Bahubali 2 is a cinematic extravaganza.. Period.
It is all about experiencing grandeur and acknowledging the spectacular vision of SS Rajamouli who has created a flight of fantasy possibly far surpassing the likes of Lord of the Rings and its poorer clan..
There is very little to judge here, since there is often very little room for logic.. The story seems known in parts big and small, heavily influenced by our favorite epics in Ramayana and Mahabharata.. There is a lots that is overly simplistic in the plot of ‘Rajtantra’… the fantasy is often an assault on anything to do with reasoning… The storytelling is not too convincing especially around the million dollar question, you know which one… there is absolutely no room for subtlety, everything is almost hammered down… the romance between Amarendra and Devasena is overlong.. there is way too much blood dripping all over.. and frankly the narrative here is actually a shade weaker than part one..
But it all gets overshadowed by the dazzling spectacle and the grand scale never ever seen before on Indian screens! The mother son relationship is beautifully etched and is heart warming.. Amarendra’s character is Lord Rama in so many ways and is extremely grounded.. Devasena stands tall in her convictions and pride… The strong screenplay is powered by some brilliant performances by most of the leads and there is never a dull moment! Prabhas has everything in the script backing him the most, and Rajamouli ensures that his screen presence is given the prime focus all the time, but maybe it was just me who felt that when it comes to acting prowess, he gets significantly surpassed by the brilliant Ramya Krishnan, the overpowering Anushka Shetty, the restrained Sathyaraj, and the breathtaking Rana Daggubati! To be honest, Rana’s is one of the most good looking presence on the silver screen after a long long time, I definitely want to watch him more!
I don’t remember when was the last time I saw a theatre running houseful even on the day 1 or 2, while this one is doing that consistently on day 4 even when its running 18+ shows just in one multiplex! That’s fantastic news for the business of cinema!
Well done SS Rajamouli! I am also convinced now that if anyone can even think of attempting Mahabharata, it has to be you.. We will be waiting…