Padmavat Movie Review: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s periodic drama Padmaavat is one of his dream projects, apart from Black and Bajirao Mastani. After Lot Of Controversies and Postponement, the film released today (25th Jan) in a grand way. Padmaavat is definitely worth a watch, for its scale, story-telling and stellar performances from the lead. Here is our Honest review of Padmavat Movie
Main Roles: Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Producer: Bhansali Productions, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Music: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Sanchit Balhara (score)
Genre: Periodic Action Drama
Padmavat Review & Story Plot:
Padmavat Movie Story:
Padmaavat is based on the 16th century poem Padmavat by Malik Muhammad Jayasi. Bhansali has added his own flair and interpretation to ‘Padmaavat’, giving it a fairy-tale sheen. Set in 1303 AD medieval India, Padmaavat is the story of honour, valour and obsession.
Rani Padmavati (Deepika Padukone), who is known for her exceptional beauty along with a strong sense of justice, is the wife of Maharawal Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapoor) and pride of the Kingdom of Chittor, a prosperous kingdom in the north west of India.
The power-hungry Turkish-Afghan ruler, Allauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh) captures the fancy of the reigning Sultan of Delhi and becomes the ruler of the Delhi empire. After this, Allauddin Khilji is told by a priest Raghav Chetan that if he wishes to be the true Sultan of Hind, he needs to have Padmavati by his side and rule the Rajputs.
When Allauddin Khilji hears that the Chittor Queen Rani Padmavati is breathtakingly beautiful, he wants to `possess’ her. So, he wages war on her husband Maharwal Ratan Singh. Allauddin Khilji becomes obsessed with her and goes to great lengths to fulfill his greed. Thus, begins one man’s battle for honour and the other’s battle for love. How will Allauddin Khilji do this? What problems does he face? is the crux of the story.
Padmavat Movie Review:
Deepika Padukone playing the title role oozes the beauty that the character is supposed to have. She plays the beauty-with-a-brain and valor part very well. Look wise she nails the character, but there is not enough meat in her role to shine. Eventually, she is everything visually one hopes for, but she lacks the engaging factor that was needed to take the epic to the next level.
Ranveer Singh breathes life into the character of the barbaric, power-drunk Alauddin Khilji, giving us a villain for the ages. He steals the show with his fantastic performances. Sporting unkempt waist-length hair, kohl in piercing eyes, facial scars, and sex-appeal and swagger of a badboy rockstar, he’s both fascinating and repulsive at once. His way of dialogue delivery makes him an ever-ideal fit for Alauddin Khilji.
Shahid Kapoor as the ruler of Mewar- Ratan Singh also justifies with his role. With kohl-ed eyes and an impressive build, he looks good. Aditi Rao Hydari as Mehrunisa, wife of Alauddin Khilji delivers her best. Rests of the cast perform accordingly.
Padmaavat is a long film. SLB is not known for his brevity but a few songs and a sequence that includes an attack on Khilji could have been chopped out on the edit table. Screenplay is well written that keeps the audiences glued onto the screen. Padmaavat is technically brilliant and the credit should go to the art direction department.
Padmavat Movie Rating: 3.5/5
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