Bahubali 2: The Conclusion’, the long anticipated sequel to ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’, is a fabulous medley of palace politics and new age visual effects, at last revealing the much debated answer to the question ‘Why does Katappa kill Baahubali?’
SathyaRaj steals the show with his impeccable performance as the devoted Katappa, smoothly and seamlessly carrying the substantial role provided to him throughout. Audiences have enormous expectations from this established South Indian actor, and he perfectly nails the part of Army Chief of the Mahishmati kingdom.
The film starts with the character of Katappa narrating the story of Amarendra Baahubali to Mahendra Baahubali, the rightful successor to the Mahishmati throne. Both elder and younger Baahubali are god-like characters with uncanny strength, and both played by the vibrant Prabhas. The tale involves moneyed politickers, and the elder king’s romance with queen Devsena, herself a skilled and self-possessed warrior acted by Anushka Shetty.
The sibling-rivalry of the first reel pins the audience to their seats. From there the story is all about Mahendra avenging his father’s murder, and his divine stunts to save himself and his people from the evil Bhallaladeva, fluently portrayed by Rana Daggubati.
The editing and visual effects team has done a brilliant job providing the backbone for the success of the film. Despite the ostentatious sets and huge hype, the movie doesn’t compromise the storyline and punchy dialogues, and the entire cast score big in their allotted roles, displaying talents as broad and starry as a clear night sky. Director Rajamouli’s skill makes viewing much more than a suspenseful revelation. The film sets a high target for other productions which may dream big, but play safe.