Baahubali 2 (TAMIL)

Starring: Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka, Tamannah, Ramyakrishnan, Satyaraj, Nasser and many more
Editing : Venkateswara Rao
Music : Keeravani
Cinematography: KK Senthil Kumar
Dialogues : Kaarky
Directed by: SS Rajamouli

Baahubali 2 the biggest release of this year in Indian cinema and the most expected sequel has finally released. After a blockbuster first part, the expectation for Baahubali 2 movie reached great heights. Did the movie manage the hype? Let’s see that in below.

The plot is simple – Palvallthevan (Rana) cunningly kills Amarendra Baahubali (Prabhas) through the royal slave Kattappa (Satyaraj) and also arrests Baahubali’s wife Devasena (Anushka). Saved by the sacrifice of Sivagami (Ramyakrishnan),  Mahendra Baahubali (Prabhas) comes to know about  the cruel death of his dad and takes revenge against his uncle Palvallathevan to become the king of Magizhmathi kingdom. Did he win and takes the throne forms the rest.

Rajamouli treats every frame with so much attention and care and that makes you to avoid blinking for the fear of losing out on a jaw-dropping moment in the story. Apart from the slightly dragged romantic sequences between the lead pair, the rest of the screenplay was so crisp that it covers all areas that are needed for such a grand film. Prabhas has stolen the show with his exceptional performances as Amarendra Baahubali and Mahendra Baahubali in the movie. He oozes action in all the scenes he appears. Anushka once again proves why she has been considered as one of best actresses of her generation, with the brilliant performance. The actress succeeds in matching the senior actors in the frame with her effortless acting skills.

Rana Daggubati who appears as the antagonist, is simply perfect in his role. His portrayal of the cruel king, especially the in the older age portions of the character is totally praiseworthy. Surprisingly, Satyarj’s character has been given an humourous touch in the movie, and the actor has played it to near perfections. Ramya has wonderfully portrayed the various shades of her character with the same ease. The VFX was exceptional at the certain points, but falls flat at a few portions, especially in the climax war sequences. The biggest highlight of the movie Keeravani and his background score. BGM gives you goosebumps.

Senthil Kumar’s camera takes you on a wide panoramic ride of eye-popping sets. Sabu Cyril and his team can take a bow for creating such breathtaking manual sets. Rajamouli has successfully broken the myth which suggests that sequels can’t over-power the first parts, with this amazing piece of work. He deserves a huge round of applause for making Baahubali 2 a magnificent cinematic experience. Baahubali on the whole is magnificent and has all the elements to make you watch it in theaters. A classic movie experience which simply outshines its highly celebrated prequel. Don’t miss this one..!! 🙂

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Rudhramadevi (TAMIL)

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Starring: Anushka, Rana, Allu Arjun, Prakash Raj  and many more
Editing : Sreekar Prasad
Music : Ilayaraja
Dialogs: Pa Vijay
Cinematography: Ajayan Vincent
Directed by: Gunasekhar

Once ‘Baahubali‘ started a film somewhat looking similar to that will normally attract attention. When the top leads are the same who worked in that film then eventually it will grab the interest. Such was the hype created for this film. Lets see whether this has made the film into a success.

Kakatiya dynasty’s king Ganapatideva is anxious that his new-born baby is a girl. According to the dynasty, a woman can’t rule the country and hence enemies are ready to take over the power. But Shiva Deviah (Prakash Raj), the minister of Ganapatideva, gives an idea to make a false announcement that the new-born is a boy and also trains her as a true warrior. After few years, there comes a situation where Shiva Deviah is forced to reveal the secret and eventually, enemies announce war on the kingdom. The rest of the film shows whether Rudhramadevi (Anushka) is able to manage the enemies.

First of all this is not a bilingual as its being promoted and its a clear dubbed movie. The selection of voices for dubbing is a pure bad choice which makes the viewing experience very poor. Even bigger stars like Allu Arjun, Prakash Raj sounds too odd which gives the feeling of watching dubbed serials on the television. Another drawback are the dialog which does not sync with the film at all. Screenplay drags and drags in the second half and all the scenes are just coming and does nothing to the film.

Anushka has tried to lift the film on her own and fails miserably. Rana does nothing and Allu Arjun has been made a clown who just makes fear at the beginning and just helps to finish the film. Star casting could have been done better. VFX and stunts does not add anything to such a big movie. Ajayan’s camera work just revolves around the same set of war fields and kingdoms. Ilayaraja’s BGM is somewhat okayish. Gunasekhar’s plot is nice in paper but it fails damn bad when it is shown on the screen. A queen saga which backfires most of the times..!! 🙂

Baahubali (TAMIL)

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Starring: Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka, Tamannah, Ramyakrishnan, Satyaraj, Nasser and many more
Editing : Venkateswara Rao
Music : Keeravani
Cinematography: KK Senthil Kumar
Dialogues : Kaarky
Directed by: SS Rajamouli

Finally here it is..!! The much awaited film which boasts of the tag claiming of the biggest ever production in India uproar the entire world and the finest part was the film is not just a single part but it comes in two parts where the second one will come in early next year. Vast usage of VFX, CG everything is present in the film and thus is the star cast of the film too. Lets see what else is present.

The film starts with Sivagami (Ramyakrishnan) carrying a child escaping from men who are in search of her. She escapes and lifts the child and crosses the river. The infant is saved and brought up by Rohini who belongs to a tribe and he grows up as Shiva (Prabhas). He likes climbing mountains and on one such day he meets Avantika (Tamannah) who is a warrior belonging to the group which is on verge of saving Devasena (Anushka) who is kept tortured by Bhallala Deva (Rana) and his dad (Nasser). Avantika is helped by Shiva who rescues Devasena and then he comes to know about the truth behind his birth. He is none other than the son of Devasena and Amarendra Bahubali (Prabhas, dual role). Kattapa (Sathyaraj), slave warrior explains this to him. Here comes the end of first part. Why, where and what all are answered in the conclusion part..!!

Now, there are several films that are about greed for power, palace intrigue and bloody battles. But this film is more about the imagery and visual grandeur, than the story itself. The VFX stands tall from the beginning (except a few shots). The artificially generated waterfall and the entire kingdom of Mahishmati deserves a huge applause. In fact, visual brilliance helps Baahubali bail out of trouble mainly in the first half. The film takes time to settle in the first half which is slow and lacks fascination. The whole of Baahubali depends on its fast paced second half and the climax will leave you wanting for more. Another letdown are the songs and its placements.

Prabhas, both as the father and son, has worked extremely hard and carried the roles on his broad shoulders as per the title. Rana as the antagonist is excellent with his body language and his dubbing is perfect. Ramya Krishnan has given a powerful  performance and proves her caliber. Tamanaah has tried her best, and her part is well used to move the story. Sathyaraj eaves an indelible mark, giving his all for the role. Nasser has been typecast in the usual role of the villain and does not have much scope in this part. Anushka has just few scenes where her makeup can take the credit.

Kaarky’s dialogues are very powerful and his special dialogues for the climax need subtitle. Sabu Cyril needs a special mention for such huge sets and statues. Senthil Kumar has once again captured the mega sized dreams of his director through his lens. Background score by Keeravani adds strength to the film. Venkateswara Rao could have chopped few scenes to make the first half interesting but achieves exactly that in the second. To bring such a huge cast, VFX, CG, creativity in visualizing the shots all kudos should go to the man who created this epic, Rajamouli. The film has touched one of the highest levels as far as visual grandeur is concerned and Rajamouli’s stamp is evident only in this aspect. See this for sure and wait again in 2016..!! 🙂

Baby (Hindi)

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Starring: Akshay Kumar, Danny Denzongapa, Rana Daggubati, Taapsee and many more
Editing : Narayan Singh
Music : Meet Bros Anjan        Background Score : Sanjoy
Cinematography: Sudeep Chatterjee
Directed by: Neeraj Pandey

Akshay Kumar and Neeraj Pandey joins together after ‘Special 26‘ and has created lot of hope for the film. Neeraj Pandey’s terrific direction, Akshay Kumar’s awesome death defying stunts and a no nonsense plot promises super strong commercial prospects. Lets see overall how the movie is.

Baby is an Indian undercover unit headed by Danny Denzongpa. Ajay Singh (Akshay Kumar) is the key leader of this unit which is formed to nail the terrorist and false their terror attack plans. Pakistani mastermind of the terror front Rasheed prepares fresh zihadis at the border without much bother. Within seconds the film is bang on target without indulging and the screenplay makes Baby travel from Istanbul To Nepal To Saudi as the narrative breathlessly takes us till the final.

The scale of the film is so lavish and moves between India, Nepal, Turkey and the Middle East, and its performances is excellent. Right from the very first frame the movie is bang on target, does not move from its duty to engage denying any single moment of boredom which is quiet remarkable. Akshay Kumar has done an incredibly good job. Anupam Kher is brilliant. Taapsee is remarkable as Akshay’s team member. Danny Denzongpa, Kay Kay Menon and Rana Daggubati have done their job well.

Baby is technically brilliant. Sudeep Chatterjee’s camera is amazing with the splendid capture of Turkey, Nepal and Saudi is a treat for the eyes. Narayan Singh’s crispy sharp editing deserves special mention. The film is crisp enough and doesnt feel bored anywhere. Neeraj Pandey once again proves that he’s a genius. This time he proves, it’s possible to better Perfection. Baby is a brilliantly crafted, excellently performed, pulsating and salutary kick to India’s spy genre. Worth the watch..!! 🙂