The ending of Baahubali: The Beginning left us on the edge of our seats. It was a masterstroke by the magician S.S. Rajamouli to let the viewers crave for more. The following plot has been sketched upon the brilliant first part.
Let us start with the final scene of Baahubali: The Beginning. Kattappa confesses at the end that it was he who killed Amarendra Baahubali. Thus, it automatically sets up beautifully for the second part to reveal the secrets.
Of course, the story will start with Kattappa explaining the reasons behind the murder of Amarendra Baahubali. Analysing the character of Kattappa one can find a resemblance of Bhishma from Mahabharata. Though in his heart, he longs for the righteous side, he still clings to the throne of Mahishmati. Like Bhisma, he lived in the past; honoring the ritualistic slavery which his ancestors set themselves up to. Thus, it can be safely assumed that he stabbed Amarendra Baahubali on the instructions of the Mahishmati ruler.
Kattappa, played by Sathyaraj
At the end of the war with Kalakeya tribe, Amarendra Baahubali was announced king by the regent Sivagami. Kattappa portrayed as a servant to the throne was not supposed to harm Amarendra Baahubali as he was ascending the throne. That clarifies that Amarendra Baahubali was not the ruler of Mahishmati when he was killed.
Sivagami was the pivotal character in the first part. She saves Amarendra's infant son, Mahendra Baahubali (Sivu). She pleads to God to save Sivu's life in exchange for her. Also, she states that by saving Sivu she was trying to repent for her sins. That indicates that she was a conspirator in the killing of Amarendra Baahubali. It is hard to relate her to the back-stabbing of Amarendra Baahubali, as she was portrayed as just and wise in the first part. To find why she betrayed Amarendra, one has to fathom her priorities. As per the first part, she lives for the Mahishmati kingdom and its people. So the only reason she will betray Amarendra Baahubali would be to serve her citizens.
Sivagami, played by Ramya Krishna
At the beginning of the first part, a map was shown containing Mahishmati Kingdom, Kunthala Kingdom, Singapuram Bandit's fort and Kunthala's Hideout.
Avanthika (Mahendra Baahubali's love interest) and her group that tries to rescue Devasena (Mahendra Baahubali's mother) seemed to belong to the Kunthala Kingdom. In fact, Devasena is proclaimed as the Princess of Kunthala.
The first part shows that the two cousins (Amarendra Baahubali and Bhallala Deva) also compete for Devasena apart from the Mahismati throne. It indicates that Devasena chose Amarendra Baahubali over Bhallala Deva which had resulted in getting her imprisoned after Amarendra's death.
Devasena, played by Anushka Shetty
Bhallala Deva was shown as a passive-aggressive character while dealing with Amarendra Baahubali. Though he comes out as equally in competitions, seems to be hesitant to assert himself directly in front of Amarendra. Most probably he ordered Kattappa to back stab Amarendra. The only reason Kattappa would follow Bhallala Deva's order if he rules Mahishmati. So it can be assumed that by the time Amarendra was assassinated, Bhallala Deva was the ruler of Mahishmati.
Amarendra Baahubali might have chosen Devasena between the throne of Mahishmati and her. In fact, his son Mahendra Baahubali is also portrayed as a reckless lover. It seems to be a scenario of "like son, like father".
Amarendra Baahubali, played by Prabhas (who also plays Mahendra Baahubali)
The first part hints that both Kunthala kingdom and Singapuram's bandits' fort has been destroyed, evident from their absence in the movie. Amarendra Baahubali is shown to be killed during a battle. Most probably this is the battle between the Bandits and the Kunthala Kingdom.
Devasena chooses Amarendra Baahubali over Bhallala Deva in the Swayamvara. The Kunthala king puts a condition for the marriage, Amarendra Baahubali has to accept the position of Crowned Prince (Yuvraaja) of the King of Kunthala kingdom (as he has no male heir). That means Amarendra Baahubali has to vacate the Mahishmati throne.
Amarendra Baahubali agrees to the proposal, angering Sivagami, who resists the proposal and states that it is not justified for a king leave his kingdom and people to pursue his own self-centered love. Amarendra justifies it by thinking naively that, in a way, Mahishmati will be more powerful as he will now have the forces of the Kunthala kingdom to his disposal.
He states that no enemy like Kalakeya would dare to attack them in case both the kingdoms can come to the battle together. He sees the possibility of such strong ties between the two kingdoms if Bhalla Deva rules Mahismati and he rules the Kunthala kingdom.
Bijjaladeva supports Amarendra Baahubali's statements knowing that it will pave the way for his son Bhalla Deva to rule the Mahismati kingdom. Amarendra Baahubali was always oblivious of Bhalla Deva's treacherous schemes. Sivagami puts a condition that out of the sons of Amarendra Baahubali and Bhalla Deva (among all of her grandsons), the most deserved one would rule a combined kingdom with its capital at Mahishmati. Everyone has to agree with her condition to receive the immediate benefits. Not everyone was, however, happy thinking about the long-term consequences of Sivagami's condition.
Bijjaladeva, played by Nasser
The Kunthala king thought that his kingdom would dominate the regions by the inclusion of a mighty warrior like Amarendra Baahubali. The Kunthala king asks him to take the universal pledge of loyalty to the Kunthala kingdom prior to marriage. Amrendra Baahubali accepts the crown of Yuvraaja and vows to protect the Kunthala kingdom from all possible enemies. He gets married to Princess Devasena.
Bhallala Deva ascends to the Mahishmati throne. He is still jealous of Amarendra Baahubali for winning Devasena. He and his father Bijjaladeva plots against the Kunthala kingdom. They instigate the bandits to attack the Kunthala kingdom. The Kunthala king tries diplomacy and paying tributes to the bandits. Meanwhile, Amarendra Baahubali uses that time to train the Kunthala soldiers. He plans to attack their fort and banish them for good.
Bhallala Deva, played by Rana Daggubati
Sivagami gets concerned about Amarendra Baahubali's actions. Mahishmati kingdom has always supported the bandits through the back door. It helps them to balance the regional powers and portray their superiority to the neighbours. Sivagami knows that with the fall of the bandits and with Amarendra Baahubali at the helm, soon Kunthala kingdom will dominate the neighborhood.
Sivagami gets into a fix on how to tackle this new circumstance. Bijjaladeva and Bhallala Deva suggest that they should attack the Kunthala kingdom in support of their bandit allies. Sivagami asks Kattappa for his thoughts. Kattappa says candidly that another major war with Kunthala kingdom will be catastrophic for Mahishmati in terms of both military and economy. All of them agree that an outright war is not possible.
Bijjaladeva chalks out a plan to tackle the situation. His plan will enable the triumph of Mahishmati kingdom. According to his plan, Mahishmati will support both the sides. Mahismati will support the bandits like they always do through the back door. They agree to send a small troop proactively in Kattappa's lead to help Kunthala kingdom. To ensure Mahishmati's superiority, Bijjaladeva proposes that during the battle, Kattappa should assassinate Amarendra Baahubali. His logic is that after the fall of Kunthala kingdom, Mahishmati will easily dominate the regions. Sivagami with tears in her eye accepts the proposal. She now prays for Amarendra Baahubali's son to be worthy enough so that he can rule the combined kingdoms.
The kingdom of Mahishmati, under the rule of Bhallala Deva
Kattappa protests, but he is overruled by Bhallala Deva. As the king of the Mahishmati kingdom, he orders Kattappa to kill Amarendra Baahubali. Kattappa goes to the Kunthala kingdom with a small band of soldiers. As he reached there he gets the news that Mahendra Baahubali (Sivu) is born. He knows as per Sivagami's words; Sivu might one day rule the Mahishmati kingdom and hence as per his family traditions; Kattappa places the infant Sivu's feet on his bald head.
In the heat of the battle, Kattappa eventually kills Amarendra Baahubali. The Singapuram Bandits' fort has been ransacked, and they vanquished. By the time Kattappa re-enters Kunthala kingdom, he sees the Mahishmati flag flying. While the Kunthala army was busy fighting the bandits, Bhallala Deva attacked and captured the Kunthala kingdom without any resistance. Once he receives the confirmation of the killing from Kattappa, Bhallala Deva announces the death of Amarendra Baahubali.
As the entire Kunthala kingdom mourns for Amarendra Baahubali, Bhallala Deva orders Devasena to be prepared for marriage. He kills the Kunthala king when he protests against this atrocity. When Devsena refuses, Bhallala Deva orders her to be locked up. The entire Kunthala kingdom rebels against Bhallala Deva's orders. Brutal Bhallala Deva gets the whole kingdom razed to the soil. Most of the rebel population gets killed or arrested. The arrested people were taken along with Devasena to Mahismati to be whipped and enslaved (shown in the first part of the movie). Some remaining soldiers and residents flee to the Kunthala hideout near the huge waterfall. They take an oath to get their princess Devasena freed from the clutches of the tyrant Bhallala Deva.
Bhallala Deva's tyranny, in a still from 'Baahubali: The Beginning'
Sivagami is shattered by the way Bhallala Deva treats the people. She asks him to fix his ways. Bhallala Deva tells her as he is King now, he no longer needs to heed to her. Sivagami at once realises her mistakes. Bijjaladeva supports his son. He does not want history to be repeated. He instigates Bhallala Deva to kill Sivu, the infant son of Devasena and Amarendra Baahubali. Sivagami overhears their conversation. She takes the oath to save Sivu. Kattappa suffering from the guilt (of killing Amarendra Baahubali) wants to join her. She dissuades Kattappa. She asks him to do his duty and look after Devasena. She, however, asks him to assist Sivu if he ever tries to take vengeance. Kattappa promises to aid Shivu to gain the throne of Mahishmati. Bhallala Deva sends soldiers to kill Sivu. Sivagam flees through the secret tunnel along with Sivu. She was hit by an arrow while escaping.
Once Kattappa has explained the reason of killing of Amarendra Baahubali, Mahendra Baahubali announces that he will end the tyranny of Bhallala Deva. Mahendra Baahubali with Kattappa and Sardar (leader) of the rebels debate and try to check out a plan to defeat Bhallala Deva.
To defeat the forces of Bhallala Deva, the rebels will require a lot of weapons. The rebels and soldiers loyal to Kattappa will form the bulk of the forces. The weapons will be acquired from Aslam Khan, Kattappa's friend.
After realising that Kattappa has switched sides. Bhallala Deva starts to distrust his own soldiers. He strikes a deal with the Kalakaye tribe. He offers them the region of the Kunthala kingdom if they fight on behalf of him. His actions further antagonize the loyal forces of Mahismati and the populace. Once they hear about Mahendra Baahubali (the son of Amarendra Baahubali) they flock in masses to Mahendra's camp.
The final battle lines have been drawn. The majority of Mahishmati soldiers are in Mahendra's camp. The numerical supremacy of Bhallala Deva's camp is clearly visible with Kalakaye tribe joining him. He has their natural respect as he had killed their best warrior and ruler (Kalakeya). The epic battle begins. Bhallala Deva and Mahendra Baahubali approach each other. One wants to avenge his son, another his father.
Mahendra Baahubali jumps over the blades of Bhallala Deva's chariot and topples Bhallala Deva from the chariot. Bhallala Deva extends and swings his mace. Mahendra Baahubali dodges the mace and cuts the chain with his sword. Bhallala Deva jumps and punches Mahendra Baahubali. Mahendra Baahubali loses his sword. Both fight each other now with their bare hands. Bhallala Deva has the upper hand initially due to his might. He, however, lost his edge to Mahendra Baahubali's energy and swiftness (due to his youth). Mahendra Baahubali finally kills Bhallala Deva by beheading him with his sword. The scene is similar to the scene of Amarendra Baahubali trying to behead the Kalakeya king. Only this time, Baahubali manages to finish his job. The Kalakeya tribe once again runs away from the battlefield.
Mahendra Baahubali enters the Mahismati kingdom with his soldiers. He notices that Bijjaladeva is waiting along with the Mahismati crown. He seems to be happy. Bijjaladeva calls Mahendra Baahubali his grandson and moves forward to hug him. Kattappa smells foul. Kattappa warns Mahendra Baahubali against the treacherous Bijjaladeva. He moves parallel to Mahendra Baahubali. Bijjaladeva hugs Mahendra Baahubali. He takes the dagger out of the crown to stab Mahendra Baahubali in the back. Kattappa chops his hand with a quick movement of his sword. With the next blow, he presses his entire sword into Bijjaladeva's abdomen. Bijjaladeva dies on the spot.
Mahendra Baahubali frees Devasena. He asks her to look over the state as Raajmataa. She fills the throne of Sivagami. Mahendra Baahubali ascends to the throne of Mahishmati. The entire kingdom celebrates his ascension to the throne.
Avanthika, played by Tamanna
Mahendra Baahubali marries Avanthika. His courtiers urge him to turn the golden statue of Bhallala Deva into his image. He melts the golden statue to return the gold to the citizens. He rebuilds the Kunthala kingdom to settle the rebels and prisoners (enslaved Kunthala people). He makes Sivagami's dream true by ruling both the kingdoms with Mahishmati as the capital. Kattappa informs him that the Kalakeya tribe has accepted his suzerainty. He asks Mahendra Baahubali to contemplate performing the Ashvamedha yagna. Mahendra Baahubali replies that he already had his share of war and glory. He values peace, stability and prosperity higher than the formation of an empire.
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