Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Baahubali - The Conclusion: A Perfect Masala Entertainer With Ingredients Right From Manmohan Desai to Karan Johar

Finally comes a movie that seizes "The Greatest Story Ever Told" tagline from Sholay and mind you it is not a mainstream bollywood movie helmed by Aamir, Shahrukh or Salman. It is none other than S.S. Rajamouli's Magnum opus Baahubali.

  • Prabhas as Amarendra Baahubali and Mahendra Baahubali alias Shivudu (Shiva in Hindi and Shivu in Tamil)
  • Rana Daggubati as Bhallala Deva
  • Anushka Shetty as Devasena
  • Ramya Krishnan as Rajmata Sivagami
  • Sathyaraj as Kattappa
  • Tamannaah as Avanthika
  • Nassar as Bijjaladeva
  • Subbaraju as Kumara Varma

Baahubali - The conclusion released world-wide in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. It became first Indian film to worldwide gross in excess of 500 crore (5 billion) in all languages in just three days.

Similar to the prequel Baahubali - The Beginning, this continuation of the grand fiction tale has breathtaking action sequences, top rate background score, superb performances and world class animation and special effects.

But more than the special effects what makes Baahubali special is the drama at its core. This is wonderful piece of storytelling with very powerful screenplay. There are hardly any moments where viewers get any time to blink their eyelids. Songs are limited but very nicely vowen into the narrative.

Prabhas stands tall and delivers a solid performance, he is equally matched by Rana Daggubati who plays the antagonist. Anushka Shetty, Ramya Krishnan and Sathyaraj have performed their part with grace and poise. By now the characters played by these actors have become very popular, legendry and subject of common household discussions. This itself is a testimony of the hardwork, focus and detailing done by the director on each and every aspect of the movie.

There are hardly any shortcomings, the only time when the viewers start to get a bit impatient is that portion of the first half when Baahubali meets Devsena. Here too the intent of the director is to insert some light moments of fun and romance. Once these sequences are done the story moves very fast.

There are multiple reasons why you should watch Baahubali - The Conclusion. You may watch it because you loved the first part Baahubali - The Beginning, or you may watch it for S.S. Rajamouli's brilliance as a story teller, or you may watch it for its larger than life canvas and the superb special effects. The list goes on and on because this magnum opus has a lot to offer. It has got everything that we have watched and cheerished so far, right from Manmohan Desai's Coolie to Karan Johar's Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gum. My recommendation is to watch it for the drama, watch it for the dialogues, watch it for the seeti maar sequences and above all watch it for all the Indian-ness in the narrative. It doesn't get bigger than this. A perfect masala entertainer, go have a blast!


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