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Baahubali 2: The Conclusion

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, also known as BB2, is an Indian bilingual fantasy-action film directed by S. S. Rajamouli and written by his father K. V. Vijayendra Prasad. It was produced by Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni under the banner Arka Media Works with an estimated budget of 2.5 billion. Released on 28 April 2017, The film stars Prabhas and Rana Daggubati in lead roles. The second cinematic part in the Baahubali franchise and the sequel to Baahubali: The Beginning, the film is set in medieval India and follows the sibling rivalry between Amarendra Baahubali and Bhallaladeva; the latter conspires against the former and has him killed by Kattappa. Years later, Amarendra's son returns to avenge his death. The Conclusion was made simultaneously in Telugu and Tamil and later dubbed into Hindi and Malayalam.

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
Baahubali the Conclusion.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by S. S. Rajamouli
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by K. V. Vijayendra Prasad
Starring
Music by M. M. Keeravani
Cinematography K. K. Senthil Kumar
Edited by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Production
company
Distributed by
Release date
  • 28 April 2017 (2017-04-28)[1]
Running time
  • 171 minutes (Telugu)[2]
  • 168 minutes (Tamil)[3]
Country India
Language Telugu
Tamil
Budget 2.5 billion[4]
Box office est. 17.065 billion[5]

Earning 14.169 billion in India and 2.896 billion overseas, The Conclusion surpassed PK (2014) to briefly become the highest grossing Indian film of all time, collecting approximately 8 billion worldwide within just six days of its release. It became the first ever Indian film to gross over 10 billion, doing so in just ten days.[6][7] Within India, it set many films records, becoming the highest grossing film in the Hindi language as well as in its original Telugu and Tamil languages. It stands as the highest grossing film in India, the second highest-grossing Indian film worldwide and the 49th highest-grossing film of 2017. The film sold an estimated 105 million tickets during its box office run, one of the highest footfalls for any film in India.[8][9][10]

Baahubali 2 was the first Telugu film to be released in 4K High Definition format. It is estimated that close to 200 screens were upgraded to 4K projectors before the release date of the movie.[11] Baahubali 2 released to positive reviews from critics. The film has garnered the Telstra People's Choice Award at the 2017 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion was premiered at the British Film Institute,[12] and is the inaugural feature film at the 39th Moscow International Film Festival.[13][14] The Conclusion is showcased in the "Indian Panorama" section of the 48th International Film Festival of India.[15]

Contents

Plot

Kattappa (Sathyaraj) continues to narrate how he ended up killing Amarendra Baahubali (Prabhas).

After vanquishing the Kalakeyas, Amarendra Baahubali is declared as the future king of Mahishmati and Bhallaladeva (Rana Daggubati) its commander-in-chief. During a tour of the kingdom, Amarendra falls in love with Devasena (Anushka Shetty), the princess of Kuntala, a kingdom neighboring Mahishmati. Bhallaladeva lusts for Devasena after viewing her portrait and asks Rajamata Sivagami (Ramya Krishnan) for her hand in marriage, the Rajamata assures Bhallaladeva and sends an emissary to Kuntala, who delivers the marriage proposal in a patronising way. An insulted Devasena rejects the proposal with a scathing reply. Enraged hearing her response, Sivagami sends an order to Amarendra that Devasena be brought to Mahishmati as a captive. Kuntala is attacked by Pindaris, a dacoit-like army. Amarendra, with the help of Devasena's maternal cousin, Kumara Varma (Subbaraju), is able to nullify the attack and save Kuntala. Amarendra reveals who he is, promises Devasena that he will protect her honor and convinces her to come with him to Mahishmati as his future bride.

Upon reaching Mahishmati, the misunderstanding is brought to light and when an ultimatum is delivered to Amarendra that he must either choose the throne or Devasena, he chooses the latter. Bhallaladeva is crowned king and Amarendra is made the new commander-in-chief. Due to clashes, Devasena and Amarendra are banished from the Palace. Amarendra and Devasena live happily among the people. Bhallaladeva notices that to the people, Amarendra is their king, and hatches a plot with his father Bijjaladeva (Nassar) to convince Sivagami that Amarendra is trying to assassinate him. Sivagami, convinced that Bhallaladeva's life is under threat but that open hostility would result in disharmony and even civil war, orders Kattappa to assassinate Amarendra. Kattappa, bound by his word to serve the Queen, lures Amarendra by feigning he is in trouble, and then stabs him in the back and kills him.

Kattappa informs Sivagami of Bhallaladeva's treachery. Sivagami reveals to the panicked hordes outside her palace that Amarendra is dead and that the baby Mahendra Baahubali has ascended the throne. As Bhallaladeva and his men are about to seize the queen, she flees with the new King. Bhallaladeva holds Devasena prisoner for the next 25 years and destroys Kuntala, their King (Meka Ramakrishna) leads the rebel group that has indulged in guerrilla warfare against King Bhallaladeva. After listening to the whole story, Mahendra Baahubali alias Sivudu (Prabhas) decides to avenge his father's death by raising his own army with the help of Kattappa and returns to Mahishmati along with Avantika (Tamannaah) and the people of the city. After an ensuing battle, Bhallaladeva is defeated by Mahendra and burnt alive on a pyre prepared by Devasena. Ending the cruel regime of Bhallaladeva, Mahendra becomes the new King with Avantika as his queen, bringing peace and harmony to Mahishmati.

Cast

 
Prabhas at the 18th Mumbai Film Festival in 2017

Main

The following is the credited cast:[16]

Others

  • Meka Ramakrishna as Jayasena, the King of Kunthala Kingdom and leader of the rebel group
  • Pruthviraj Balireddy as Prime Minister of the Kunthala Kingdom
  • Ashrita Vemuganti as Devasena's sister-in-law, Jayasena's wife
  • Rohini as Sanga, Sivudu's foster mother

Production

Baahubali: The Conclusion is produced in Tollywood,[17] the center of Telugu language films in India based out of Hyderabad, however it was filmed in both Telugu and Tamil languages simultaneously. The film series is touted to be the most expensive in India till date. The screen writer, K. V. Vijayendra Prasad who wrote stories for most of Rajamouli's films once again penned the story for Baahubali. The series was produced by Shobu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni.[18] R.C.Kamalakannan is chosen as visual effects supervisor and Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao is the editor. PM Satheesh is the sound designer and stunt sequences were coordinated by King Solomon, Lee Whittaker, and Kecha. The film's costume designers are Rama Rajamouli and Prasanth Tripuraneni. The line producer is M.M Srivalli. The film shooting started on 17 December 2015 at Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad with Prabhas and Ramya Krishna. The film featuring Telugu Star actors Prabhas and Rana Daggubati in the lead roles has became the biggest ever movie in India in terms of scale of production and making as of 2017.[19] Since its release, the film has become known by the abbreviation BB2.[20][21][22]

Casting

 
Anushka Shetty was cast as lead heroine marking her fourth collaboration with Prabhas

Prabhas was cast as main lead of the film. Anushka Shetty was cast as the heroine of the film as she was also a part of Mirchi (2013).[23] She coincidentally became the first heroine Rajamouli repeated in his films and thus made her schedules full for 2013 and 2014.[24] Rana Daggubati was recruited as the antagonist of the film and coincidentally he was also a part of Rudhramadevi.[25] Sathyaraj signed the film.[26]

In April 2013, Adivi Sesh was cast for a crucial role in the film as Rajamouli was impressed by his work in the Panjaa (2011).[27] Actress Ramya Krishnan was chosen to play the crucial role in the film as Rajamatha in August 2013.[28] Actor Nassar was selected to play a supporting role.[28] Charandeep was selected to play the brother of the film's chief villain.[29] On 20 December 2013 a press release stated that Tamannaah will be second heroine of the film which marks her first collaboration with Rajamouli and second collaboration with Prabhas.[30] Meka Ramakrishna was picked for the head of the Kuntala guerillas.

Characters and looks

Rana Daggubati was said to be playing the role of Prabhas' brother and he too underwent a lot of physical transformation satisfying the role he was assigned to play in the film.[25] He also underwent training in Martial arts under the supervision of a Vietnamese trainer, Tuan.[31] Sathyaraj has a Tonsured look for his role in the film.[32] Sudeep said that he would play the role of a weapons trader Aslam Khan in this film.[33] In the end of October 2013, Rana appeared at a fashion show with a beefed up body which, according to him, was a part of his look in the film.[34] In mid-May 2014, reports emerged that Anushka would play a pregnant woman for a few sequences in the second part of the film.[35]

At the same time, Prabhas posted on his Facebook page that he underwent a minor shoulder surgery and would join the film's sets in a span of a month.[36] On 1 June 2014, Prabhas and Rana's trainer Lakshman Reddy, said that Prabhas started his training 8 months before the commencement of shooting and after two years, both of them weighed nearly 100 kilos each. He also added that Prabhas has two attires with a heavy, bulky body for Baahubali's role and a lean physique for the second role.[37] For his look, Prabhas met WWE superstars like The Undertaker in February 2014 and interacted with them about their daily regimen and workouts.[38]

Prabhas had equipment costing 15 million shipped to his home, where he built a personal gym. His breakfast included 40 half-boiled egg whites blended and added with protein powder.[38] In mid-June 2014, regarding her role in the film, Tamannaah said that she would be playing the role of a warrior princess named Avanthika and her appearance in the film is completely different when compared to her past films.[39][40] Before joining the film's shoot, Tamannaah did costume trials for the film which she confirmed in her micro-blogging page stating "I am very excited to get on to the set of Baahubali. I did some dress trials today and my look in this movie will be totally new. I have never been seen in such sort of a look till now. It will be a new role for me."[41] Rajamouli called Tamannaah and her characterisation as a "value addition" to the movie.[42] She stated that she plays Avanthika, and had a special training and diet regime.[43] The film introduced a new language called Kilikili.[44]

Budget

Initially, both The Beginning and The Conclusion were together produced on a joint budget of 2.5 billion[45][4] but the budget of the second part was later increased to an estimated 2.5 billion.

Themes

 
The Mahabharata was a source of inspiration for the film

In March 2017, Rajamouli said in an interview that "Why Kattappa killed Baahubali" is the theme of the film.[46] The film's tagline "The boy he raised, the man he killed" was revealed in a first look poster of Kattappa by Rajamouli on Facebook.[47] According to K.K. Senthil Kumar, the colour palette used was based on the "mood and feel."[48] He contrasts different tones used within the film: warm colours for Mahishmati, cool colours for Kuntala, desaturated colours for the frame in which Baahubali is expelled.[48] Rajamouli had also stated the Mahabharata was a source of inspiration for the film.[49] Mahesh Kathi also felt that the modules and imagery were borrowed from Indian epics like Mahabharata and called Prabhas' character "a mix of the Pandavas put together."[50]

Critics noticed similarities between The Conclusion and The Lion King. This similarity was also felt by fans, who created memes of the comparison.[51] The Indian Express makes a comparison, stating that both films are a tale of two brothers, where inhabitants suffer under a cruel ruler, who is the brother of a kind ruler. The son of the kind ruler grows in remote lands, unaware of his lineage, guided to his home by his love interest. The spouse of the kind ruler is treated badly by the cruel ruler. The son also has an advisor, who helps him realize his identity.[52] They further note that the kind ruler and his son look similar in both films.[52] Indiatimes notes that The Lion King itself is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Hamlet.[53] Firstpost notes that both Bhallaladeva and Scar share a scar on one eye, and both Simba and Mahendra are introduced similarly into the world.[54]

Gaurav Kumar Jha of Swarajya expressed the view that the film is "the embodient of Bharatiya culture and values."[55]

Music

Rajamouli's cousin M. M. Keeravani composed the music and background for the film.

Release

An initial limited release of The Conclusion took place in most Gulf countries, including the UAE, on 27 April 2017.[56] The film was released on 28 April 2017 worldwide, in about 9,000 theatres, in conventional 2D as well as in IMAX format.[57][58][59][60] The Telugu version of the film was insured against financial loss by Future Generali for 2 billion.[61] The film was released in its original languages–Tamil and Telugu–and dubbed versions in Hindi and Malayalam were also released.[62]

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion set a record collection of 5 billion before the release of the film through satellite and theatrical rights.[63][64]

Reception

Box office

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion on the first day of its release grossed 2.17 billion (US$34 million)[65] worldwide which is the highest opening ever for an Indian film surpassing Kabali's 875 million (US$14 million).[66] Baahubali 2 set a new Indian record of Worldwide gross of about 5.4 billion (US$84 million) in just 3 days.[67] Baahubali 2 grossed US$81 million, third on the global box office list, during the opening weekend, including US$10.1 million in the United States alone, the highest-ever opening for an Indian film in the US.[68][69][65]

It set a new record of highest ever domestic grosser in all languages in India grossing 5.65 billion (US$88 million) in 5 days.[70] It also became the highest grossing Indian film ever with worldwide gross of 7.92 billion in all languages in just six days.[71][72] Baahubali 2 became the first Indian film to worldwide gross in excess of 10 billion (US$160 million) in all languages.[73][74][75] The film grossed over 12.5 billion (US$190 million) crores in all languages by the end of two weeks.[76] After sixteen days, the film's global collection stood at 13.3 billion (US$210 million).[77] It grossed over 14.5 billion (US$230 million) by the end of nineteen days.[78] Its worldwide gross crossed 15 billion (US$230 million) at the end of twenty one days.[79] As of 23 May 2017, its worldwide box office collections had reached 15.86 billion (US$250 million). Baahubali 2 even created a record by collecting 10 billion (US$160 million) net collections in all languages in India.[80][81] The worldwide distributor share of Bahubali 2 is 8 billion in all languages.[82] The film amassed 16.52 billion (US$260 million) by the end of five weeks of its theatrical run.[83] By 21 June 2017, its 48th day of release, the SS Rajamouli-helmed epic had grossed 13.66 billion (US$210 million) in Indian theaters, and an estimated 3.42 billion (US$53 million) overseas, for a total estimated gross of 17.08 billion (US$270 million), according to Forbes,[84] which later estimated its gross as 17.25 billion,[85] while also noting some reports peg it at an estimated 17.6 billion.[86]

Later updates after 100 days reported that it grossed over 17 billion in August 2017.[87][88] The last update from International Business Times, after 140 days in September 2017, reported that it grossed 17.065 billion (US$270 million) worldwide, including 14.169 billion (US$220 million) in India and 2.896 billion (US$45 million) overseas.[5]

India

In India, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion[89] grossed 1.526 billion (US$24 million) on its first day of release in India from all four versions (Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi).[66] By the end of the third day, the film had grossed 4.15 billion (US$65 million) in the domestic market.[67] The film grossed 6.95 billion (US$110 million) in India by the end of first week.[90]The film grossed 3.279 billion in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.[5] The film grossed around 1.526 billion in Tamil Nadu, 1.29 billion in Karnataka and 750 million in Kerala.[5] The Hindi-dubbed version of Baahubali 2 grossed about 7.324 billion taking the film's total gross in India to 14.169 billion is the highest for a film in India.[5] Baahubali 2 netted 11.156 billion in India and it's distributor share was 6.6135 billion.[5] It is the 49th highest-grossing film of 2017.[91]

Overseas

The overseas gross of Baahubali 2 is US$44 million( 2.84 billion).[82][92] It collected around 600 million (US$9.4 million) on its first day from the overseas markets with 300 million coming from the US, 160 million (US$2.5 million) from the UAE and the rest from other markets.[66] By the end of the third day, it collected 1.25 billion (US$19 million) from the overseas market with 640 million (US$10 million) coming from the US alone.[67] On 3 May 2017, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion became the highest grossing Indian film at the US box office with US$12.5 million, surpassing Dangal's gross of US$12.3 million.[93][94][95]

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion became the first Indian film to exceed $11.1 million in takings in Middle-East-GCC-Gulf, surpassing Bajrangi Bhaijaan.[96] As of 14 May 2017, the film had grossed US$19 million in the United States.[97] By the end of 16 days of its release, the film's overseas gross stood at 2.4 billion (US$37 million).[77] In Pakistan, the film grossed 4.5 crore (US$430,000) in its first week, becoming the highest opening gross for an Indian film in Pakistan.[98] In Malaysia, the film managed to gross USD 1,251,075, making it second highest grossing Tamil language movie for 2017 behind Si3 [99]

Critical reception

The film received positive reviews and response from both the critics and audience.[100] On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 100% based on 11 reviews, with a rating average of 7.9/10.[101] Mike McCahill of The Guardian gave a 4/5 rating and called it "a jaw-dropping blockbuster that combines nimble action with genuine heart". He also stated, "This production’s triumph is the room it’s granted Rajamouli to head into the fields and dream up endlessly expressive ways to frame bodies in motion. Of the many sequences here primed to cut through jadedness, perhaps the most wondrous is that which finds Baahu guiding Deva mid-battle to shoot three arrows simultaneously – a set piece that speaks both to a love of action, and love in action. The budget’s big, the muscle considerable, but they’re nothing compared with Baahubali's heart."[102]

Simon Abrams of RogerEbert.com gave the film a 4/4 rating and wrote, "Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is everything I want but rarely get from superhero and big-budget fantasy movies. The fight scenes in "Baahubali 2" are so creative that they make even the most frequently abused creative shortcuts seem novel, everything from computer-generated imagery (CGI) to speed-ramping (Zack Snyder's signature technique of speeding up, then slowing down, then speeding up the tempo of a particularly(sic) action or physical motion). You care what happens to the cast as they, aided by wires, hurl volleys of arrows at disposable minions and CGI animals. You haven't seen action scenes with physics and logic-defying choreography like this before." He also noted "Many American viewers may wonder how a film that received little to no media coverage could surpass The Circle, a new studio-produced and distributed thriller starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson, at the US box office. But you only have to see [it] to know why ..."[103]

Rachit Gupta from Filmfare gave the film a rating of 4.5/5, stating, "SS Rajamouli's much-awaited sequel is the kind of movie Indian cinema should make regularly. It’s the kind of sweeping magnum opus that Indian mythos and culture deserve. It’s the biggest film we have ever made and barring a few minor glitches in CGI, this film is possibly the greatest spectacle you'll see on a big screen, in your life."[104] Sangeetha Devi Dundoo from The Hindu stated, "For the most part, The Conclusion doesn't let us take our eyes off the screen. It's designed to be a cinematic celebration, one that deserves to be watched on the largest screen possible".[105] Hemanth Kumar from Firstpost called it "Rajamouli's epic drama" and rated it 4/5.[106] Dipanjan Sinha of Hindustan Times gave the film a rating of 3/5 stars, praising the film's cinematography and special effects, but found faults with some of the female characters. Sinha stated, "Devasena ... starts off as an ace warrior only to be tamed into someone who has to be protected."[107] Shubhra Gupta of Indian Express rated the film 2/5 stars, noting problems with pacing and sound.[108]

Meena Iyer from The Times of India rated it 4/5, writing: "Just savor it. It is a visual extravaganza that India must feast on ... Prabhas is terrific as father and son. Of course, it is CGI and VFX that grab you in your seat."[109] Sukanya Verma from Rediff rated the film 3.5/5, writing, "Baahubali: The Conclusion continues its tradition of grandiloquence and magnitude. Except for this time, high drama, more than spectacle, is what lends its riveting tale of revenge and glory all its wallop and wizardry."[110] She also praised the film's cast and director stating, "Equipped with a cast that’s not only in tune with Rajamouli's vision but knows exactly where to hold back and when to give their all adds to Baahubali’s might."[110]

Anupama Subramanian of the Deccan Chronicle gave the film a 3.5/5, praising the acting of the stars while complaining about the lack of a solid plot and called the ending predictable.[111]

Accolades

Baahubali 2 won the Telstra People's Choice Award at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, sharing the prize with Dangal.[112] Tamannaah Bhatia and K.V. Vijayendra Prasad won the Global Indian Impact Icon Award for Baahubali 2 at NRI of the Year Awards.[113][114]

See also

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