– Dinesh Ravichandiran

Baahubali – The Pinnacle of Commercial Cinema

How often we see a movie that caters to Pan India, and how often is a movie ups the ante with respect to its expectation quotient. Baahubali – The conclusion, is that kind of a movie that managed to set a sky high expectation for itself through the first part and the sequel exceeds the expectation set by the prequel. Rajamouli’s Baahubali is big in every term, right from the word ‘GO’. The duration of a movie has become one of the key factor to its success, and often it is the most difficult part to decide on the right amount of time needed to visualize the filmmaker’s vision. At almost 172 minutes, the movie hits the right chords almost the entire duration barring some minor hiccups, and leaves us in awe by its sheer scale.

The conclusion deals with the rise of Amarendra Baahubali, and his tryst with the kingdom of Maahismathi. After that sweet victory over the Kalakeyas, Sivagami announces that Baahubali would be new King to Maahismathi, and before he takes up the mantle, Sivagami directs Baahubali to go on a trip outside Kingdom and be among the common people. On this journey, Baahubali happens to see Devasena, the Princess of a relatively smaller kingdom of Kuntala, and falls head over heels in love. Eventually, he wins her heart, but as the fate had its own plan, series of events follow which leads to Baahubali losing his crown to Bhallaladeva, but marries his love. The rest of the story forms the crux of ‘Why Kattappa Killed Baahubali’ and how Mahendra Baahubali, his son reclaims Maahismathi.

The most beautiful thing about Baahubali is its characters, each one of them, the way they have been sketched, and the way the people who played those characters oozed life that leaves a lasting streak. Baahubali, Bhallaladeva, Sivagami, Devasena, Kattapa, Bijjaladeva – transports us to their world of romance, betrayal, friendship, royalty and what not. They make us laugh and cry along with them and this connect is the biggest success of the Baahubali as a franchise.

Prabhas breathed his life as Baahubali. He is regal, macho and lives as Amarendra Baahubali. Rana Daggubati is mighty, Ramya Krishna is majestic as Sivagami, Anushka is beautiful and has a bigger role in this part and her portrayal of Devasena is splendid. Sathyaraj, the erstwhile Kattappa is stunning and simply rocks along with the powerhouse Nasser, the every cunning Bijjaladeva.

The movie constantly has its moments, right from that grand introduction scene, followed by the hunting episode, the war in Kuntala desam, and that Goosebump-filled Interval bang. The second half drags at few places, but the penultimate face-off between Baahu and Bhalla makes up for other hiccups and ends with a Bang. Rajamouli connects all dots seamlessly and engages the audience almost for the entire duration, and the visual brilliance and grandeur that has been executed on a mammoth scale would want us to view this spectacle againand again.

The camera, the VFX, the costumes, the set – everything is blended perfectly, and more importantly the outstanding BGM by MM Keeravani which will makes the audience feel that they are indeed travelling with the life and times of Baahubali.

Baahubali, on its sheer brilliance shown by Rajamouli in executing at a gargantuan scale, without losing out on the emotion that connectswith all audience has hit the Pinnacle, when it comes to commercial cinema. The success will surely pave way for many more experiments, the blockbuster collections this movie going to make will expand the market for other movies, but more importantly the phenomena that is set by Rajamouli will stay forever. A S.S. Rajamouli movie that is Epic in every possible way.