October 24, 2020

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Padmaavat Review: An Epic Masterpiece!

Expectations were huge, and one of the major reasons for it is the controversy revolving around the film. The stakes are high and so are the expectations. Now let us see how well these expectations have gone through after it got ‘finally’ released in theatres.

Story:

The film is based on the legend of Rani Padmavati (played by Deepika Padukone), a legendary Hindu Rajput queen, mentioned in Padmavat, an Awadhi language epic poem written by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540. According to Padmavat, she was the wife of Ratan Sen (called Rawal Ratan Singh in later legends and played by Shahid Kapoor in the film), the Rajput ruler of Mewar. In 1303, Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh), the Turko-Afghan ruler of the Delhi Sultanate, laid siege to the Chittor Fort in Rajputana. According to Padmavat, Khilji led the invasion motivated by his desire to capture Padmavati. The men of the city stormed out in a final mortal sally to kill as many of the enemy before falling. Padmavati is said to have committed jauhar (self-immolation) along with all the other women of the city to protect their honour and to avoid being captured by Khilji. Chittorgarh Fort, today, stands as an epitome of the true Rajputana spirit, loyalty, fidelity and bravery and a symbol of women power.

Screenplay

The screenplay is focused; it piqued my interest and kept me involved in the narrative, while the characters are well-etched and powerfully portrayed. In fact, the watertight screenplay, which encompasses drama, action, and romance, are beautifully juxtaposed in the narrative. On the whole, it delivers solid drama with a terrific climax.

Direction

When you think of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the first thing that crosses your mind is the exquisite frames and gorgeous visuals. However, the celebrated storyteller has mastered the art of striking the right balance between form and content. And so, PADMAAVAT will not only be talked about the compelling visuals but taut screenwriting and right pacing as well. In short, everything blends beautifully like a symphony.

Music and Other Technicalities

Songs are not so appealing, but background score is high. Cinematography gives you a spectacular visual appeal, where Bhansali has painted a beautiful picture of Royal Rajasthan on celluloid. Editing is good, where the film could have been a bit short. Action scenes are good, and so does the supporting VFX technicality. In addition, IMAX and 3D version of the film is a plus point here, where SLB has effectively managed to make it a stunning visual spectacle. Dialogues are well worded and have garnished the sequences beautifully.

Performances

Though Ranveer Singh has always shown his magical side in Bhansali films, but you’ve got to watch him as the vindictive, treacherous, vicious, and villainous Khilji in PADMAAVAT. Right through the first 15 minutes of the film, you will develop an immense hatred for Alauddin Khilji in your heart. And that’s where the actor comes out victorious. It’s an astounding and gutsy performance by the actor that will be talked about and discussed for sure.

Deepika Padukone has given one of her finest performance here. She is the lifeline, the strength of PADMAAVAT. Rani Padmavati was an eternal beauty and equally a fierce woman, as the history says. And so, after seeing the movie, no one would have ever imagined other actress in the role of Padmavati, where Deepika’s every frame is worth-watching. She will surely win tremendous love and praises for her portrayal.

About Shahid Kapoor, though you can feel that he has been overshadowed by all other actors, but still he has successfully managed to win hearts of the audience. The way he enacted a dedicated Indian king; he surely filled us with immense pride in our glorious past. One would have never seen Shahid in such a magnetic role ever.

Jim Sarbh is brilliant, Aditi Rao Hydari is unforgettable, Raza Murad is excellent, and others are quite noteworthy and played their respective parts effectively.

So is it a Paisa-Vasool film?

Definitely! PADMAAVAT is a spectacular looking period film that matches international standards. And it’s not merely a fabulous looking film, but it’s well-structured too: The love story, the smoldering tension, the battle that follows, the dramatic disputes, the fight sequences and the nerve-wracking finale… PADMAAVAT brings the history brilliantly to life. It’s an epic, classy and a magnificent masterpiece of art, which would be more loved by the historical, mythological and period film lover.

Rating: 4 Stars

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