Releaesed Date : January 2018
Cast: Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor, Aditi Rao Hydari, Jim Sarbh, Anupriya, Raza Murad.
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Music Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Sanchit Balhara.
Production Company: Viacom18 Motion Pictures, Bhansali Productions.
Producers: Bhansali Productions.
- STORY 70% 70%
- DIRECTION 70% 70%
- PERFORMANCE 75% 75%
- CINEMATOGRAPHY 68% 68%
- MUSIC 55% 55%
The very controversial movie at the beginning of the New Year, Padmaavat has succeeded to make a storm around the film industry and now waiting for the audience to watch this movie. Its the story of Rani Padmaavati of Chittod and its sacrifice. Dipika Padukone, Shaheed Kapoor and Ranveer singh, who is playing the villainous role of Allauddin Khilji are the true attraction of the movie.
Padmaavat : Just another Grandeur
As I expect or I do have notion about Bhansali fims, Padmaavat didn’t do well as per my notion. No one and I mean no one can create opulence on screen the way Bhansali does. But sometimes that is not enough and his latest work Padmaavat is a film that falls short of greatness by miles. Bhansali the storyteller goes overboard and expects the audience to lap up whatever he serves them. Just like he expected with Saawariya and Guzaarish, two of his weakest films. Those two films mind you were resounding flops which Padmaavat would not be.
Getting back to the plot, it’s a film that seems like a 2 hour 40 min campaign on Rajput valour. I mean really, who talks like that? All that mumbo jumbo about Rajputs being ideal, being benevolent, blah blah and blah. And in between there is Khilji, poor man, who doesn’t know what he should be doing. Ruling India or listening to boring Rajput rules. Bhansali as always picks actors who look and feel the parts. There is Shahid Kapoor, the ideal Rajput king who is so stupid that he would rather die on a battlefield than kill his enemy when he gets a chance to. And chances he gets galore. Then there is Deepika Padukone, the mesmerizing queen who gets bored of her beach life and decides to move to desert land. And there is that man, Ranveer Singh who steals the show with an act that couldn’t have gotten any more barbaric.
Add to the mix some palace intrigue, an effeminate Jim Sarbh, a groveling Aditi Rao Hydari and postcard perfect sets and you have a film that claims to be a visually brilliant experience. That at least is one promise that Padmaavat lives up to. It is a visual extravaganza and frame just like every Bhansali film is marvelous. But alas, Bhansali fresh off the success of Ram Leela and Bajrao Mastani seems to have found a cash cow that he ends up milking too often. As brilliant as Bajirao Mastani was, Padmaavati pales in comparison. And one of the major factors that lets Padmaavat down is the music. Most of Bhansali’s films boast of soulful music that leave you feeling numb. Padmaavat doesn’t have a single song that you can take home with you. Ghoomar happens to be the best of the lot and I am sure that tells you of the standard of the album.
Then again should you watch Padmaavat? My guess is you will, anyway thanks to the insane hype it has garnered. So I advise to walk in with minimal expectations and you may just be a little satisfied
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