Looking back at Baahubali in retrospect, goosebumps are inevitable. A humongous 120-feet statue of the mighty antagonist Bhallaladeva is raised in Mahishmati. Amid all the grand moments, the cinematographer cuts to the hordes of slaves who are seen pulling the statue.
An old man crumbles to the ground, followed by the collapse of an entire row of people, which in turn leads to the fall of the statue. When they’re about to give in, a masked man comes to their rescue and drags the statue. While the old man takes charge again, the mask is off. His face is exposed. And like the people in Mahishmati, we tend to chant out loud, ‘Baahubali’. This is the scene where director SS Rajamouli unleashes his iconic hero Baahubali.
Ever since the release, the audience have been waiting with bated breaths, especially after the climax of the film, where Kattappa reveals himself as the killer of Amarendra Baahubali.
While the first look of the much-anticipated Baahubali: The Conclusion is scheduled to release tomorrow (October 22), we give you five things to look forward to in the sequel.
1. Bigger and grander visuals
Apart from a hardcore story, Baahubali was lauded enough for its breathtaking visuals. Be it the kingdom of Mahishmati or the montages on the top of the waterfall, Rajamouli narrated through spectacular visuals and mind boggling special effects. The impact was so much that the film made some of famous Hollywood films pale in comparison. Right from the lay of the land to the longsword gripped by Baahubali, Rajamouli was meticulous with the details. Going by the reports about the sequel, the audience are readying themselves for a whole new experience.
2. Rajamouli’s knack of storytelling
In Eega, the hero dies and is reincarnated as a fly. What does a fly do but buzz around is a question one might ponder over. But that’s the intellectual genius of the director, who so impacts the mind of the audiences that at some point, we start empathising for the protagonist of the film – the fly.
Though there’s a nod to the Mahabharata, it’s fascinating how the director manages to turn a homespun story into a whole new world of Baahubali. The classic end of Baahubali, the one question which has been following Rajamouli like his shadow is an example of the geniuses of the filmmaker.
3. Performances of the lead actors
For an audacious film like Baahubali, the script demanded actors and not stars. Rajamouli, who has been choosy in his films, had the most fitting cast who lifted the film with their performance. Be it the lead actors Prabhas (Amarendra Baahubali), Rana Daggubati (Bhallaladeva) or the supporting cast-Ramya Krishnan as Sivagami and Sathyaraj as Kattappa, these actors are solely responsible for keeping the audience psyched. While Baahubali didn’t have the scope for actors like Anushka Shetty and Tamannaah, the sequel is said to have the duo playing prominent roles.
4. Spine-chilling battle sequences
Of course, what the film unleashes in the last 30 minutes or so, is the Kalakeya war sequence with jaw-dropping visuals which have been accomplished with sheer brilliance. According to reports, the makers have shelved out a whopping Rs 30 crore for the climax portion of the film. Going by Rana Daggubati’s revelation, the film is expected to have some spine-chilly battle sequences. Also, Rana Daggubati’s meaner, stronger look for the sequel gave us the glimpse of what one could expect from the sequel.
5. Yes, Baahubali 3 is on cards
Going by what Rajamouli revealed in an interview, the third instalment of Baahubali is very much on cards. He also revealed that either of the lead actors will be a part of it and confirmed that it’s a spin-off of Baahubali. So now, is there a possibility in the sequel where Rajamouli is expected to leave the audience awestruck just like the climax of its predecessor?
Will Kattappa’s fidelity consume the warrior? Considering the song in which Shivudu had a lovemaking sequence with Avanthika, will there be a story for Shivudu Jr in Baahubali 3? Well, the answers to these questions will be revealed on April 28, 2017.