Beyond the historical events that gets itself soaked with fictional inclusions, Rani Padmavathi happens to be a much an adorable entity. The controversial clashes that stirred up inevitable crisis prior to its release and finally, Padmaavat earlier titled as Padmavathi hits screens worldwide today. Critically acclaimed Sanjay Leela Bhansali has wielded megaphone for this film featuring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles.
The story is set in 1303 A.D. Maharawal Ratan Singh marries Rani Padmavathi from Ceylon to his Kingdom of Rajput in Chitoor. Her elegant beauty and strong intelligence gets so much familiar across the boundaries and it reaches Sultan King Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh). Known for his brutal means of winning what he wants to acquire, he wages war against Rajput Kingdom to capture Padmavathi. With things completely in favour of Khlji after winning over them, Padmavathi commits Jauhar to protect herself from his clutches and the pride of her dynasty.
Stepping out from the box of for and against advocacies of what is happening out there in the towns pertaining to the controversies; it’s definitely an awe-inspiring experience to watch a mammoth epic on the big screens. Well, it might not cater to the needs of commercial audiences, who would seek tit-for-tat moments from Padmavathi, but what she does keeps you frozen in shock. Of course, we know the entire plot, but then, it’s really spellbinding to see the visual impact created through Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s envisage of sketching characterizations and dramatic moments along with proficient performances of the lead actors. The entire film banks it strength upon the climax or else, we don’t see anything really extraordinary from Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor of Ranveer Singh. The establishment of characterization sketched upon Ranveer should have been applied to Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone as well. Then, it would have been a real big powerful scenario to see the combat among them... The valour attributes of Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone is rarely seen, especially for the role played Shahid, who mostly uses the verbalized substantiality to escalate his characterization.
The songs by Sanjay Leela Bhansali are completely tuned in accordance to ‘Ballad’ genre. The song ‘Ghoomaru’ is extraordinary and couple of songs look inappropriate to the tale, especially the group dance song by Ranveer Singh. The background score by Sanchit Balhara turns to be an impeccable pillar commuting us into the world of emotions. The cinematography with specific tone is top-notch, but more efforts seem to have been put by DI artists.
The dialogues are very well written in Tamil and in some places, it easily wins our appreciations and applauses. The costume designing of the lead actors, in particular, the ones we get to see over Deepika Padukone are remarkable. Well, the emotional bonding between Shahid and Deepika seems to be missing out somewhere and what’s so compelling that made them fall in love is itself a huge question.
But diminishing all such reasoning abilities, the grander visuals and brilliant technical aspects laced with promising performances keeps us engaged for 3 hours.
Verdict : Compelling, visually inspiring and stuns with performances.
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