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Padmaavat Review

on Jan 24, 2018

Cast: Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor, Aditi Rao Hydari, Jim Sarbh, Raza Murad, Anupriya Goenka etc.
Direction: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Banner: Bhansali Productions
Producers: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Sudhanshu Vats, Ajit Andhare
Music: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Sanchit Balhara (BGM)
Release Date: Jan 24, 2018

There were lots of protests against Padmaavat. Many have demanded to ban the film’s release. Does this film really have objectionable content? Here we are presenting Padmaavat review…

Story:
Rani Padmavati, the princess of the Singhal kingdom, falls in love with Mewar ruler Ratansen (Shahid Kapoor) in very first site. Ratansen who actually went there to bring rare pearls for his wife Nagmati (Anupriya Goenka) is also bowled out by the good looks of Padmavati. Ratansen marries Padmavati and brings her to his kingdom.

On the other hand, Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh), the Turko-Afghan ruler of the Delhi Sultanate desires to capture the beautiful queen Padmavati. Rest of the story is what strong decision Padmavati takes to protect herself and her husband from the perilous Khilji…


Positives:
1. Bhansali’s Direction
2. Lead Actors Performances
3. Second Half
4. Music
5. Sets
6. Cinematography

Negatives:
1. Few Sluggish Episodes In First Half


Analysis:

Padmaavat is all about the bravery of queen Padmavati who has committed self-immolation along with all the other women of the city to protect their honor and also to avoid being captured by Khilji. Movie starts with Alauddin Khilji impresses his uncle Jalaluddin Khilji and sister-in-law Mehrunisa by bringing an ostrich bird as a gift to her. Then, Alauddin marries Mehrunisa who in no time gets to know about her husband’s cruel nature of desiring for sex. Sanjay Leela Bhansali described Khilji’s character just in couple of episodes. Padmavati’s gorgeousness is defined in one episode where Raja Guru couldn’t stop staring at her when she goes to meet him in temple. Then, the sequences of Alauddin Khilji waiting outside Chittor Fort were a bit boring. Chess part, Alauddin Khilji watching Padmavati for the first time, Ratansen warning Khilji, pre-climax sword fight, self-immolation of Padmavati and other women in the dynasty are major highlights in second half.

Artists Performances:

Deepika Padukone who played the title role of Padmavati is dazzling. She appeared like a real queen in the costumes. In fact, we could see only Padmavati, but not Deepika since she gave such wonderful performance. Ranveer Singh nailed with his acting as the cruel king Alauddin Khilji. His mannerisms, dialogue delivery are top notch. Shahid Kapoor is ideal for the role of Ratansen. Aditi Rao Hydari too looked gorgeous as Khilji’s wife. Anupriya Goenka is decent in a brief role.


Technical Aspect:
Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known for his wonderful story-telling abilities. He usually takes extreme care about each and every detail. Starting from sets to music to editing, his mark will be seen in each and every frame. Padmaavat is another gem from this genius filmmaker. The way he narrated the story, we will be taken to the actual locals. Though there were few boring episodes here and there in first half, we hardly find any such things in second half. Besides penning story, directing, editing and co-producing, Bhansali also provided sound track for the film. In fact, all the songs are situational and are soothing to listen. BGM by Sanchit is also admirable. Cinematographer Sundeep Chattaerjee captured all the frames exquisitely. Editing was also sharp. Production values are high in standard.


Verdict:
Padmaavat is a historical film with lots of emotions and drama. Don’t expect war episodes, so you will enjoy to the core. The film is likely to break many box office records for sure.

TeluguOne Perspective:
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Rating: 4/5


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