Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmaavati, Shahid Kapoor as Maharaja Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji.. These are the central characters of the film, ‘Padmaavat.’ The film is produced on the basis of the poem ‘Padmaavat’ written by Malik Muhammad Jayasi. Sudeep Chatterjee has done the cinematography of the film. The film narrates an epic tale of the past. On one side, there’s Khilji, with an aggressive urge to conquer everything. On the other side, there’s Maharaja Ratan Singh, who happens to meet Padmaavati in a forest and goes on to marry her later. This is how the film takes off. Gradually the film enters the realm of kingdom, power and rule blended with war, love and deceit, mainly portrayed through the three main characters of the film.
Though the film cannot claim of unexpected twists, the film has, undoubtedly, got elements to engage the audience well. Deepika’s character has got very few conversations and speaking of performance, she does not have much to do except the last scenes. In other scenes, the Deepika’s character marks her presence through her looks and appearance alone. It does not go beyond that. Shahid has also rendered a composed and mature performance. Though the title of the film is ‘Padmaavat,’ this film literally unfolds the absolutely stunning performance of Ranveer Singh. His astounding performance in the film, which gives the audience unpredictable moments, putting the viewers on edge as to what would happen the next moment, is definitely the highlight of the film.
Ranveer fills the screen with his charismatic presence. On the whole, Ranveer Singh steals the show completely leaving behind all his co-stars. The scene where he has food with Ratan Singh, the scene where he is reacts to the message of Padmaavati.. all these scenes were welcomed with huge applauses in theatres. Technical wise, the camera and music of the film are outstanding. The film tells the story of kings and the war scenes, unlike Baahubali war scenes, are shot in a more realistic manner. The last scenes are excellent in the film. In some places, the graphics of the film stand out. The songs in the film are composed melodiously and presented very well in the film. The background music of the last scenes are very good.
The drawback of the film is the screenplay, which us not strong. The film, on the whole has a drama essence. It is only in the last scenes that the script is at least a bit powerful to influence and excite the audience. Otherwise, the film has a monotonous speed and a dramatic presentation all through. The film is adversely affected as all the other characters appear dazed before the powerful screen presence of Khilji. The film loses its element of enjoyment because of this. The film narrates the brave saga of the Rajputs. Some conversations strongly reflect this as well. This cinema also showcases the shrewd techniques of rulers, deceit and wars for women. When these aspects are portrayed on screen through colourful images, the film gets into a dramatic genre, thus spoiling the feel of the film. Above all, this film does not seem to have anything to spark controversy. It is only a film made out of a poem.
The film displays the much-sung valour of the Rajputs. The film portrays the much-heard wife of the Rajputs as well. Alauddin Khilji is shown as a villain all through the film. Certain developments do not seem effective in many parts of the film. Bhansali tells the story of Padmaavati in his own signature style. When comparing this film with the past films of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, this may present disappointment to a certain extent. However, this film can be watched to enjoy the superb performance of Ranveer Singh and also, watch the colourful folklore of Rajputs on screen.