Baahubali 2: The Conclusion - Five things to expect from SS Rajamouli's magnum opus

Latha Srinivasan

Mar,28 2017 12:01 48 IST

Director S S Rajamoulis magnum opus Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is set for the biggest release of any Indian film. The film will hit theatres on April 28, 2017 in more than 7000 screens across India. Releasing in four Indian languages - Hindi, Kannada, Telugu and Tamil – Rajamouli’s epic war drama is predicted to outdo the first part, which grossed over Rs 650 crores.

With such high expectations, Rajamouli has ensured that Baahubali 2: The Conclusion will be nail-biting for the audience. Having already made about Rs 500 crore pre-release thanks to sale of satellite and distribution rights, this movie is set to change Indian cinema. Both the films have been touted to have a budget of 250 crores.

Here are five things you can expect from the second part of the film:

Visual Grandeur

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Baahubali: The Beginning visual sketch war by Viswanath Sundaram.

When the audience saw Baahubali, they were in awe of the visuals and how seamless they flowed between war scenes and romances. Now with Baahubali 2, the audience can be rest assured that the visuals are going to be grander and the sets more lavish. Rana Daggubati who plays Bhallala Deva in Baahubali has revealed that the film is much larger in scale and is far bigger than the first part.

National Award-winning art director Sabu Cyril has worked on this masterpiece and stated that 500 to 2000 people worked every day on sets for nearly five years. Sabu Cyril added that he was not just an art director for this film but also an architect and engineer as the scale of the war drama demanded it. From creating extensive palace sets to showcasing the royalty of an ancient kingdom, Sabu Cyril and his relentless team have achieved the impossible.

Emotional drama

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Prabhas in Baahubali 2.

Director S S Rajamouli has made sure that the characters written by his father K. V. Vijayendra Prasad have shone on screen. Baahubali 2 The Conclusion will be heavy on emotional drama as compared to the first part. Why? Because there are many relationships that will be explored and secrets revealed in this film. The big question as to why Kattappa killed Baahubali is on everyone’s minds. It has been revealed that this scene will be quite traumatic as he killed someone whom he worshipped but the reason for the murder is said to be valid. The politics of war in this war drama supposedly ends up taking the life of this king.

But what was Sivagami’s role in this whole story? She asks God to save Shivudu before she does but she set in motion a series of events that led to her death. Baahubali 2 will reveal what these were. Some rumours say that she was the one who threw out Amarendra and Devasena when they got married.

The second part trailer focussed a lot on Prabhas (Mahendra Baahubali and Amarendra Baahubali) and it’s evident that the film will feature him during his period as king and the things that go wrong in his relationships and life. We will also see Bhallala Deva (Rana Daggubati) consumed by the need for power and his obsession with ascending the throne. All the deviousness he is upto will tumble out of the closet. Both the young Amarendra Baahubali and Bhallala Deva will be much fitter, stronger and war-ready having learnt martial arts and more for this film.

War sequences

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Prabhas and Rana in Baahubali 2: The Conclusion.

If you thought the war sequence in Baahubali The Beginning was fantastic, wait till you see the second part. With the first part grossing over Rs 650 crores and having a global audience, director S S Rajamouli decided to up the ante where the war sequences were concerned. He wanted to make them the best ever in Indian cinema and as comparable to any Hollywood film. Since he had a bigger budget for part 2, Rajamouli hired not one but five of the best Hollywood stunt technicians for the climax sequences.

Lee Whitaker is a well-known name now in India thanks to the numerous Indian films he has done. He has worked on top Hollywood flicks like X-Men: Apocalypse, Pearl Harbor, Percy Jackson series and more. Joining him for this film was John Griffith of The Maze Runner and Planet of the Apes fame, and martial artist Brad Allen who has worked on many Jackie Chan films as well as films like Avatar and Kingsman: The Secret Service.

A stunt director who shot to fame thanks to the Hobbit franchise is Morne Van Tonder and he is also part of this mega-project. Larnell Stovall, a former world and international champion in fighting, weapons and forms (kata), was also roped in by Rajamouli. Fans of Hunger Games will know him for sure. Given the vast stunt repertoire of these five men, the fight sequences in part 2 are going to be nothing short of mind-blowing. And this has been certified by the film’s lead actors as well.

The climax scene (shot a reported cost of Rs 30 crore) will feature Mahendra Baahubali fighting his uncle Bhallaladeva and this will be historic.

Maharani Devasena's past

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Snippets of Anushka Shetty in Baahubali 2.

Anushka Shetty who plays Maharani Devasena is seen as a prisoner at the palace in the first part. In Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, we will see her as a fierce, young, beautiful warrior princess and yes, there’s romance with King Amarendra Baahubali. In fact, there’s talk that she will be seen as a pregnant queen who gives birth to Mahendra Baahubali.

Finally, a love triangle

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Snippet from the trailer of Baahubali 2.

There is a strong buzz that there is a love triangle all set to be revealed in Baahubali 2. Apparently, Bhallala Deva is also in love with Devasena. It is said that Sivagami wanted Devasena to marry Bhallala Deva but the strong-minded princess rejected him. Bhallala Deva had Maharani Devasena chained for over 25 years in the palace courtyard as we saw in part 1. And we know that she ends up marrying Amarendra Baahubali but we will find out what happened what set the wheels of jealousy, tragedy and revenge in motion.