spectacular. The powerful presence she managed to create as a woman in power amongst dominant men was worthy of acknowledgement and praise.

Rajmouli has put on a truly unforgettable show alongside his masterful use of CGI and VFX to bring his vision to life on screen and  giving the audience the happy ending they so longed for with Shivudu slaughtering the evil Bhallaldeva and restoring Mahishmati Kingdom to its former glory with his mother, Devasena by his side. Viewers all over the world will surely miss ‘India’s BIGGEST Blockbuster Ever’.

All hail Baahubali.

 

Emma Nazar
nazare@lsbu.ac.uk

Emma Nazar has always been an avid reader and writer. She has an evident individual writing style which consists of a little flair and a lot of sass, and she believes this transfers to all compartments of her life. She has a great interest in the best kinds of fashion and food. Keep up with her @emma.nazar or emmanazar.blog