Release Date: 25th January, 2018
Cast: Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor, Aditi Rao Hydari, Jim Sarbh, Danny Denzongpa, Sonu Sood
Writer/Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Padmaavat Movie Review Rating: 4/5 Stars (Four stars)
Star Cast: Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor, Aditi Rao Hydari, Jim Sarbh, Raza Murad, Anupriya Goenka
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
What’s Good: That nirvana moment of finally watching this film, Ranveer Singh dipping down in the sea of darkness and rising out as a shiny performer.
What’s Bad: I am restricted to a word limit & can’t include Ranveer in the headline – but wherever he is, please listen: Sir, you’re one of the best actors we’ve got.
Loo Break: In a movie of about 2 hours 40 minutes, you’ll not even crave for an interval forget about a loo break.
Watch or Not?: See, if it’s safe to watch in a theater near you. If it is, do that before it isn’t.
Set in an era where a certain race, Khilji is trying to overtake Delhi leaving their mark as champions. Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh) – a crazy king goes into a war with full throttle against Rajputs for his one mad wish. The beautiful side of the story has an almost perfect love story of Rani Padmavati (Deepika Padukone) and Rawal Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapoor).
A perfect couple living a perfect life until a dark cloud named Alauddin Khilji starts hovering over their life. Revolving around the life of these three people, Padmaavat is the story of love, war and madness. The face-off between these two kings and how they stake everything over one mad wish.
Padmaavat Movie Review: Script Analysis
Written by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Prakash Kapadia, this surely is Bhansali’s toughest work till date. From portraying the insanity of Ranveer Singh to keeping everything under a line as far as Rajput sensibilities are concerned. It’s so brilliantly written film, even the dark situations have an underlying touch of humour.
Retaining the Bhansali trademarked royalty, there shouldn’t be a need to say how jaw-dropping’ly beautiful this movie is. Building up the template of beauty vs dark in the first half, Bhansali shifts his focus on the war in the second. No complaints from the script but yes, the editing could surely have been tighter. Plus, there are some serious loopholes with Shahid’s character but Bhansali takes the liberty of calling him a Rajput.
Padmaavat Movie Review: Star Performance
Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji is one of the best performances to come out of Bollywood. His wicked smile at the most uncertain times and the manners in which he presents himself are written so well. Ranveer lives the character so well, he’s set to bag in some major awards this year.
Deepika Padukone portraying the character on which the entire story is based forces you to want more of her. She has looked at her stunning best in this one and totally justifies the glory of Rani Padmavati. I felt she had a lesser screen presence, but whatever she had was exhilarating.
Shahid Kapoor has roared his presence but lacks an excellent writing for his character. At some point of times, it really feels unbelievable to believe what his character is doing.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali starts Padmaavat on a dark & beautiful note. Ranveer Singh roars his presence from the first scene when he enters with an Ostrich. In no mood of lightening up Khilji’s track, Bhansali jumps to explore the romantic angle of Rani Padmavati (Deepika Padukone) and Rawal Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapoor).
It’s beauty vs dark throughout the first half & you can never root for any one of them. Khilji is so bad that at some point in time you start feeling for him just because of Ranveer’s astounding acting. Deepika is so beautiful, there’s no scene you’d like to take your eyes off her. Shahid Kapoor’s voice echoes when he’s on screen.
You’ll drop your jaw post Ghoomar on the big screen; the choreography and Deepika’s presence is a treat to the soul. Subtly hinting at Khilji’s bisexual shade, Bhansali tackles both the tracks with equal grandiose.
“Ek jung husn ke naam!” – that’s the umbrella under which first half takes place. Karni Sena has made me extremely sad because throughout I was trying to find what’s objectionable wasting a part of my brain and I found nothing. A request: please watch it in IMAX 3D. When Bhansali said, it’s meant for IMAX watching he meant it.
Padmaavat is as grand as it can get! By far Bhansali’s most brave attempt to portray a story. Getting aided by performers like Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor, this film is going down in the list of most beautiful movies ever made in the history of Indian cinema.
Stick to this space for the full review! By far I’m gasping from the epic feeling of watching Padmaavat finally. Just halfway through the film, I’m sure Ranveer Singh has his name written on all those glittery trophies this year.