Padmavat movie Review
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Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Cast: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Aditi Rao Hydari and Jim Sarbh
Frankly, there is no much difference between the title ‘Padmavat’ and ‘Padmavathi’. No idea why there is a row even for the film’s title. Padmavat has been the epicentre of various controversies, especially in North India. Most notably, Karni Sena from Rajasthan and other Hindu-organizations across the nation threatened to vandalize theatres. Likewise, sets of Padmavat were vandalized, set on fire, and were broken by protestors. Finally, with Supreme Court extending its full support, the will be released on 25.01.2018. The film unit came up with a special screening of the 3D Telugu version for distinguished reporters in Hyderabad last evening, 23.01.2018. Let us see how the film fared on the silver screen.
Instead of a story, the movie can be termed as a historical reference. The movie is based on a poem written by Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540 AD. The movie’s script is written by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Prakash Kapadia. The Maharaja of Chittoor, Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapoor) of the Mewar Rajput Kingdom dynasty visits the Sinhala. During his search for diamonds and valuable stones, he spots Sinhalese Princess Padmavathi (Deepika Padukone), who is beautiful, smart and a great political strategist. They both fall in love with each other and eventually get married.
A minister from the king’s court sees the couple in their intimate moments. Furious over the incident, Maharaja expels him out of the kingdom. Humiliated by the action, the minister pledges to destroy Chittoor fort in Vengeance, and asylum under Delhi Sultan Allauddin Khilji. The minister talks at length about Rani Padmavathi’s beauty, her charm. Khilji, a sexual fanatic, expresses his desire of having Padmavathi on hearing this. He immediately sets for war on Chittoor Fort with his infantry to conquer the kingdom and Padmavathi.
Did Ratan Singh fight a war with Allauddin Khilji? If so, how did he face him? How Rani Padmavathi won even without fighting the war? Did Khilji even see her? To find these answers, you need to watch the film on the big screen.
Analysis & Performance:
Padmavat is truly the brainchild of Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Each frame in the film reminds you of the MF Hussain’s painting on the canvas. The director has been successful in taking the audience into the 14th century. Richness and grandeur can be seen in every frame of the movie. The script work was so foolproof that, there is hardly any misrepresentation of historical facts throughout the movie.
Deepika Padukone befittingly reprises the role of Rani Padmavathi. Be it the beauty, charm, or outlook, Deepika nailed it. No doubt, the film is taken to the next level by Deepika Padukone. Similarly, Shahid Kapoor to excelled brilliantly as Ratan Singh. The love drama between Deepika and Shahid is a treat to watch. The interval twists raise hopes on the second half of the film immensely. The emotional depiction of Rani Padmavathi is terrific. Ranveer Singh as Allauddin Khilji is a standout in the film. Cruelty, strategies and cunningness shown by his character is nothing short of sheer brilliance. Jim Sarbh who played the role of Malik Khafur, slave to Khilji did well.
The BGM and visual effects breathe in life and given depth to the film. The visuals are outstanding and capturing. The film’s cinematographer deserves a special mention. One might feel, the director could have brought in more action episodes, given the grandeur, depth and drama in the film.
- Direction and script
- Actor’s performance – Deepika & Ranveer in particular
- Visuals, BGM and production values
- Ghoomar Song
- Lack of action episodes
- Drag and slow-paced narration
- Few key scenes
Punchline: Watch it for grandeur, history and Deepika Padukone! You will not disappointed