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Cast: Prabhas, Rana Daggubatti, Anushka Shetty, Tamannah Bhatia, Ramya Krishnan, Nasser & Satyaraj
Story: Vijayendra Prasad
Dialogues: C H Vijay Kumar & Ajay Kumar (Telugu)
Music: M M Keeravani
Editing: Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Cinematography: K K Senthil Kumar
Producer: Arka Media Works
Screenplay & Direction: S S Rajamouli
Finally, the most awaited Indian movie of the year, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, is out and the madness surrounding the movie seems unexplainable and unmatchable. Why did Kattappa kill Baahubali? The reason is, ah no, let me not reveal it here but instead leave you to get the answer from the cinema halls.
Let us not find out what the story offers to the audience in this section as the visual extravaganza and the storyline needs to be found out and enjoyed in theatres. However, the movie is more than a paisa-vasool experience for its various technical highlights in the movie.
Screenplay: Screenplay is the major highlight of the movie which doesn't lag any bit. Hero elevation sequences are at its pinnacle and goosebumps are felt at many instances. Scene writing and knitting of sequences makes the audience look forward to the subsequent proceedings as the same doesn't cause any boredom.
Dialogues: Crisp, neat and at times, connecting. There are no over-the-top dialogues but still commands cheerful responses from the audience.
Editing: Sharp editing with smooth transitions. Scenes doesn't jump from one to another abruptly though the backdrop, colour combination and lighting varies between two connecting scenes - thanks to the editor for a commendable job.
Cinematography: KK Senthil Kumar deserves a special mention as it's his cinematography which shows the grandeur in an even bigger scale than it actually is. Arial shots of two kingdoms, low angle shot of the protagonist or rendition of Devasena's beauty on screen; every single scene captivates the mood and attention of audience. This movie would take Senthil to places, courtesy - his quality output.
VFX: Right from the titling to the climax which includes the magical work in songs and in action sequences, the effort put in by the VFX team is pretty evident. However, a couple of sequences seem a bit patchy and gives a feeling that the same could have been rendered better.
Music: Soul of the movie, M M Keeravani. Songs at right places are to be decided by the director while songs with right mix and blending them in tandem with the script, is the job of a music director and this legendary music director has won hands down.
If Saahore song makes you smile because of its heroic composition, then Dandalayya might move you into tears for its powerful composition. Background music alone conveys right emotions and adds a major booster to the sequences and stands parallel to the performances of the actors.
Performances: It's hard to pick out the best from the whole pack as it seemed to be a jugalbandi of sorts between actors. Satyaraj as Kattappa has delivered a refined performance complemented by his experience. Though he has not dubbed for the Telugu version of the movie, his facial expressions and body language suiting the timeline has been showcased extremely well.
Nasser, he makes you laugh and he makes you angry! Characterization has been rightly justified by his acting skills and, one gets a feeling that Bijjala Deva is a modern Shakuni.
After Padayappa, this is definitely the best character Ramya Krishnan has portrayed. If her acting prowess weighs a ton then her expression through eyes weighs another ton. Be it her facial expressions, her intensity or her voice modulation, Sivagami, at times overshadows every single character of the movie.
Nothing much about Avantika aka Tamannaah as she hardly appears in two frames.
Devasena is beautiful, courageous, wise and brave. Of course, same are the qualities expected out a girl who wishes to marry Amarendra Bahubali. Anushka gets a meaty role and she has gone the extra mile to squeeze out every bit of the obtained opportunity.
Evil can't get evil anymore. If at all the same happens, then it can be named as Bhallala Deva. His might, his hunger for power, his greed and his malevolent nature makes his a perfect antagonist. Subtle expressions from Rana and his intents show what a mighty performer this hunk is.
For the man who dedicated 5 years of his life, for the man who thought nothing apart from Baahubali, this success is not too huge and he deserves every bit of it. Prabhas appears a hero not just in the movie, but in the eyes of the kids who throng theatres.
He is a performer who can convey loads of emotions without appealing through his muscular strength. One cannot think of any possible star apart from Prabhas for the movie for his all-round exceptional performance.
Direction: S S Rajamouli, the name which appears initially on the title card and the stamp which marks at the end. It's the stamp of the ace director not just on the movie, but on Telugu cinema. Superstar Rajinikanth had once said that SS Rajamouli would be the biggest technician of Indian cinema and with the Bahubali series, the dynamic director proved the Superstar right in all sense.
This man knows how to set camera angles, what VFX composition needs to be in place and what dynamics need to applied to make a shot look near perfect. He seem to have known the pulse of the audience and yes, he is a winner!
Highlight: Interval Bang - goosebumps overload throughout the scene.
Downside: Action sequences (if logic is used!).
Final Verdict: A sure shot blockbuster at the box office and a neat entertainer for the audience. And more than anything, a movie experience for a lifetime!