Bahubali 2: The Conclusion is a well-wrapped gift from South Indian cinema

Published: May 8, 2017

PHOTO: IMDb

Bahubali 2: The Conclusion is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated movies of 2017 considering its enthralling, engaging and visually extravagant prequel Bahubali: The Beginning.

Filmmaker Srisaila Sri Rajamouli has proved his command over screenplay, direction, cinematography and storytelling with his previous films like Eega (Hindi version: Makhi), Magadheera and Bahubali: The Beginning. They are complete packages on their own, so expecting anything below average from him is totally out of the question.

Bahubali 2 begins exactly where the first instalment left off. Kattappa narrates the entire tale of the Mahishmati Empire with an introduction to Sivagami, Bahubali, Bhallal Dev, Devasena and Bijjaldeva. He then explains how Bahubali won the hearts of his people while Bhallal Dev and his father conspired against him. This ultimately results in his assassination by Katappa, his very own cover.

Prabhas in Bahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017) Photo: IMDb

From dangerous stunts to simple walks, Prabhas has proved his screen presence and acting skills in more ways than one. Bahubali is by far the most prominent role he has done, one for which he will always be remembered.

Despite the fact that he has a limited amount of dialogue in the film, Rana Daggubati who plays Bhallal Dev makes a ferocious villain, owing to his loud and clear expressions. Nassar aka Muhammad Hanif has also done an exceptional job playing the menacing Bijjaladeva. Sathyaraj, who plays Kattapa, engages in both emotional and comic scenes with some great dialogues. Ramya Krishnan and Anushka Shetty both do justice to their characters as well.

Sathyaraj in Bahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017) Photo: IMDb

For me, the main highlights of the film were the action sequences, especially the war scene where Bahubali (senior) rescues Devasena from Pindari.

The great thing about Bahubali 2 is that it ticks all the boxes:

  1. A strong narrative
  2. Well-choreographed action sequences
  3. Engaging visuals
  4. Intense emotional scenes
  5. Good music
  6. Powerful dialogue

Bahubali 2 is a very well-conceived and researched film as it combines religion with mythological and historical times.

Bahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017) Photo: IMDb

Rajamouli is considered to be one of the finest directors of Tollywood (Telugu* cinema) and he specialises in filming scenes that are otherwise hard to find in Bollywood.

The Bahubali film series will most likely be remembered many years down the lane, just like Titanic, Ben Hurr and other classic films are.

Prabhas in Bahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017) Photo: IMDb

Bahubali 2 is a two hour-45 minutes film, and surprisingly, it keeps you captivated throughout as the story unfolds. It is a brilliantly executed film so please do yourself a favour and go watch it!

*An earlier version of this blog stated the movie as Tamil cinema. The error has been fixed.

Shafiq Ul Hasan

Shafiq Ul Hasan

The author is an avid movie lover and reviews films and dramas regularly. He is a professional digital inbound marketer. He has worked with a silicon valley-based social network as a content analyst. He blogs at www.shafiqsiddiqui.com and tweets as @shafiqulhasan81 (twitter.com/shafiqulhasan81)

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  • sridhar

    S.S. Rajamouli is a Telugu director, not a Tamil director as the article mentions. Please correct it.
    ThxRecommend

  • abinash gerrard

    Tollywood is a telugu cinema not tamil. First do a good research and then write something. Good for nothing.Recommend

  • R. Subramanian

    Tollywood is Telugu Film Industry.Recommend

  • JPowers

    Tollywood is not Tamil Cinema but it’s Telugu Cinema based out of Hyderabad, India.Recommend

  • Reddy

    Tollywood (Tamil Cinema)?…no,telugu cinema,bahubali is a telugu movie …tamil industry goes by the name kollywoodRecommend

  • raj

    First half was very good… second was too stretched and over the top.. i would say Part 1 was the best one.. awesome acting and scenes exp the song where Bahu makes the girl good lookingRecommend

  • ABKhan

    Its a well wrapped gift from Hollywood and copied as usual in IndiaRecommend

  • Copycat

    lol I laughed at scenes copied from 300 spartans. Seems action scenes are copied.Recommend

  • razpor

    it iopened no 3 in us box officeRecommend

  • Haji Parmahamsa Gul

    madrasiwood is tamil cinemaRecommend

  • http://thoughtsandotherthing.blogspot.fr/2015/09/hyderabad-as-i-know-and-feel.html Supriya Arcot

    I seem to be the only one who has not watched any series of Harry Potter / Lord of the Rings / Star Wars/ and now Bahubali … and … couldn’t care less. The last series I watched was of Indiana Jones and am still smitten by it .Recommend

  • Scrutator

    What’s wrong with correcting a mistake? And how do you deduce that people trying to correct the error ‘hate pakistan’ or hate anything at all?? I haven’t read a single comment that was impolite or nasty to the reviewer!

    Ever wondered why Pakistanis all over the world make a BIG fuss about Arabic being passed off as Urdu (on Karachi street signs) in the the video game ‘Call of Duty’??

    @bharatendu_rv:disqus
    @supriyaarcot:disqus
    Don’t really know what went wrong in your making….Recommend