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Padmaavat Movie Review | Ranveer Singh’s evil act is the only beating heart of this otherwise deadpan drama

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Padmaavat Movie Review

Resplendent costumes, beautifully lit frames, gorgeous cinematography and stunning actors, somewhere in the middle of all this, is a story that has no impact on you whatsoever. At the end of this exhausting Magnum Opus, the only emotion I felt was that of frustration and bewilderment as to how, in the 21st century, can a filmmaker glorify a horrific social evil that took centuries to be eradicated. It is beyond me why Sanjay Leela Bhansali chose to tell this story and even if he did, why tell it like this !

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Thousands of women, with a smile on their faces, jumping into fire, why show a pregnant woman and a little girl, as a part of this Jauhar committing lot. What is one trying to communicate with that shot ? The bravery of the little girl or of the fetus that is yet unborn ?



Barring this puzzling and ridiculous approach to this story, there’s nothing much to talk about this boring, insipid film. The 150 minutes of the film are filled with stereotypes reiterating the valor of the Rajputs. Now, if this overtly reverential depiction is a defense mechanism against the ones with ‘ hurt ‘ sentiments or just his failure as a storyteller, is a debate for another day.

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If there’s anything to discuss about, it is Ranveer Singh’s insane portrayal of Khilji. Ranveer revels in the range of madness and cruelty Khilji possesses. At times, he looks like a Tiger possessed by an insatiable ghost. It is not the character as much the brilliance of the actor. He infuses this evil beast with such antiques that it is hard to look away when he is on screen. He wears black, kills family and is hinted to be bisexual. Shahid’s Rana Raval Singh wears white, protects his family and the Rajput pride with great earnestness. The costume choice for these two characters sums up the Director’s treatment of the story. It is either Black or White, there is no complexity whatsoever. It is ironic how a visually colorful film like this can be utterly black and white in its character treatment.

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All the interesting bits in the film involve Ranveer Singh, and there not many. Jim Sarbh, who plays Khilji’s loyal-to-death companion, is a unique performer. “Khilji ke Begum hi samjhiye ” a character says, referring to Jim Sarbh’s character Malik Kafur. (Hinting about their sexual orientation). I wish we see more of this actor. Both Ranveer and Jim Sarbh are acting beasts of a different kind. When they are in a frame with others in the film, it is like they do not belong to this world and have only descended to unleash havoc over it.



It is impossible for a story to work or have a grip over the audience’s attention if the audience do not know why a character is doing what it is doing. The audience has to completely buy into the decisions the characters are making or at least understand the reasons behind their decisions. But in this film, almost every decision made by the Rajput king is self-contradictory to his statements or ‘ usool ‘ and off all, the scene where Padmavati asks her husband’s ‘ permission ‘ to die and how the husband responds to it, is the most ridiculous bit of the film.

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Great visuals, good acting is all there is to admire. It surely will not offend any group’s sentiments but will surely bore the hell out.

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Kandi Sachin Venkoba

Kandi Sachin Venkoba is a strong believer in the significance of cinema in building a society. Naturally drawn towards films dealing in the dynamics of human relations. Always open to all kinds of films/TV series that tell compelling and relevant stories. Favourite TV Series, Black Mirror; highly original and daunting.
He believes that every person we come across has several stories to tell, we just need to tap the surface and the stories shall slowly fly out; just get hold of one and tell it. He aspires to tell stories, be it in words on a piece of paper or with a camera, on the big screen.

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  • Brilliant piece of review writing Mr.Sachin. SLBhansali must be feeling that some body walked over his grave. Thanks for saving the thousands from suffering nonsense. You have made short work of ridiculous film.

  • The movie is weak on story level, shahid-deepika love chemistry missing they both doesn’t look convincing as a couple together. Shahid is miscast in the movie (siddharth or saif would have been good choice for ratan singh role). Ranvers performance is USP of the movie, deepika shines in all her individual scenes (scenes without shahid). grandeur sets, background score and dialogues are quiet impressive. the rest of the supporting cast has done justice with their parts very well. I agree with 3.5/5 stars.

  • Very comprehensive review…the critic has Perfectly analysed the characters , costumes, dialogues etc and scribbled the comments…he has bright future in this field..

  • Very comprehensive review…movie goers should see the critic’s comments before watching..the critic has bright future..

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