Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Behind the Screens:
Padmaavat is the most controversial film in Indian Cinema today after the allegations of insults on Rajput women. The situation is out of hands that the movie title had to be changed from Padmavathi to Padmaavat and some states have even banned the film. Let us see how the movie has fared with the audience.
Rani Padmavati (Deepika Padukone) gets married to Raval Ratan Singh (Shaheed Kapoor) and she is brought to Chittod Kingdom. When they are in private space, Raja Guru sees them and gets banished from the country. Seething in anger, he joins hands with Delhi Sultan Allauddin Khiliji (Ranveer Singh). Raval Ratan Singh is deceived in the battle in the name of true and is brought to Delhi as Prisoner. Rest of the story is all about how Padmavati saves herself and her kingdom from Khiliji.
Deepika Padukone has excelled in the role of Rani Padmavati. She delivered as if no others can fit in the role. Ranveer Singh breathed life into the role of Allauddin Khiliji. We often relate to the character. Some places we get terrified and in some places, we even want to kill him. Shahid Kapoor is good as Ratan Singh. Rest of the characters are okay.
It is always beneficial if the director himself is the music director for a film. For this reason, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s films are musical extravaganzas. The tunes are excellent and so is the background score. The cinematography is excellent and Visual Effects are awesome. Art Direction is Superb. Bhansali is successful as a director as well. Trying such a challenging story is really commendable.
Padmaavat is a real story but there are several versions of history and the challenge is to make a film acceptable to people like Karni Sena. Bhansali did that without taking any risk. Coming to the story, the real story of Khiliji eyeing Chittod Kingdom begins only at the interval. The director has taken a long time to arrive there. But then a good screen-play ensured that it is not boring. The visual grandeur also helped him.
The second half is an emotional ride. The scenes between Padmavati and Khiliji are carefully handled. Khiliji never sees Padmavati in the whole film, the screen-play ensures that it is well-handled. Padmavati’s intelligence in freeing Ratan Singh and the climax of entering the flames are breath-taking, to say the least. Bhansali etched Padmavaat as a classic and all these agitations are simply mindless.
Padmaavat – The Valour and Self-Respect of Rajput Women
Cast: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, and Others
Writing and Direction: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Producer: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Music: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Cinematographer: Sudeep Chatterjee
Editor: Jayant Jadhar, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, and Akiv Ali
Banner: Bhansali Productions and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Release Date: January, 25th, 2018