Apocalyptic Showdown: Prabhas, Amitabh Bachchan, and Vijay Deverakonda Star in Kalki 2898 AD – A Must-See Review

Directed by Nag Ashwin and starring Prabhas, Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan, Deepika Padukone, and Dulquer Salmaan, Kalki 2898 AD is a mega cinematic journey which showcases the power of mythology. read more

Director: Nag Ashwin

Cast: Prabhas, Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan, Deepika Padukone, Dulquer Salmaan, Disha Patani, Saswata Chatterjee, Brahmanandam, Anna Ben, Shobana, Mrunal Thakur, and Vijay Deverakonda

Directed by Nag Ashwin, Kalki 2898 AD is about Lord Vishnu. It’s a mix of mythology and sci-fi. The star-studded lineup includes Prabhas, Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan, Deepika Padukone, and Dulquer Salmaan. Audiences will eagerly wait to watch this film in theatres for its brilliant international standard VFX. Set in a dystopian world, the film is undeniably a visual extravaganza.

Still from Kalki 2898 AD

Amitabh Bachchan portrays the role of almighty Ashwatthama, who is the true hero of the film. The storyline is set in the world’s last city, Kashi, in 2898 AD. An elderly man Yaskin, played by Kamal Haasan, envisions a new world and establishes a fertility lab where unethical practices are conducted in the most inhuman way.

In Mahabharata, we have all read about Ashwatthama’s story and his curse of immortality and poverty. In this futuristic film, Ashwatthama’s backstory plays a crucial role in understanding the sequences in Kalki 2898 AD.

You may consider it fictitious, but much of it is based on science, especially the pregnancy lab where extraordinary procedures take place. Sumathi (Deepika Padukone), initially deemed infertile, miraculously becomes pregnant with the strongest fetus.

Deepika Padukone in Kalki 2898 AD

The film spans a vast timeframe, from the Mahabharata era to the year 2898 AD, offering a fresh perspective on the epic. The central plot revolves around Ashwatthama’s protection of Sumathi and the reasons behind his unwavering determination.

While Prabhas’s portrayal of Bhairava is commendable, Amitabh Bachchan undeniably steals the show with his magical screen presence. Saswata Chatterjee’s villainous character is one to despise, while Prabhas delivers a perfectly nuanced performance.

Despite some shortcomings like a slow pace and underutilization of certain actors, Kalki 2898 AD manages to stand out due to its unique blend of mythology and science, prompting viewers to contemplate on core themes of righteousness and consequences of actions.

Rating: 3 and a half out of 5

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