Padmaavat, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor is an undeniable masterpiece, a tribute to the valor and sacrifice of Rajputs and a visual extravaganza. The movie celebrates the courage of Rani Padmini and all of those live and die for their honor. Not only is it an extraordinary epic that could as well change the fate of Bollywood, it also has nothing objectionable in its content. The movie is adapted from the epic poem, Padmavat, written by Malik Muhammad Jayasi, and follows the Allauddin Khilji, an cruel emperor who hears about the unparalleled beauty of Padmini of Chittor, and lays siege to the city. Padmini, however, lives happily with her husband, Rana Ratan Singh, the king of Chittor. She’s graceful, honorable and dignified.
Ranveer Singh is extraordinary in the role of Allauddin Khilji. He’s repulsive, and cruel, single minded and oversexed. Ranveer plays Khilji with such flamboyance that he easily upends the first half in his favor, shredding everything to pieces. Rana Ratan and Padmini are given less to do, but that’s obviously because anything more sizzling or scandalous in their scenes could have raised hackles of the so called Karni Sena. Shahid Kapoor still makes an impact in his scenes, and even though he is given too many lines to valorise the Rajput community.
But, the movie belongs to the heartbreaking Deepika Padukone, who gives one of her best performances in Hindi cinema this decade. People might think that she has very less to do with a character that is literally meant to be a goddess. But no, even as she has less dialouge and scenes in the first half, she tears away the film from Khilji’s hungry hands and as the film builds to its jaw dropping finale, her eyes, containing all the pain, dignity and pride in the world will bowl anyone over. The end, belongs to her, as it should.
The movie looks gorgeous, and it could as well set a standard for epic movies in years to come, and the startling battle scenes are some of the best Bollywood has produced. All in, the movie is extraordinary, a masterpiece and a must watch.