Padmaavat movie review: Ranveer Singh walks away with the crown
Contrary to all the rants we have been hearing about this Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial 'Padmaavat', it is nothing but a breath of fresh air around the rather claustrophobic activities we have been witnessing for the past 3 months. The film lifts off the veil from some falsely-curated stories and is essentially an ode to the pride & valour of Rajputs. Here's more!
'Padmaavat' is a story of the lives of Rani Padmavati of Singhal, Chittor's Maharawal Ratan Singh and Sultan of Delhi Allauddin Khilji The makers have stated that the film is based on the epic poem of Malik Muhammed Jayasi. Succumbing to the pressure by the fringe elements, the film began with three clear disclaimers. The history has not been distorted, in any which way.
Have you ever found yourself captivated by a beast? Well, that's the kind of effect Ranveer will have on you. Although he has been shown in the worst light, Ranveer as Khilji has nailed it completely. You detest him, you loathe his madness, his unfaithfulness disturbs you. But you will end up admiring his prowess and craft. Such is the power of this antagonist!
Other than being a visual delight, Deepika does justice to her character. Contrary to the notions we have about queens, she is not frail, she is not confined to her kingly-bedroom. She is not just an epitome of beauty but also of bravery. Deepika, as Padmavati, leaves us wanting for more. Her indubitable chemistry with Bhansali just gets better with every film.
You need to have a vision like Bhansali to make a film like 'Padmaavat'. Be it the way the story progresses, the cinematography or the amount of emphasis put on every character, he has proved that he knows his craft best. The comfort with which his actors seep into their characters is one of the many reasons that make him a great mentor.
With Padmaavat, a person not only gets to know how honest and powerful the kings were but also how the queens have been instrumental in making them the great warriors that they were. The film doesn't show a single sequence between Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji. It actually glorifies how the bangles of Kshatriya women were equally powerful as the sword of the warriors.
Although Shahid perfectly essayed the role of Maharaja Ratan Rawal Singh, it was felt that his character got overshadowed by Deepika's grandeur and Ranveer's monstrosity. He did justice to the different segments he was given to play, including the romantic part. His character glorified the pride of Rajputs too. But, your heart aches for more, it felt that he was being under utilized.
Although the film is longer than usual, the length doesn't seem excruciating because of the gripping storyline. Whatever conceptions or misconceptions you have had about the film will fizzle out as soon as you watch it. 'Padmaavat' doesn't hurt the sentiments of any religious community. It is an amazing cinematic experience, so watch it to believe it. I would happily rate it 4.5/5.