|Directed by||S. S. Rajamouli|
|Screenplay by||S. S. Rajamouli|
|Story by||K. V. Vijayendra Prasad|
|Music by||M. M. Keeravani|
|Cinematography||K. K. Senthil Kumar|
|Edited by||Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Vincent Tabaillon (International Version)
I watched the movie on the 2nd May 2017, and i was totally blown away. After the first movie aroused my interest in the happenings of the second film, i went in with really high expectations, and they were all met.
S S Rajamouli is a great story teller. He infuses so much of passion into Baahubali 1 & 2 that it is almost unthinkable, to even imagine how such a film got made. There were times i stared at the screen and thought to myself, being exposed to Hollywood and similar type fantasy movies, S S Rajamouli still made my jaw drop.
Do watch the first film for a refresher if you haven’t watched it in a while, it will make all the proceedings flow much better in the second film. I thoroughly enjoyed the back story, i found myself with lumps in my throat unexpectedly. The story is beautiful and relayed to us in such style. the special effects need special mention, they are amazing. The camera shots, panning between superb sceneries and backdrops are really something else. Ashutosh Gowariker could have learnt a lot from this movie for Mohenjo Daro.
Anushka Shetty as Devasena was breath taking. Seeing her as an old woman in the first film and then here as young, strong lass is just inspiring. She carries her role brilliantly, she doesn’t let down. Her character is consistent and doesn’t bow down for anyone. A real antithesis to Tamannah’s character in the first film. Prabhas shines, the two characters he plays are clearly distinguishable; his character progression for both his parts are commendable. The scene in the court where Devasena is on trial literally had me jumping in my seat. Prabhas carried it out with such panache. Tamannah is in this film too but relegated to nothing much really. She only has one line in the entire sequel. What we might have missed from Tamannah’s character, Anushka Shetty completely fulfills in this sequel. In the beginning of the first film, we see Ramya Krishnan saving a baby heroically; the build up to that part in the sequel is also brilliantly carried out by her. The lady that played Devasena’s mother looks so much like yesteryears Rajshree (V. Shantaram’s daughter). I almost thought it was her. Rana Daggubhati was also top notch and his character progression also stunned.
The music resonated better with me after i watched the film. It gelled well with the film, and i still stand with my opinion that more elaborated raag’s would have taken the music to stupendous heights. M. M. Kreem really stands out in the background score. It gave the scenes an ethereal feel, and even took it’s emotional quotient a notch higher. The song picturisations of Soja Zara And Veeron Ke Veer are superb. I loved it. The beginning of Soja Zara bears a similar sound to Panchadhara Bomma Bomma from Maghadheera.
I have watched the hindi dub of the movie at a Ster Kinekor cinema, and it was a geat experience. The Hindi dub has been done well. I would have loved to have watched the original Telegu version to get the full emotional content, but only the Hindi and Tamil dubs were released here in South Africa
The entire team has done well. Congratulations for the superb collections, it is well deserved. I am now eagerly awaiting the Blu Ray release.