In this special feature, we look at 7 glaring mistakes in Baahubali 2, starring Prabhas and Rana Daggubati
No movie is perfect – even if the film-maker puts in enough detailing and precision into making his movie, there are bound to loopholes and errors that still manage to creep into the movie somehow. Like for example, The Shawshank Redemption, the highest rated movie on IMDB – a movie that every movie buff claims as the best they have ever seen – has this little glaring loophole after a very important sequence. How did Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), manage to stick the poster back to cover the hole in the wall, after he is in the hole. Or for the matter, how come no one changed his cell during his entire jail term. So see, not even the best movie is bereft of loopholes. Which also applies to Baahubali 2, which is far from being the best, but is still a very entertaining blockbuster.
Baahubali 2, directed by South whizkid SS Rajamouli, has already become the first Indian movie to cross Rs 1000 crore mark with its worldwide collections in just a matter of one and a half weeks. Starring Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty and Tamannaah Bhatia (sadly her role was purely a non-speaking good-looking glorified extra in the sequel), Baahubali 2 is a visually excellent movie by Indian cinema standards, with our limited budgets. However, the movie has enough loopholes of its own, and we are not even talking about the OTT fight sequences and Baahubali’s superpowers. In this special feature, we look at 7 glaring mistakes in Baahubali 2, that you should give the movie a second chance to get them registered in your brain.
Automatically refilling arrows
SS Rajamouli, you have a call from Hawkeye – he wants to know the secret of the never-ending quivers of both Baahubali and Devasena in the fight scenes. Despite shooting even three arrows at a time, their supply of arrows never seems to end as they vanquish hordes of enemies that face their wrath.
Mr Bhallaladeva, where is your wife?
Bhallaladeva has a son, that’s established in the first movie, alright! His cut-off head also makes a cameo in the sequel. But in both the movies, one character is missing – the woman who gave birth to this guy. Where has Bhallaladeva hidden his wife in the runtime of six hours?
Why the hell is Kattappa still alive?
Kattappa is loyal to the throne to the point that he killed his favourite ward, Baahubali Sr, to prove his devotion to the king and the Queen Mother. But he also commits treachery by letting Sivagami escape with Baahubali Jr, and such an act should have got him killed. So why is he alive? Or for the matter, where is his family? It’s said he and his forefathers have been sworn to protect the throne, so why has he chosen to go celibate? Doesn’t he want his children to protect the successors of the throne?
Devasena’s changing hair colour
In the first, the older Devasena was seen with dull hair with streaks of brown hair. Before and during the final battle in Baahubali 2, she has gray hair. But towards the end of the sequel, after the final fight and the vanquishing of Bhallaladeva, Devasena is seen with black hair with streaks of white, as she anoints Baahubali Jr as the king of Mahishmati. So what’s the secret of this quick nourishment of hair? Garnier’s or did you inherit Sivagami’s wig?
The worst follow-up to a murder ever
The first scene of Baahubali: The Beginning and the conclusion of Baahubali: The Conclusion has a couple of continuity errors. In the former, we see that Sivagami is dragging herself through the jungles with a baby in her hand and an arrow sticking in the back. She then kills off two soldiers who were tracking her, before she herself get drowned in the river, while making sure baby Baahubali Jr is alive. The sequel shows that it was his son who was the reason why the arrow is sticking behind her back. But after she gets shot by the arrow, she is seen immediately falling in a river with the baby. So in two movies, she falls into rivers with the baby, and yet when we see her the first time in the first Baahubali movie, she is all dry with her sindoor and all intact. And why did Bhalladeva sent two incompetent soldiers to check if his fearless mother is dead or not? You had one job, man!
That’s not how palm trees work!
Have you checked a palm? Like ever! Though the tops of the palm trees can sway when there is a strong wind, they cannot act as a catapult thanks to their very thick trunks. And certainly not strong enough to throw people to a great distance, while making them land safely on the feet. But then by South movie standards, this blatant disregard of laws of physics is a light offense – we have seen far worse! Right, Mr Rajinikanth?
The headless and bloodless corpse
One of the best scenes in Baahubali 2 had Baahubali chastising his wife Devasena, in chains for cutting off the fingers of a pervert minister, saying that she should have cut off his head instead. Then he immediately proceeds to rectify this error by cutting the head of the bastard. We all clapped! And in the moment of trouncing perpetration of sexual harassment, no one noticed that there is no damn blood on the floor. Did Dharmendra come there and put his famous dialogue ‘Kutte kameena, main tera khoon pee jaaunga!’ into action?