Film Padmavat is based on a Sufi poem of the same name written in 1540 by Malik Muhammad Jayasi. Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has added his own talent and interpretation to 'Padmaavat', giving it a fairy-tale type narration. Bhansali reunites with Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, but adds Shahid Kapoor to complete the saga of queen Padmavati in his creative and innovative way.
The tale of Queen Padmavati and Sultan Alauddin Khilj’s aspiration for her has been explored in the past on the small screen in historical shows, but when Sanjay Leela Bhansali takes up such a project, one can be assured that the tale will achieve a cult status.
As per story, Rani Padmavati (Deepika Padukone) - the wife of Maharawal Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapoor), is known for her beauty and valour in 13th century India. She captures the fancy of the ruling Sultan of Delhi, the autocrat Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh), who becomes obsessed with her and goes to great lengths to satisfy his greed. While on a trip to Sri Lanka to search for valuable pearls, Rawal Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapoor) runs into Princess Padmavati and promptly falls in love with her. By the time you help yourself to some popcorn, the wooing bit is done and Ratan has wedded Padmavati and brought her home to Chittorgarh.
In the meantime, in distant Afghanistan, an aspiring warlord Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh) embarks on a mission to capture the throne of the Delhi Sultanate after killing his own uncle Jalaluddin (Raza Murad). When Ratan expels the royal priest for disrespecting him and Padmavati, he lands up in Alauddin’s court and tells him of an unachievable beauty named Padmavati, who will be the key to his destiny as the ‘second Alexander’ setting in motion a bloody campaign to obtain Padmavati through war.
In the film, from the first frame, it is noticeable that the movie belongs to Ranveer Singh. As the immoral Alauddin Khilji, Ranveer is cheerfully evil and maniacal in his intensity to be as bad as possible. It is really a sheer delight to see Singh as a brutal Sultan.
Deepika is attractive enough and tries to make her character as womanly and gracious as possible, but she comes across as too low-spirited in quite a few scenes and for some reason, she seems to have moist eyes in almost each scene, regardless of the situation. Shahid Kapoor as Rawan Ratan Singh shows off his muscled torso, but is no match for Ranveer Sigh’s indefatigable energy. Shahid is inept to match up to Ranveer and the clash between them doesn’t seem like that of between equals. Jim Sarbh as Khilji’s slave Malik Kafur, puts in a rock-solid performance while Aditi Rao Hydari as Alauddin’s long suffering wife is good in her presence.
Film Padmaavat is magnificent, over-the-top, outstanding and visually appealing like all of Bhansali’s movies. The movie goes on and on about Rajput valour and gallantry only. Cinematographer Sudeep Chatterjee compliments him by beautifully capturing some jaw-dropping scenery. All special effects, costumes and other technical departments support to tale in an impressive way. All songs are surely a visual delight.
But, the climactic ‘jauhar’ scene has been overstretched enough and the war scene between Khilji and Ratan Singh could have been choreographed in better way, but overall, all the elements are intertwined greatly as per tale.
In general, film Padmavat is worthy to watch for Ranveer Singh’s best performance and satisfactory entertainment quotient.