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Baahubali 2: The Conclusion - Movie Review

Verdict - "Mothership of Indian Cinema!"

Two years of anticipation, numerous spoofs and theories and one universally asked question, 'Why Kattappa killed Baahubali'? Well, now you know why! Directed by S.S. Rajamouli, 'Baahubali 2: The Conclusion' had already been a widespread phenomenon since the release of its prequel and is presented as the crown jewel of Indian Cinema releasing over 9000+ screens worldwide.

Bounded around the basic plot of the assassination of Baahubali, the second film from this regal franchise continues exactly where the first film concluded and advances the storyline by developing the relationship between the characters of Amarendra Baahubali (Prabhas), Bhallala Deva (Rana Daggubati), Sivagami (Ramya Krishnan), Devasena (Anushka Shetty), and Kattappa (Satyaraj).

With nearly three hours of run time, the pacing seemed like a trifling issue for the film at times. The romantic angle between Prabhas and Anushka was sub par and the characters developed throughout that particular duration didn't correspond properly when the storyline proceeded to the next step. Also, this might just be an unpopular opinion, but the climax was marginally outstretched and would've been trimmed or narrated a tad more effectively.

Apart from the trivial negatives of the film, S.S. Rajamouli deserves high regard and utmost respect for making an Indian film (most importantly a Telugu film) seen, appreciated and cherished worldwide by different cultures of people. His determination, imagination for creating a spellbinding battle scenes and most importantly the execution to orchestrate such a colossal film was downright phenomenal. CGI and the production design were certainly an improvement when compared to the earlier film in the franchise and were presented brilliantly on the big screen.

The performances from the two main leads Prabhas and Rana Daggubati were fascinating to watch, both the actors were outstanding in every single scene and clearly worked very hard to bring the appeal and allure to their respective characters. Ramya Krishnan was again splendid as Sivagami which was one of the pivotal characters of the film and Anushka Shetty was also magnificent in her portrayal as Devasena regardless of her half-baked character.

Nonetheless, in the thick of massive expectations, S.S. Rajamouli never faltered to deliver an awe-inspiring film with his ambitious and novel acumen. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion only elevated the standards set by its predecessor and will continue to become the mother ship of Indian Cinema in terms of box office, film making, production design and visual effects.

My Rating - 3.5/5
Grade - B+ (A perfect weekend pick!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

Baahubali: The Beginning - Movie Review: Click Here

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Naam Shabana - Movie Review

Verdict - "A Missed Opportunity"

Marketed as the prequel to the 2015 sleeper hit Baby, Naam Shabana directed by Shivam Nair and penned by the critically acclaimed director Neeraj Pandey stars Taapsee Pannu in the lead role, Manoj Bajpayee in a supporting role and Akshay Sharma in a surprise guest role. 

Set in a timeline that got transpired before the incidents of Baby, Ranvir Singh (Manoj Bajpayee) who is in charge of an agency related to National Security is in pursuit to find an astute female field agent and confronts Shabana Khan (Taapsee Pannu), a college student who trains in the sport of Kudo in her spare time. Upon ample time spent in research, Ranvir offers Shabana a contract to join the agency, to which she agrees after making a shady deal.

With tons of potential of developing an interesting ingenious tale, Neeraj Pandey presented us with a lackluster script which is tedious and ludicrous to watch. Forget about the logic, the trite and predictable narration, dim-witted dialogue and an inept directing job by Shivam Nair spoiled the complete experience and made me check my watch for every 10 minutes (which usually doesn't happen that often).

On the bright side, Taapsee Pannu as the female protagonist in the film was a treat to watch, her grit and ceaseless alure corresponded with her character effortlessly and helped the film to at least advance till 127 minutes. Akshay Kumar's role in the film was decent and was most certainly not needed, but a good surprise is always welcomed. 

Nevertheless, solely elevated by the performance of Taapsee Pannu, Naam Shabana is a complete missed opportunity in terms of storyline and screenplay and is forgettable for the most part. As a fan who enjoyed the previous film Baby to the fullest, I found it difficult to sit through this film for 127 minutes.

My Rating - 2/5 | Grade - C (Meh! Probably a rental)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Baby - Movie Review: Click Here 

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