Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat had been hit by several controversies during and after its shoot. After several hiccups, finally, the film is all set to hit the marquee. Ahead of the film’s release, we managed to catch up the preview of the film’s Telugu version. Without further due, read our in-depth analysis on the film.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali has yet again offered a visual feast with fantastic visuals, rich colours, bright costumes of that era. Above all, Ranveer Singh nails it to the core as Sultan Alauddin Khilji. Brace up yourself for Ranveer’s mind-blowing show.
Queen Padmavati (Deepika Padukone) is known for her exceptional beauty along with a strong sense of justice. She accidentally injures Maharawal Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapoor) who comes to their kingdom for pearls. Both exchange their looks and soon fall in love with each other. As Ratan Singh recuperates from his injury, he decides to return to his Kingdom of Chittor, a prosperous kingdom in the north west of India. He marries Padmavati (Deepika) and takes her to his kingdom.
Everyone is swooned by Padmavati’s beauty. This includes Ratan Singh’s Raja Guru. He likes Padmavati’s beauty immensely and tries to sneak into the bedroom of Ratan Singh and Padmavati during their private time. Learning that it was Raja Guru, Ratan Singh orders him to deport him far away from the kingdom of Chittor. Distressed Raja Guru pledges to ruin the entire Kingdom. He then goes to the wicked and cruel Sultan of Delhi, Allaudin Khilji (Ranveer Singh). Allaudin is a tyrant who is looking to expand his empire and is greedy. At the same time, he is a womaniser. He craves for beautiful women. Raja Guru tells Allaudin about Rani Padmavati’s beauty and provokes him to take on Chittor.
Allaudin lays siege on the impregnable fortress of Chittorgarh. After a grueling 6 months, he returns empty handed. He becomes obsessed and now wants to capture Chittor and its Queen at any cost. He returns with a bigger army and ranging fury. He attacks Chittor with brutal force and a bloody and fearsome battle takes places between the righteous Maharawal Ratan Singh defending his kingdom and the honor of his queen and Sultan Allaudin Khilji. Khilji manages to breach the fortress but in vain as the Queen chooses to make the ultimate sacrifice (by jumping into fire) to protect her dignity.
Undoubtedly, Ranveer Singh has delivered best performance till date as Alauddin Khilji. Ranveer’s menacing looks, acts give terrific touch to the role. Ranveer has breathed life into the role with ease. Shahid Kapoor does a brilliant show as Ratan Singh. Subtle emotions and powerful dialogues of him give goosebumps. After the film, Rajputs would embrace him for enacting in such a role and one wouldn’t be surprised if they even worship him. Deepika Padukone shines as Rani Padmavati. She is not just a normal queen, but a queen who thinks for the betterment of people, kingdom. She takes charge and rescues the kingdom of Chittor with her wit when Ratan Singh was abducted. Deepika did a great job. All other cast did a perfect job. The film offers finest performances. Thanks to Sanjay Leela Bhansali for recruiting the best cast for this historic epic.
Deepika Padukone & Shahid Kapoor
Dialogues on Rajputs
Lag in Second-Half
Set in 1303 AD medieval India, Bhansali’s magnum opus offers what movie buffs expect from him, his films. Bhansali’s minute attention to detail such as costumes, colours and recreating that era makes the film look so natural. All the characters have written very well. Rani Padmavati and Ratan Singh’s characters have an inspiring morals. Khilji, however, is the cruel and wicked enemy.
Aware of the controversies surrounding the film, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has subtly dealt with the film. Technically, the film offers top-notch experience. Be it spectacular visuals or thumping background score, the film scores big in terms of technicalities. The VFX are also good.
Sanjay should have elevated the film more. Barring this, it is good on many points. It is hard to deal with a historic biopic and do justice. Sanjay has scored brownie points.
The film starts well and seems to move on a consistent level. Before interval, the film takes off and sets high bar for the second-half. However, post-interval, the film moves slowly. Pre-climax and climax again bring back the temper. Finally, film ends with an emotional climax. It is a heart-rending story of a Queen who sacrifices her life for dignity.
On the whole, Sanjay Leela Bhansali deserves a standing ovation for reviving the life and times of Rani Padamavati, Ratan Singh and Alauddin Khilji. Of course, Ranveer breathes life into the role of Khilji. Deepika and Shahid stand out with their brilliant show. Shahid makes Rajputs proud. His dialogues on the morals, ethics and values of Rajputs are clap-worthy.
Padmaavat is powered by fantastic visuals, mind-blowing performances. Highly recommended. Go for it.