Padmavat movie review: Padmavati now Padmavat may at first feel like one of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s weaker films in the zone of Saawariya, yet it towers high and stands tall as one of the greatest historical or mythological films made across the world. Give it time and this is one film that is bound to stand the test of time and grow on you with every watch. After Ram Leela and Bajirao Mastani, Bhansali and Ranveer Singh deliver another masterful artistic creation.
The frames are too large and the canvas too huge in Padmavat for the characters and actors to stand out, and therein lies the problem. So your first watch will most obviously turn out to be all about the grand visuals, sets, colors, larger-than-life sequences and emotions – and you may leave the hall wondering what the characters really went through and whether you actually connected with their feelings. Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone fall flat in all this mesmerizing scenery and visual spectacle. The only actor who manages to beat even this lavish splendor is Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khalji. He makes evil look so beautiful that one wonders and even starts hooting for him at so many points in the film. And this is where probably Bhansali should be blamed as well – for glorifying evil for the sake of entertainment and mass excitement. However, it doesn’t mean you don’t hate Khalji – as a viewer while you will enjoy his theatrics and over-the-top dialogue delivery, there are moments when you just wish he dies – but then something inside knocks and say – wait, but he is the most interesting part of the story, so let him live.
Bhansali exposes his intention with the very first sequence by introducing Alauddin Khalji – that Padmavat is going to be a story and film told from Khalji’s perspective and viewpoint and not Padmavati’s. The first half is all about two story lines running parallel – introducing Khalji and Padmavati respectively in their life zones and geographies. Before the interval, Padmavat is more like a docu-drama creating a build up for the moment when Khalji’s and Padmavati’s destinies cross paths, and the conflicts and wars begin.
The second half is when the film gains grip, and the pace picks up dramatically, where Bhansali comes into his form, and delivers a power packed performance-driven historical extravaganza laced with high octave background score and songs.
Sham Kaushal can never disappoint when it comes to historical war action sequences – he is a master at it.
Among other actors, Aditi Rao Hydari and Jim Sarbh are a treat to watch. Raza Murad in a small role leaves an impact thanks to his amazing voice. Watch out for these two songs – Khalibali and Binte Dil – the whole Persian and Arabian music influence here is worth cherishing and experiencing.
We would strongly discourage watching Padmavat in 3D, as the film is not really made for this experience, hence it can be a straining viewing some times. 2D or 3D – whatever format you choose – don’t miss Padmavat. This is what cinema and the big screen was invented for – the larger-than-life experience.