Review By : Movie Run Time : 2 Hours 43 Minutes Censor Rating : U/A

Production: Bhansali Productions, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures Cast: Aditi Rao Hydari, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor Direction: Sanjay Leela Bhansali Screenplay: Sanjay Leela Bhansali Story: Prakash Kapadia, Sanjay Leela Bhansali Music: Sanjay Leela Bhansali Background score: Sanchit Balhara Cinematography: Sudeep Chatterjee Dialogues: Sanjay Leela Bhansali Editing: Akiv Ali, Jayant Jathar, Sanjay Leela Bhansali Singers: Arijit Singh, Neeti Mohan, Richa Sharma, Shail Hada, Shreya Ghoshal, Swaroop Khan Lyrics: Siddharth Garima, Swaroop Khan Distribution: Paramount Pictures, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures

The mega-budget epic period drama Padmaavat directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali finally sees the light of the day, after facing a lot of issues before release. Bhansali plays to his strengths in Padmaavat and we have many of the director's trademark touches. One can say that he has pulled off a project of such a scale, quite effectively.

Deepika Padukone as Queen Padmavati is married to a high-born king Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapoor). They together lead a happy life until a Sultan, Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh) hears of Padmavati's beauty and turns an obsessive lover. Motivated by his lechery, Sultan leads an invasion to capture the beautiful Rajput Queen.

The set designs take us back to the 13th century and deserve praise. The first thing that you are certain to admire about Padmaavat is the richness of the visuals. At no place, you feel the director has wasted money on something that is unnecessary.

A lot of attention to detail has been paid to every character, all of whom look genuinely belonging to that era. The cinematographer too has done a commendable job without overdoing it.

Moving on to the cast, Ranveer Singh has lived the role; he looks menacing and is always in command. His character traits have really set the tone for the film. Deepika gets a more emotionally inclined role and she shines with her subtle expressions, not to mention how good she looks. Playing the second fiddle, Shahid Kapoor may not have the body or mannerisms of a tough leader, nevertheless gives his best. Among the other members, Aditi Rao and Jim Sarbh, in particular, deserve mention.

If you are expecting historical accuracy, then you might find the movie a bit trying. The screenplay at places drags quite a bit and if you don’t get involved with the script, then you might get restless at times. The dialogues deserve a special mention for the depth and the valor with which they are presented.

Unlike her husband who goes strictly by the books, Padmavati is smart and does everything that she could do to protect her tradition. All three central characters make hasty decisions at places, which are used to play around the screenplay as per the director’s will.

There are a couple of high voltage action scenes, but one wonders if they could have been choreographed better; it doesn’t excite you at any moment, maybe it is because we have seen similar battle scenes in Indian films in the recent past.

The background score composed by Sanchit Balhara is intensifying and adds to the grandeur of this epic. The songs produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali sound exceptionally good and there is no compromise on quality. The Goomar track, in particular, is already a hit among the viewers and its output is both visually and musically enriching.

Verdict: Resplendent presentation and sturdy performances guarantee a praiseworthy watch!


3 5 ( 3.0 / 5.0 )






Padmaavat (aka) Padmavathi

Padmaavat (aka) Padmavathi is a Hindi movie. Aditi Rao Hydari, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor are part of the cast of Padmaavat (aka) Padmavathi. The movie is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Music is by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Production by Bhansali Productions, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, cinematography by Sudeep Chatterjee, editing by Akiv Ali, Jayant Jathar, Sanjay Leela Bhansali.