Release Date: January 25, 2018
Cast: Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor, Aditi Rao Hydari, Anupriya Goenka, Raza Murad
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Duration: 2 hours 43 minutes
The movie that most of us have been waiting for has finally made it to the theaters. After much controversy, and even as it remains out of reach for people in certain locations, Padmaavat has seen the light of the day. The agitations against the movie have certainly hurt the movie makers, but it has also allowed it to gain widespread publicity. No marketing campaign could have achieved this feat. Padmaavat could have easily sunk, but it was saved by the timely order of the Supreme Court. The top court ruled that freedom of expression is vital to every democracy and it cannot be threatened in any way.
Padmaavat is based on the story of Rani Padmaavati (Deepika Padukone), who was the wife of Maharawal Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapoor). The legend goes that Padmaavati was divinely beautiful and talks about her beauty had spread far and wide. The story of Padmaavati is actually based on a Sufi poem that was written in the 16th century by Malik Muhammad Jayasi. There is very little evidence to prove that the story was real and the legendary Padmaavati did exist. Nonetheless, it does make for a great story and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has tweaked it by adding his own interpretations and artistic flair.
The primary plot revolves around the three main characters – Padmaavati, Ratan Singh and Sultan of Delhi, the tyrant Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh). Khilji is filled with lust when he comes to know about Padmaavati’s beauty and he decides to capture the kingdom and Chittor. Ratan Singh puts up a brave fight to defend his kingdom and his queen, but he is no match for the mighty army of the Delhi Sultanate. After many fierce battles, Ratan Singh is captured by Khilji’s forces. However, Khilji’s plans to capture Padmaavati remains a distant dream, as the queen makes an unprecedented move that will be remembered for centuries to come.
All the three main actors in the movie have performed brilliantly, which is a true delight to watch. The grandeur and opulence of the movie sets is also something not to be missed. Credit also goes to cinematographer Sudeep Chatterjee for capturing the marvelous scenery, forts and palaces. The movie has the genius of Bhansali’s visual masterstroke, which is unparalleled.
Padmaavat is certainly a must watch. Not merely because it has made you curious, but also because it is a true spectacle. If it’s showing in a theater near you, just go for it.