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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)[2]
Running time
  • 171 minutes (Telugu)[3]
  • 168 minutes (Tamil)[4]
Country India
Language Telugu
Tamil
Budget 250 crore[5]
Box office est. 1,706.5 crore[6]

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (English: The One with Strong Arms: The Conclusion), also known by the initialism BB2, is a 2017 Indian epic fantasy action film[7] directed by S. S. Rajamouli.[8] The film was produced by Tollywood studio Arka Media Works. It is the continuation of Baahubali: The Beginning, taking place before and after the events of that film.[9] It was originally made in Telugu and Tamil and dubbed into Hindi, Malayalam, German, French, Japanese and English.[10] The film stars major actors from Tollywood industry with Prabhas, Anushka Shetty, Rana Daggubati and Sathyaraj in lead roles. Initially, both parts were produced on a joint budget of 250 crore (2.5 billion)[11][5] but the budget of the second part was later increased.[12] Baahubali 2: The Conclusion was premiered at the British Film Institute,[13] and is the inaugural feature film at the 39th Moscow International Film Festival.[14][15] The Conclusion is showcased in the "Indian Panorama" section of the 48th International Film Festival of India.[16]

The Conclusion was theatrically released in over 9000 screens worldwide on 28 April 2017.[17][2] 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.[18] Baahubali 2 released to positive reviews from critics and surpassed the 2014 Hindi film PK to briefly become the highest grossing Indian film of all time, collecting approximately 800 crore (US$120 million) worldwide within just six days of its release.[19] It became the first ever Indian film to gross over 1,000 crore (US$160 million) in all languages, doing so in just ten days.[20][21][22] 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. Currently, it stands as the highest grossing film in India and the second highest-grossing Indian film worldwide. The film sold an estimated 105 million tickets (10.5 crore) during its box office run, the highest footfalls for any film in India.[23][24][25] The film has garnered the Telstra People's Choice Award at the 2017 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.[26]

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) is declared as the commander-in-chief. Before the coronation, Rajamatha Sivagami (Ramya Krishnan) begins to look for a bride for Amarendra. She instructs Amarendra and Kattappa to tour the kingdom to understand its current state and its people.

Amarendra falls in love with Devasena (Anushka Shetty), a princess of the Kuntala kingdom (7.5 yojanas to the North of Mahishmati) and the sister of the king of Kuntala. Bhallaladeva learns of Amarendra's attempts to woo Devasena and hatches a plot to drive a wedge between Amarendra and Sivagami by asking for Devasena's hand in marriage for himself. Sivagami, unaware that Amarendra is in love with Devasena, promises Devasena's hand in marriage to Bhallaladeva.

Sivagami sends an emissary to the kingdom of Kuntala, who delivers the marriage proposal in a patronising way. An insulted Devasena rejects the proposal with a scathing reply. Sivagami is enraged to hear Devasena's response and sends an order to Amarendra that Devasena be brought to Mahishmati as a captive.

The kingdom of 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 no matter what and convinces her to come with him to Mahismati as his future bride.

Upon reaching Mahismati, the misunderstanding comes to light. When Sivagami delivers an ultimatum to Amarendra that he must either choose the throne or Devasena, he chooses Devasena. Bhallaladeva is crowned king and Amarendra is made the new commander-in-chief. During the coronation ceremony the citizens of Mahishmati clearly display their preference for Amarendra over Bhallaladeva.

At Devasena's baby shower, Bhallaladeva relieves Amarendra of his duties as commander-in-chief so that Amarendra can be with his wife. Devasena immediately speaks out against the King's manipulation and the mute inaction of Sivagami. Due to further 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 learns of Bhallaladeva's treachery and informs Sivagami. Devasena arrives with her son in her arms to learn of her husband's death. 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. Devasena is held prisoner for the next 25 years. The Kuntala Kingdom is destroyed completely by Bhallaladeva. The now-ousted Kuntala 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 Shivudu (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. Bhallaladeva once again kidnaps Devasena and seals the palace, but Mahendra, ingenious like his father, manages to enter the palace to capture Bhallaladeva by using trees as slingshots.

Bijjaladeva tries to brainwash Kattappa, reminding him of his forefather's pledge of allegiance to the throne of Mahismati and their debt of fealty to the king. Kattappa reminds him that Sivagami had declared Mahendra Baahubali king before her death 25 years earlier and hence his loyalties instead lay with the rightful king, Baahubali. Bhallaladeva is later defeated by Mahendra and burnt alive on a pyre prepared by Devasena. Ending the cruel regime of Bhallaladeva, Mahendra becomes the new King of Mahishmati with Avantika as his queen, declaring peace and harmony.

In the end credits, a child is heard asking an elder whether the son of Mahendra Baahubali will become the next king of Mahishmati, to which the elder replies, "Who knows what Lord Shiva is planning!"

Cast

Prabhas at the 18th Mumbai Film Festival in 2017

Production

Baahubali: The Conclusion is produced in Tollywood,[27] 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. 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.[28]

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).[29] She coincidentally became the first heroine Rajamouli repeated in his films and thus made her schedules full for 2013 and 2014.[30] Rana Daggubati was recruited as the antagonist of the film and coincidentally he was also a part of Rudhramadevi.[31] Sathyaraj signed the film.[32]

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).[33] Actress Ramya Krishnan was chosen to play the crucial role in the film as Rajamatha in August 2013.[34] Actor Nassar was selected to play a supporting role.[34] Charandeep was selected to play the brother of the film's chief villain.[35] 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.[36] 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.[31] He also underwent training in Martial arts under the supervision of a Vietnamese trainer, Tuan.[37] Sathyaraj has a Tonsured look for his role in the film.[38] Sudeep said that he would play the role of a weapons trader Aslam Khan in this film.[39] 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.[40] In mid-May 2014, reports emerged that Anushka would play a pregnant woman for a few sequences in the second part of the film.[41]

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.[42] 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.[43] For his look, Prabhas met WWE superstars like The Undertaker in February 2014 and interacted with them about their daily regimen and workouts.[44]

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.[44] 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.[45][46] 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."[47] Rajamouli called Tamannaah and her characterisation as a "value addition" to the movie.[48] She stated that she plays Avanthika, and had a special training and diet regime.[49] The film introduced a new language called Kilikili.[50]

Music

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

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
Soundtrack album by M. M. Keeravani
Released
  • 26 March 2017 (2017-03-26) (Telugu)
  • 5 April 2017 (2017-04-05) (Hindi)
  • 9 April 2017 (2017-04-09) (Tamil)
  • 24 April 2017 (2017-04-24) (Malayalam)
Recorded 2015
Genre Feature Film Soundtrack
Length
Label
Producer M. M. Keeravani
M. M. Keeravani chronology
Om Namo Venkatesaya
(2017)Om Namo Venkatesaya2017
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
(2017)
Telugu track list[51]
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Saahore Baahubali" K. Shivashakthi Datta, Dr. K. Ramakrishna Daler Mehndi, M. M. Keeravani, Mounima 3:29
2. "Hamsa Naava" Chaithanya Prasad Sony, Deepu 3:27
3. "Kannaa Nidurinchara" M. M. Keeravani T. Sreenidhi, V. Srisoumya 4:56
4. "Dandaalayyaa" M. M. Keeravani Kaala Bhairava 3:31
5. "Oka Praanam" M. M. Keeravani Kaala Bhairava 2:56
Total length: 18:19

All lyrics written by Madhan Karky.

Tamil Track list[52]
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Bale Bale Bale" Daler Mehndi, M. M. Keeravani, Mounima 3:29
2. "Orey Oar Ooril" Mohana, Deepu 3:27
3. "Kanna Nee Thoongadaa" Nayana Nair 4:56
4. "Vandhaai Ayya" Kaala Bhairava 3:31
5. "Oru Yaagam" Kaala Bhairava 2:56
Total length: 18:19

All lyrics written by Mankombu Gopalakrishnan.

Malayalam Track list[53]
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Bali Bali Bahubali" Yazin Nizar, Vijay Yesudas, Shweta Mohan 3:29
2. "Ore Oru Raja" Vijay Yesudas, Shweta Mohan 3:27
3. "Mukil Varna Mukunda" Shweta Mohan 4:56
4. "Arkum Tholkathe" Madhu Balakrishnan 3:31
5. "Oru Jeevan Bahuthayagam" M. M. Keeravani 2:56
Total length: 18:19

All lyrics written by Manoj Muntashir.

Hindi Track list[54]
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Jiyo Re Bahubali" Daler Mehndi, Sanjeev Chimmalgi, Ramya Behara 3:29
2. "Veeron Ke Veer Aa" Aditi Paul, Deepu 3:27
3. "Soja Zara" Madhushree 4:56
4. "Jay Jaykara" Kailash Kher 3:31
5. "Shivam" Kaala Bhairava 2:56
Total length: 18:19

Release

After an initial limited release in most Gulf countries, including the UAE, on 27 April 2017,[55] it was released worldwide, in about 9,000 theatres, in conventional 2D as well as in IMAX format the next day.[56][57] The Telugu version of the film was insured against financial loss by Future Generali for 200 crore.[58]

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion set a record collection of 500 crore (5 billion) before the release of the film through satellite and theatrical rights.[59][12]

Box office

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion on the first day of its release grossed 217 crore (US$34 million)[60] worldwide which is the highest opening ever for an Indian film surpassing Kabali's 87.5 crore (US$14 million).[61] Baahubali 2 set a new Indian record of Worldwide gross of about 540 crore (US$84 million) in just 3 days.[62] 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.[63][64][60]

It set a new record of highest ever domestic grosser in all languages in India grossing 565 crore (US$88 million) in 5 days.[65] It also became the highest grossing Indian film ever with worldwide gross of 792 crore in all languages in just six days.[66] Baahubali 2 became the first Indian film to worldwide gross in excess of 1,000 crore (US$160 million) in all languages.[20][67][68] The film grossed over 1,250 crore (US$190 million) crores in all languages by the end of two weeks.[69] After sixteen days, the film's global collection stood at 1,330 crore (US$210 million).[70] It grossed over 1,450 crore (US$230 million) by the end of nineteen days.[71] Its worldwide gross crossed 1,500 crore (US$230 million) at the end of twenty one days.[72] As of 23 May 2017, its worldwide box office collections had reached 1,586 crore (US$250 million). Baahubali 2 even created a record by collecting 1,000 crore (US$160 million) net collections in all languages in India.[73][74] The worldwide distributor share of Bahubali 2 is 800 crore in all languages.[75] The film amassed 1,652 crore (US$260 million) by the end of five weeks of its theatrical run.[76] By 21 June 2017, its 48th day of release, the SS Rajamouli-helmed epic had grossed 1,366 crore (US$210 million) in Indian theaters, and an estimated 342 crore (US$53 million) overseas, for a total estimated gross of 1,708 crore (US$270 million), according to Forbes,[77] which later estimated its gross as 1,725 crore,[78] while also noting some reports peg it at an estimated 1,760 crore.[79]

Later updates after 100 days reported that it grossed over 1700 crore in August 2017.[80][81] The last update from International Business Times, after 140 days in September 2017, reported that it grossed 1,706.5 crore (US$270 million) worldwide, including 1,416.9 crore (US$220 million) in India and 289.6 crore (US$45 million) overseas.[6]

India

In India, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion[82] grossed 152.6 crore (US$24 million) on its first day of release in India from all four versions (Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi).[61] By the end of the third day, the film had grossed 415 crore (US$65 million) in the domestic market.[62] The film grossed 695 crore (US$110 million) in India by the end of first week.[83]The film grossed 327.9 crore in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.[6] The film grossed around 152.6 crore in Tamil Nadu, 129 crore in Karnataka and 75 crore in Kerala.[6] The Hindi-dubbed version of Baahubali 2 grossed about 732.4 crore taking the film's total gross in India to 1,416.9 crore which is the highest for a film in India.[6] Baahubali 2 netted 1,115.6 crore in India and it's distributor share was 661.35 crore.[6]

Overseas

The overseas gross of Baahubali 2 is US$44 million( 284 crore).[75][84] It collected around 60 crore (US$9.4 million) on its first day from the overseas markets with 30 crore (300 million) coming from the US, 16 crore (US$2.5 million) from the UAE and the rest from other markets.[61] By the end of the third day, it collected 125 crore (US$19 million) from the overseas market with 64 crore (US$10 million) coming from the US alone.[62] 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.[85][86][87]

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion became the first Indian film to exceed $11.1 million in takings in Middle-East-GCC-Gulf, surpassing Bajrangi Bhaijaan.[88] As of 14 May 2017, the film had grossed US$19 million in the United States.[89] By the end of 16 days of its release, the film's overseas gross stood at 240 crore (US$37 million).[70] 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.[90] In Malaysia, the film managed to gross USD 1,251,075, making it second highest grossing Tamil language movie for 2017 behind Si3 [91]

Critical reception

The film received positive reviews from the critics and audience.[92] 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."[93]

G.Sampath of The Hindu criticized the film, noting the centrality of a Kshatriya ethic, which valorises a certain caste hierarchy. He wrote that 'If a Hindutva advocate had wanted a propaganda film showcasing the splendors of ancient India, he could not have asked for anything better.' He also remarked upon the racism in the film by which the antagonists who attack kingdoms are dark-skinned people belonging to an 'aboriginal' race, while the protagonists who defended the kingdoms were always fair-skinned (representing the supposed Aryans).[94]

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 ..."[95]

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."[96] 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".[97] Hemanth Kumar from Firstpost called it "Rajamouli's epic drama" and rated it 4/5.[98] 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."[99] Shubhra Gupta of Indian Express rated the film 2/5 stars, noting problems with pacing and sound.[100]

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."[101] 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."[102] 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."[102]

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.[103] 'Firstpost, Times of India, NDTV and The Indian Express noted similarities between the storylines of Baahubali and The Lion King.[104][105][106][107]

See also

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