Padmavati Movie Review : The Movie starts with not just one but Three Disclaimers. It is surely made clear that Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati is based on Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s epic poem, “Padmavati (Padmaavat)”.
The Movie is all set to release Tomorrow amidst controversy. The release of Pad Man was delayed by Akshay Kumar to support the film.
People are objecting the movie from the day it started shooting. The Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor starer is accused of distorting Rajput History.
Parts of Gujrat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh are witnessing Protests against it. Reports of Vandalism are also surfacing.
But has the director really taken the Cinematic Liberty and distorted the history or has he taken his flare to glorified it.
The Plot of Padmavati
Set in 1303 AD Medieval India,The film revolves around three main Protagonists.
Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh) marries Uncle Jalaluddin Khilji’s (Raja Murad) daughter Mehrunisa (Aditi Rao Hyadari). Khilji eventually kills his father in law to attain the thrown.
Meanwhile, Rawal Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapoor) falls in love with Queen Padmavati (Deepika Padukone). Brings her to his Dynasty Chittor after marriage.
In a series of events the Royal Priest is kicked out of Chittor. His vengeance takes him to Khilji in Delhi. In an attempt to encourage Khilji to attach on Chittor, the priest sing praises of Padmavati.
As, a resultant Khilji strategically tries to capture both Chittor and Padmavati. The climax involves the death of Rawal Ratan Singh and Padmavati performs mass self-immolation also known as Jauhar.
The film certainly has the grandeur that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is synonym of. But it lacks the emotional depth that is also a specialty of the director producer as well.
The Strongest character should be Padmavati. But unfortunately Deepika Padukone fails to put required power in her performance. Due to which many intricate dialogues loose their essence.
Her Better half is the King of Mewar – Rawal Ratan Singh – Shahid Kapoor. Kapoor’s performance doesn’t attract your attention immediately. The connection between the couple could not come across as immortal as it should have.
It seems Bhansali’s sole interest was in Khilji. Ranveer’s potryal is no doubt matches the cruelty and psychotic-ness of the character.
But instead of story revolving around Padmavati and her valor, it seems to be based around Khilji’s Madness. Maybe naming the film Khilji would have saved Bhansali a lot of trouble.
The attempt of making the film 3d has costed the producer, director the crispness required.
All in all the film is a Cinematic Treat only if you enjoy Elaborate Sets and Costumes. The Story and the portrayals indeed misses on the flair we usually expect from all of them.
As for the controversy that has the film grappled, their is no disgrace to the valor of Rajput. In fact the dialogues and scenes like Jauhar exemplify it.