Action, spice and everything nice, these were the ingredients chosen to create the perfect movie. But director SS Rajamouli (not so accidentally) added an extra ingredient to the concoction—VFX. Thus, Baahubali was born. Using his extraordinary strength Baahubali dedicated his life to fighting evil. And Gravity!
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion begins with flashbacks to the time of Amarendra Baahubali, father of our protagonist Mahendra Baahubali. After the war, Mahismati is awaiting the coronation of their beloved prince and the audience is awaiting the answer to the biggest question of the decade, “Kattappa ne Baahubali ko kyu maara? (Why did Kattappa kill Baahubali?)”. The question is finally answered after a long and incredible two hours of romantic melodrama and gravity-defying but brilliantly choreographed action sequences. The film no doubt is a visual treat and it never for once fails to amaze the audience. But here are a few reasons why I found the film overrated.
1. A Weak Plot
Baahubali 2 is more of a prequel as it traces the life of Amarendra Baahubali who was a rightful heir to the throne of Mahismati, but was thrown out of the kingdom by the conspiracies of his spiteful brother Bhallala Deva.The film is structured somewhat like this—love story, childlike conspiracy, action and sacrifice in the first half and childlike conspiracy, sacrifice, action and action in the second half. Minus the green screen and grandeur, the film would have been nothing more than a random sitcom.
2. Devsena is Just Another Women Created by Patriarchy
Viewers were all praises regarding the portrayal of Devsena and the other women characters in the film. Undoubtedly both Shivgami and Devsena had fierceness cascaded on their characters but they were never free from the stranglehold of patriarchy. I mean how many times did we hear the “aurats (women)” themselves chastising men for hiding behind “aurats”? Also, we find Devsena saying to Baahubali, “Mera man jeet ne wale Mahavir hai aap, agar mujhe Daasi banakar bhi le jayenge to mrityu tak main khushi khushi aap ke sath chalungi (you are the man who won my heart. I will happily be your maid if that is what you want). I wonder what made the script writer think that a strong willed woman like Devsena would happily be a man’s “dasi (maid)”.
3. Severely fails to evoke emotions
Baahubali is a wonderfully directed film. That, of course cannot be denied. The visuals are amusing, the actions keeps one glued to the seat but it severely lacks emotional intensity. I cannot remember one single moment in the film that stirred my emotion. Neither did it provide a thought that the viewers could take back home, talk about it for days. A film cannot only be about grandeur and technology. It is so much more than that. And Baahubali 2 miserably fails to cater to its audience that “more”
But despite all these facts Baahubali is a glorious instance of SS Rajamouli’s genius. Prabhas as Baahubali is terrific and actress Ramya Krishnan’s (Shivgami) performance surely takes away the cake. Obviously the film requires a willing suspension of disbelief, but if we are ready to buy Captain America stopping a helicopter with his bare hands why can’t we swallow Baahubali mounting an elephant walking up its trunk. So let’s not judge Baahubali. It is 2 hours and 42 minutes of visual delight that can help the viewers escape the monotony of life for a while.