As you all might know by now (thanks to all the ‘Senas’ and their outrageous acts) that Padmaavat is the story of Rani Padmavati, based on a poem written by ‘Muhammad Jayasi’. The film is a phenomenal tribute to the valor and a righteousness of ‘The Rajputs of Mewad’ and to the courageous Padmavati.
The frame opens way back in 13th century in Afghanistan, where the Khilji clan was trying to take over the Dilli Sultanate and hence begins the Khilji Dynasty in India when their king (Raza Muraad) takes over. But, his son-in-law and ‘har nayab chiz pe apna haq rakhne wala’ the villainous Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh) has other plans and wants to sit on the throne. In order to achieve that, he kills his father-in-law and claims himself as the king. But he is unaware of the fact that the ‘most nayaab’ and beautiful Padmavati (Deepika Padukone), the princess of Singhal, falls in love with the Maharaj Rawal Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapoor), gets married to him and becomes the queen of Chhittodgarh.
The twist is when a Brahmin flute-player and sorcerer of Raja Ratan’s Darbar is mesmerized by Padmavati’s beauty, commits a punishable sin and is granted ‘Deshnikala’ from Chittod. He directly reaches Delhi and meets Khilji. He praises about the beauty of Rani Padmavati and manipulates him to win her from the Rajputs. Now Khilji wants to have her by hook or crook. But, because of the righteousness of the Rajputs, they refuse to bow down to the monstrous Khilji. If that created enough intrigue for you, you need to watch the climax in the theatres.
All hail Sanjay Leela Bhansali, as he once again manages to create magic on-screen with his impeccable direction and music. The background score of the film is so beautiful and mesmerizing that it gets stuck in your head and you won’t be able to stop humming it.
Some scenes of the film are a bit drab and you will also feel that should’ve been named as ‘Alauddin Khilji’ because it mainly revolves around that character only, but Ranveer Singh has given such a fab performance (may be his best, till date), that you wouldn’t mind watching those monstrous eyes each time he appears on screen.
Deepika Padukone looks like a real Rani and breathtakingly beautiful. She has done justice to the character who refuses to bow down to any sort of ill-treatment. We still can’t get over those dreamy eyes. Shahid Kapoor’s acting was a little flat in the film. He gave some good scenes but we expect more from you, Shahid. At least more expressions. Jim Sarbh as ‘Malik Gafoor’ did justice to the Egyptian accent and also added to the humour quotient in the film.
Dialogues were disappointing as we really expected some strong and clap worthy one-liners. Special mention to the cinematographer Sudeep Chatterjee as he perfectly portrayed the beautiful vision of the director through his lens. Trust us, you won’t be able to take your eyes off the screen ever for a second because this film is so cinematically captivating.
We are still wondering that what was all the outrage about? The goddess-like Rani Padmavati is portrayed in the best manner possible. So people, if you still find it risky to watch this film because of all the unnecessary backlash, missing this SLB’s masterpiece would be a bigger risk. We give this superb period-drama; 3.5 stars with a big kink.