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

Published: May 8, 2017
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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)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • gameplanner

    Tollywood is referred for Telugu Cinema Industry and not Tamil Cinema.Bahubali is a Telugu Movie and dubbed in to Hindi and other Languages.Already collected over INR 1000 Crores in the first 10 days of releaseRecommend

  • Vajrabhairava

    Tollywood refers to Telugu Cinema, not Tamil. Anyway, good review.Recommend

  • Concard_007

    Rajamouli is considered to be one of the finest directors of Tollywood (Tamil Cinema)

    This is the reason I always say Pakistanis are ignorant about India. They don’t know jack about India and are always ready with their opinion. This guy has written entire article on Bahubali 2 movie. And he couldn’t do a simple Google search and check what Tollywood stands for. Tollywood is Telugu cinema headquartered in Hyderabad and Kollywood is Tamil Cinema headquartered in Chennai. And the director of this movie SS Rajmouli has not directed single move in Tamil. Look how one mistake has different implications.Recommend

  • Slumwood Fantacy

    Is it screening in Pakistan also?it is good to see Indian company Makuta VFX did some amazing special effects.Recommend

  • sunil kumar

    Nice review. I have watched myself 3 times, never get bored. Performance of anuska shetty, prapbhas amazing. South indian films are far better than bollywood. This is first indian film to cross 1000 crores.Recommend

  • sunil kumar

    Pakistan lolywood should learn from south india where all 4 languages have strong film industries. All major software hubs are in south india. bangalore, chennai, Hyderbad.
    Languages (kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam) kind of movies made here are copied to bollywood. its proved you don’t need large population for successful industry. all Need passion ,dedication, hard work. indian culture only seen in south films. bollwood far behind south these aspects.Recommend

  • Diya Khanna

    Not Tamil Movie!! Telugu movie!!! Rajamouli’s movies r dubbed in all south indian languages including Tamil…But Rajamouli is a Telugu Director and Baahubali movies are primarily Telugu movies but dubbed and released simultaneously in Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi Recommend

  • hp kumar

    India newsRecommend

  • Rahul Patil

    Will watch tomorrow :) Recommend

  • Pavan

    Just a small correction, Tollywood is for Telugu and Kollywood is for Tamil cinema…..Recommend

  • PSPY

    Correction to the article: Tollywood is Telugu film industry not TamilRecommend

  • Ayush

    SS Rajamouli is not a director of Tamil cinema but of Telugu cinemaRecommend

  • Reddy

    Tollywood is Telugu Cinema, not Tamil.Recommend

  • Tamil Arasan

    You are wrong bro…the movie is actually from our cousin film Industry Telugu which is also as big and as technical sound like Tamil film Industry (Tamil movie industry is called Kollywood)Recommend

  • Critical

    Just one correction.. Tollywood is Telugu Cinema and Kollywood is Tamil cinema…..

    BTW, not sure if it might be released in Pakistan as it has some serious religious undertones of Hinduism…. But it was really an engaging movie….It became the Box office No 1 in USA until Guardian of Galaxy overthrew itRecommend

  • ShockandHorror

    Contrary to the views of Shafiq Ul Hasan, an avid movie lover and film reviewer, I think that Baahubali is at best a second rate comedy. Yes it has some action sequences, but there have been many better ones in the past, in Hollywood, if not Tollywood.Recommend

  • Siva k

    Tollywood is Telugu not TamilRecommend

  • Suvarchala Ch

    Hi Tollywood means Telugu Film Industry. Not Tamil. Telugu is spoken by 2 states in Southern India. Bahubali1 and 2 are made by Telugu Film Industry.Recommend

  • Suvarchala Ch

    Baahubali is from Telugu Film Industry of South. Also called Tollywood. It is incorrectly stated as Tamil.Recommend

  • Tight Patloon

    Why we cannot comment through facebook now?? It was funRecommend

  • Phani

    Tollywood is not Tamil cinema, it is Telugu cinemaRecommend

  • 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

  • angrybird

    lol.. then why dont you copy?
    India has more than enough epics and subjects.. and its just a beginningRecommend

  • Copycat

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

  • Sheraz

    The writer makes one small mistake and people are jumping on him. Good thing there are still a few sensible people who appreciated the actual review. If you hate Pakistan so much then why bother coming to a Pakistani site?Recommend

  • Kulbhushan Yadav

    So Hollywood has a Katappa too??? Naah.Recommend

  • Duniya Hasan

    The movie poster is copied of “Ong Bak 2: The Beginning” a famous Thailandi film series. Recommend

  • Bharatendu

    I sincerely apologize on behalf of my graceless countrymen for harping on the Tamil-Telugu error in this article by a Pakistani author. You’d be surprised to know that many (most?) Indians from the North themselves wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between these two languages.Recommend

  • razpor

    he made another mistake,rajamouli is not cosidered finest just in telugu cinema but entire indian cinema,baahubali has strengthened this even further.Recommend

  • razpor

    it iopened no 3 in us box officeRecommend

  • KK

    Small. Correction – Kannada movie industry is really weak. It’s not in league. True of others, perticularly Telugu and Tamil.Recommend

  • Haji Parmahamsa Gul

    madrasiwood is tamil cinemaRecommend

  • Jayakiran Pagadala

    “What is South Indian Cinema”? Is there something called North Indian Cinema?. Recommend

  • 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

    Your rant sounds like:
    “Why so much harping against rape? honestly, I cannot control my own urge”

    Correcting a misstatement is not graceless! Reveling in ignorance is!!Recommend

  • Scrutator

    Correcting a misstatement is not graceless! Reveling in ignorance is!! Proudly proclaiming your ignorance makes you sound almost bigoted!!!

    And why do you feel the need to apologize on someone’s behalf that don’t really care for your indulgence? You can totally fawn and prostrate on your own slavish volition!!!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