Yesterday when I entered the cinemas it was buzzing with activity after a long-long time, the serpentine queues, the people waiting, the rush at the food counter and the restrooms. I guess it’s the true testimony of the fact that there was a huge positivity about Bahubali. There was not a single seat empty for even a 6.30 pm show.
And then the spectacular visual treat began; the movie had me at hello- so to say!! The opening sequence set the tone for the movie and must add it kept getting bigger, better and meaner. The plot is the classic sibling rivalry and the machiavellian ways of the Royal Kingdom of Maheshmati. But the credit must be given to the director for not letting the viewer feel bored or inattentive even for a minute in this 3 hour long epic saga.
The sets, costumes and emotions were 2*(Sanjay Leela Bhansali), the battle scenes and the methods shown were edge of the seat extravaganza. The gravity defying, engineering ideas are seen to be believed. Yes sometimes it did seem impossible but having grown up watching things far worse who’s complaining. The Bull Run, the Coronation, the Battle sequences can give any Hollywood movies run for its money.
But the movie belonged to Bahubali- Prabhas: the sheer strength, physicality and masculinity that he oozes is commendable. It’s impossible to imagine anyone else other than him as Bahubali. The supporting cast of the plot be it Anoshka Shetty as Devsena, Rana Daggubati as Bhalaldeva , Ramya as Shivgami and the indomitable Kattappa lifts the movie with their presence and acting prowess.
Only thing that doesn’t work (if it matters) like its prequel is the music maybe the movie of this scale need a Music Director only like A.R. Rahman.
No I am not going to reveal why Kattappa killed Bahubali for that whatsapp clip is already doing the rounds. Go watch the movie and get transported to The Kingdom of Maheshmati!!