PADMAAVAT WINS HIS TEST FOR FIRE
PADMAAVAT HISTORY: Rani Padmavati (Deepika Padukone) – the wife of Maharawal Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapoor), is known for her beauty and courage in 13th century India. Capture the fantasy of the reigning Sultan of Delhi, the tyrant Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh), who becomes obsessed with her and does everything possible to fulfill his greed.
REVIEW OF PADMAAVAT: Based on a Sufi poem of the same name written in 1540 by Malik Muhammad Jayasi, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has added his own style and interpretation to ‘Padmaavat’, giving it a fairy tale glow. This makes the whole controversy useless and pale compared to the show that unfolds. Bhansali meets with two of his favorite clients in recent times: Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, but adds Shahid Kapoor to complete this trio of commendable acting talent.
Shahid is firm and imperturbable as Maharawal Ratan Singh, the ruler of Mewar, overflowing with Rajput pride. It brings a real aura to the character that guarantees it by gaining the trust and loyalty of the kingdom of Mewar and, more importantly, the heart of Rani Padmavati. Deepika is radiant as the Rajput Queen whose beauty, intelligence and courage move the whole plot once Alauddin Khilji becomes obsessed with her. The appeal of Padmavati beyond the surface is prominent after the interval, when his character comes to life and shows his range of performance. Ranveer as Alauddin Khilji is seen as a deranged barbarian sultan, consumed with a voracious libido of power and flesh. He unleashes an animal magnetism on the screen with a scarred face, eyes with kohl and a greased torso. The scenes between him and Shahid are some of the most exciting, since both flex their acting muscles at opposite ends of the moral spectrum. Besides them, Aditi Rao Hydari stands firm as the naive Mehrunissa who gets a rude awakening when she discovers the true nature of her husband Alauddin. Jim Sarbh is somewhat out of place as the Sultan’s general slave, unable to generate enough threat to eclipse his master’s. Nonetheless, the whole moves well in tune with Bhansali’s vision of this greater account than life.
The director’s mastery in increasing opulence and grandeur is well known, more distinguishable in 3D. The cinematographer Sudeep Chatterjee congratulates him for capturing beautifully a dazzling landscape. However, the effects in the action / war scenes do not meet the expectations posed by a movie of this scale. In addition, the songs do not do much to promote the narrative, apart from providing visual delight. Granted, it could work with a tauter script and a shorter execution time, but ‘Padmaavat’ is an entertaining and great play experience, brought to life with the touch of visual brilliance by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.