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SS Rajamouli Sets Cinema Standards Highest, Thanks For Demolishing The Monopoly!

Movie – Bahubali 2 : The Conclusion

Director- Srisaila Sri Rajamouli alias SS Rajamouli

Music- M.M. Keeravani

Camera- KK Senthil Kumar

Story- KV Vijyendra Prasad

Star Cast- Prabhas, Rana Duggubati, Satyharaj, Tamannaah, Anushka Shetty, Ramya Krishna, Nassar 

Movie Review:- The memes and jokes on social media come to an end which hysterically took on the internet awaiting the much celebrated question of the Babubali- the beginning, that why did Katappa kill Bahubali? Bahubali 2- the Conclusion has so far broken all the records on the box office as it passed the mark of nearly 600 crores earnings, leaving Aamir Khan’s PK behind within a week after the worldwide release. 

Mahindra Bahubali alias Bahu (Prabhas) struggles against the Dharma of a king and the kingdom (Mahishmati), trapped in political turmoil instrumented and maneuvered by his elder brother Bhallal Dev (Rana Duggubati), who was number two in the empire Mahishmati. Despite being elder, he was chosen to stay away from the throne. The good guy Bahubali talks about political correctness, righteousness, equality and Dharma, going against his mother Shivgami Devi, who favored her younger son because of his mettle and ability to think witty on the war field. His valour on celluloid is unmatchable. Every time he swung his majestic arms holding the sword, wearing traditional uniform of a king teamed up with golden pair of kundal in ears and a mark of half-moon on his forehead, put the energy level of the theatre at its peak. The character of Bahubali explicitly and primarily portrays a man of higher moral standards, then a mighty king of the Mahishmati Kingdom. The reign of Mahishmati vows to the greatest emperor even after he was dethroned by Shivgami Devi in the wake of him supporting Devsena, the queen of a princley state and love of Mahendra Bahubali, revolting against the will of his mother to detain and imprison Devasena.

Prabhash’s Hindi voice-over is done by Sharad Kelkar. His dialogue delivery is highly impressive. 

SS Rajamouli has done the screenplay of the film. The story is brilliantly written by his father KY Vijyendra Prasad, who has also written Bajrangi Bhaijaan. The other casts have marked their best appearance on the screen. Rana Duggubati, in the role of Bhallal Dev, has maintained not to overdo the role of an evil. His cunning and janus-faced expressions while talking to his mother is noticeable. His gigantic physique suits his character. Apart from the skirmishes between Bahubali and Bhallal Dev in the first part, the final bout in Babubali-2 between them makes the audience stand on their feet due to the intensity. The epic fight scene is well-shot. Injured Prabhas and Rana look like a rock in the fight scene.

The two lionesses of the movie, Shivgami (Ramya Krishna) and Devasena (Anushka Shetty) have been given almost equal screen times in comparison to other characters, due to their influence of the duo on the celluloid. After a very a long time, Rajamouli emerged as one of those rare Indian directors who broke the monotonous saga of masculinity, dominating a female role in the reel. Devasena as a warrior impresses with her moves on horse, archery and bold attitude to face the Mahishmati Queen Shivgami. In one scene, Bahubali teaches Devsena about the skillset of archery with three bows a time, it wins heart of the theatre.  Shivgami aggression dominates the male characters in her presence.  She possesses more a stubborn and egoistic queen, rather an empathetic mother who orders Katappa(Sathyaraj) to kill Bahubali because of his growing stature, eventually becoming a threat for Bhallal Dev’s throne. Katappa, undoubtedly, is a pivotal role in the Conclusion. He makes you laugh. He makes you cry. Sathyaraj acting has been the backbone of Bahubali-2. Whatever said about him is less than what he did. His role will be remembered till decades to come. 

The awestruck Visual effect, the VFX, part was no less than any Hollywood movie. The film has already won accolades all across the world due to its VFX. More than 33 Indians studios and 10 international studios were combined for the special effects. The gigantic rocks of Mahishmati kingdom, animals, people, crowd, boats, castles and huge walls were Computer Generated Imagery (CGI). The Roto artists have played their role with sheer efficiency. However, few scenes are highly exaggerated. Stiil, much were not overdone. The precise detailing of every scene is a salute to the absolute excellence of the VFX team of Bahubali-2.

Cinematography by K.K. Senthil Kumar is definitely one of the strongest pillars behind the success. He shot the movie in a great composition. The costumes are chosen perfectly. Devasena’s attire attracts the most. The background score will give you goose bumps. The thud and bass of Prabhas’ entry is outstanding. The songs appeal the audience in the theatre.

To sum up, Bahubali-2 is bigger than what we had ever thought of. SS Rajamouli has set the cinema standards higher for any conventional Bollywood director. He has managed to kick the monopoly of Bollywood which was a much-needed break for Indians fans, who had been waiting for a movie like Bahubali-2. So many things are going to be written for the success of Bahubali-2 in the upcoming days or weeks. There would be some self-acclaimed critique who will be criticizing the film for its exaggerated scenes and valour on screen, but the fact is that Bahubali-2 has revolutionized the Indian cinema and we may witness the golden era of Indian cinema back soon.

S.S Rajamouli’s magnum opus “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” has successfully surpassed Aamir Khan’s “Dangal” at the US box-office with earnings over $12.6 million so far and counting.

According to Great India Films, the US distributor of “Baahubali 2”, the film minted $12.6 million as of Wednesday, officially surpassing life-time earnings of $12.3 million of ‘Dangal’.

“Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” has also officially become the highest grossing Indian film at the US box-office.

By TIS Staffer
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