Finally, we get to know the answer. It was indeed a clever marketing technique by S.S Rajamouli and a major contributing factor to Baahubali 2 breaking all box office records. The viewers have done their share of loyalty by not dropping the spoilers. So, I guess I will do the same.
A Quick Review
The film continues after the epic bomb Kattappa (Sathyaraj) drops at the end of Baahubali: the beginning. Amarendra Baahubali (Prabhas), during his travels with Kattappa, sees warrior princess Devasena (Anushka Shetty) and falls in love with her. At the same time, Bhallaladeva (Rana Daggubati) lusts after her and he manipulates his mother Sivagami (Ramya Krishnan) into getting him married to her. Things fall apart afterwards.
Hats off to S. S Rajamouli. He has taken the technical side of Indian cinema to a whole new level.
The movie is both an artistic experience and a magnum opus with art direction, astounding visual effects and sound design. Songs and the background were not as good the predecessor. There was a bit lagging initially with unnecessary comedy and romance sequences. Kattappa has got quite a sense of humour, didn’t expect that from him. The movie outdid the predecessor in terms of plot structuring and performances though there are exaggerated elements. We have men breaking walls and metallic statues with bare hands and bodies. Some of the action sequences will make you *facepalm* However, due to the direction and performances, the film will remain with you. That is the director’s success. The main facet of this film’s success is the strong characterizations. Ramya Krishnan’s powerful performance as Sivagami, Anushka Shetty’s grace and charisma, Rana Daggubati’s suave and the compassionate nature of both Amarendra Baahubali and Kattappa. The only person who didn’t get to enjoy the show is Tamannah as Avantika. Avantika had her moments as well as setbacks in Baahubali the beginning since Sivudu enters her life. Here, she is reduced to an extra. Being the other “beautiful woman” in the film, she is constantly compared with Anushka and her importance. The film altogether is phallocentric but Avantika as a person had depth and deserves better storyline. I at least hoped for an apology from Sivudu for misbehaving with her as his father, Amarendra Baahubali’s ideology is “a man who lays his hands on a woman without her consent deserves to have his head chopped off“. So… I kept wondering how he would react???
Anushka Shetty stood out in the film, even in the presence of Prabhas, Rana and Ramya Krishnan. The look she gives after tearing the drape which she used as a shield into 2 halves is priceless. Devasena is feminine and powerful. She stands up for herself and Amarendra sticks to his promise. The image of her performing the ägniparishka” in the climax scene will haunt you some time. Sathyaraj delivered a heartbreaking portrayal in the second half. You will feel sorry for him and at the same empathise with his anger. It is something he cannot express but it has been fueling him. Nasser is fantastic though over the top at times. Prabhas did better than in the predecessor. He presented the personalities of Amarendra and Sivudu differently. Rana, however, outshined him with his expressive eyes and effortless dialogue delivery.
It is literally impossible to write a proper review without dropping spoilers. The only way in which you could enjoy this film is by watching without any prior knowledge, notably about WKKB. If you liked the first film, you will admire the majestic visual of this film better though the actions scenes are more over the top.
We witness men punch off pillars, pull out a tree and break a golden statue barely with no injuries sustained.