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Baahubali 2 : The Conclusion Review

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion

Kattappa. Poor you.

It all started out with Baahubali : The Beginning, touted to be one of India’s biggest cinematic projects. Almost two years ago, it landed in theatres and set them on fire. Never had an epic-fantasy movie generated this much interest and acquired such critical acclaim. It came. People saw it. They left, wanting for more. And now, The Conclusion  is finally here. After a long wait, fans are elated at the re-appearance of Amahendra Baahubali (Prabhas) on the big screen. There is finally closure. An answer to the big question which has been on almost every Indian’s mind – Why did Kattappa kill Baahubali?

The Conclusion does not skimp out – grand set pieces, extravagant costumes, ample use of CGI (pertaining to today’s Indian film industry standards, pretty good), exaggerated acting performances in bits (Like most films from Tollywood. Its not a complaint, its what makes them them), a protagonist who’s near-perfect in every way, a shrewd adversary and a storyline which keeps you hooked to the screen. Throw in S.S. Rajamouli’s assured direction and you’re in for a pretty good time at the movies.

Where Baahubali 2 shines is in its ability to tell a storyline in an engaging manner. The plot is well-written, dialogues deliver punches and action sequences are astonishing.

In most cases.

They way I see it, there are 2 main reasons for this movie’s existence – provide answers to the Kattappa-Baahubali mystery and to conclude the overall storyline. The movie begins after the cliffhanger ending of The Beginning, and goes on till the grand reveal. Everything is hunky dory up until this point. What occurs next feels like an attempt to wrap up everything else haphazardly. We return to the present day. There’s a war. The end. You notice things during the climatic battle – it was not that well thought out. Or executed. Did they finally run out of budget? Who knows…

Baahubali remains an landmark achievement for Indian cinema, especially the South Indian film industry. That is, both parts. Together. On its own, The Conclusion, is a must-watch even though its not without faults.

Rating : 3/5

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