Genre: Action, Drama, Period
Release Date: 06th December, 2019
Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Padmini Kolhapure, Kriti Sanon, Kunal Shashi Kapoor
Writer/Director: Ashutosh Gowariker
Producer/s: Sunita Gowariker, Rohit Shelatkar
Panipat Movie Review Rating: 3/5 Stars (Three stars)
Star Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon, Sanjay Dutt, Mantra, Padmini Kolhapure, Zeenat Aman, Mohnish Bahl.
Director: Ashutosh Gowariker
What’s Good: An effortless Kriti Sanon, An Arjun Kapoor putting in all the efforts, Enthusiastic Ajay-Atul escalating the watching experience with their BGM.
What’s Bad: Pace pinches at times, I was ready with my ‘seetis’ but dialogues didn’t allow me to hoot them.
Loo Break: Due to natural reasons, yes!
Watch or Not?: A must watch for the lovers of this genre, rest of you – keep a check on your expectations & give it a try.
The first half lays the base of the Third Battle of the Panipat in which we see the fight between Sadashivrao Bhau (Arjun Kapoor) and Ahmad Shah Abdali (Sanjay Dutt). It starts with Sadashivrao proving himself worthy to Nana Peshwa Rao (Mohnish Bahl). After capturing Udgir fort, Sadashiv gets married to Parvati (Kriti Sanon) and gets allotted to manage the finance of the Maratha kingdom.
To defend the Mughal emperor, Najib-Ud-Daula (Mantra) invites Ahmad Shah Abdali (Sanjay Dutt) to India. The dreadful Ahmad Shah challenges Maratha Empire hence initiating the 3rd battle of Panipat. The rest of the story revolves around the battle and how the Maratha empire fought with Abdali & the gang to defend their valour.
Panipat Movie Review: Script Analysis
It’s not new for Ashutosh Gowariker to team up with historians to maintain the authenticity of the story. He has done the same here & at most of the places, has avoided taking any cinematic liberties. Gowariker just takes an interesting chapter from our History books and grandly visualises it. Some scenes are like literally watching your History textbook come to life on-screen.
It definitely is an acquired taste because of its length and the material it portrays. Suckers for historical dramas will find themselves lost in the fascinating world designed by Ashutosh. The length will pinch some as every Gowariker film, it takes its own time to reach the finale. One major thing that this movie lacked was strong dialogues. I was so hoping for a few of them, as it had the scope. But it seems Ashutosh wanted it to be as authentic as it can.
Panipat Movie Review: Star Performance
Arjun Kapoor gives in everything to portray the role of Sadashivrao Bhau. The efforts are clearly visible from scene 1. It’s commendable for him to pull off such a complicated character. He nails the fighting sequences too and plays well around the accent. Full marks for efforts! Kriti Sanon is a sweet & sincere surprise package. She’s not on the screen to just look good, she acts, she fights & she breaks the boundaries to be Parvati.
Sanjay Dutt plays the guy your parents warn you of. Thankfully, makers don’t follow the formula of making him another Khilji. He’s barbaric, he’s dangerous and Sanjay adapts those qualities with equal ardor. He hits few points, misses few, but overall has a good screen presence. Out of the supporting cast, Mantra stands still with his wicked aura. Mohnish Bahl & Padmini Kolhapure are good in their short roles. Zeenat Aman, with just a single scene, proves her worth of being as good as she has been.
Panipat Box Office Review: Star Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon, Sanjay Dutt, Padmini Kolhapure, Mohnish Bahl, Sahil Salathia, Nawab Shah, Mantra
Director: Ashutosh Gowariker
Produced By: Ashutosh Gowariker Productions, Vision World Films
Panipat Box Office Review: Expectations
Indian audience loves period films but they should have big stars or actors who can play the larger than life characters with effortless ease. Panipat’s trailer didn’t get good enough response from the public. The scale of the film looked just right, Ashutosh Gowariker promised big as far as his direction is concerned. Sanjay Dutt promised a memorable performance as the antagonist and Kriti Sanon looked charming. But something was off and it was Arjun Kapoor.
Arjun in his career so far has built an image of an actor who targets multiplex audience only. He has mostly done very urban and multiplex oriented cinema so far and Panipat all of a sudden presents him as a Maratha warrior. To justify this kind of character you need to have an excellent screen presence and must give an equally good performance too. The trailer didn’t present Arjun Kapoor in a way that can excite the audience and when the main hero of the film doesn’t excite you, t gets tough to attract masses to cinemas.
Panipat Box Office Review: Impact
“Don’t judge the book by its cover” they say and Panipat proves it true. The film narrates the great story of the battle between Marathas and Ahmad Shah Abdali and the detailing it provides is one of its biggest power. Not just this brilliant chapter of Indian history has been engagingly told, the writers have kept the film authentic. Of course, the writers have taken some cinematic liberties but they can be taken down the throat and frankly a large part of the audience is going to love it only.
The film takes some time to build up and the first half mainly focuses on making it an informative watch. It’s just before the interval that the things start heating up. The pre-interval scene is lit and without giving any spoiler, I’ll just say it will literally give you goosebumps. Similarly, there are many high points in the second half which make Panipat a worth watching film.
The battle between Sadashiv Rao Bhau and Ahmad Shah Abdali has got a great build-up and at last, it’s all worth it because it keeps you on edge of your seat till last. The drama around the battle definitely deserves thumbs up all thanks to the brilliance of writers. The climax is moving and may leave you teary-eyed.
The film is good performances wise as well. I’ll talk about Arjun Kapoor first because he is actually good in the film. The man has put his heart and soul to play the character of Sadashiv Rao Bhau. I won’t say that he has aced it but he has actually broken his barriers as an actor. Arjun Kapoor is one real surprise in the film.
Kriti Sanon looks so gorgeous but her character is more than that. Wait for the pre-climax scene where she’ll shock you.
Sanjay Dutt is just terrific as savage Ahmad Shah Abdali. He lives the character and deserves all the applause.
The rest of the cast is good too.
Ashutosh Gowariker is back and how. After disappointing with Mohenjo Daro, he took some time and made a great comeback with Panipat.
Panipat Box Office Review: Prospects
Even though Panipat boasts of good content and is one of the well-made films this year, it will actually struggle for “theatrical success” at the box office. The film has been made on a huge budget and weak promotions and trailers have done enough damage for it.
Panipat will be a slow opener tomorrow. Even though the positive word of mouth will help it at the Box Office it will be very tough for the film to recover its costs theatrically. Also, the film is facing competition from Pati Patni Aur Woh and then there is an interesting line up of films like Mardaani 2, Dabangg 3 & Good Newwz which will limit Panipat’s potential.
Panipat is expected to do a lifetime business in a 50-60 crores range.
Panipat Trailer Review: Ashutosh Gowariker’s love for historic films is known to everyone. After giving highly successful films like Lagaan, Jodhaa Akbar and a few forgettable ones like Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey, Mohenjo Daro, he seems to be back strongly with Panipat.
Ashutosh’s last hit was Jodhaa Akbar 11 years back and now with Panipat, he has a chance to redeem himself.
After watching the trailer, we can say that he seems to have taken the benefit of the chance mostly. This is a time when the audience is going gaga over films made on a lavish scale. Large sets and larger than life stories especially the historic ones with war as the central plot are the ones that are attracting most eyeballs. Ashutosh’s Panipat promises everything grand. The epic story of the war between Maratha warrior Sadashiv Rao Bhau & Ahmad Shah Abdali which is an example of true bravery & patriotism made on a big budget. The outcome is tempting when we watch the trailer.
However, in films like these, the performances play a huge role. While the antagonist played by Sanjay Dutt looks strong and promising here, the hero is little underwhelming because Arjun Kapoor seems to have not given what was expected. I say this with a heavy heart that he is below the par for the character he plays as far as the trailer is concerned. I also hope that he proves me wrong when the film comes out. Kriti Sanon looks gorgeous and promises action too. However, she looks far away from being extraordinary.
Overall, despite some problems, the Panipat trailer is still tempting and promises an exciting larger than life cinema.