It is almost like the film ‘Padmaavat’ has become synonymous with the term ‘controversy’. While Karni Sena continues its protests, the film released across the country barring 9 states like Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and more.
Padmaavat is a saga of the legendary queen Padmini, the king of Chittorgarh Raja Ratan Singh and Turkish-Afghan ruler Alauddin Khilji. Their characters in the film are portrayed just like they should have been.
The film opens with a disclaimer that sati is not encouraged in the movie and informing the audience that ‘Padmaavat’ is based on the poem by the same name written by Malik Muhammad Jayasi and has no relation whatsoever with real people and incidents.
Here are 5 reasons why you should watch Padmaavat:
1. For its grandeur and depiction of the characters from history:
It does not in anyway, humiliate the pride of Rajputs, it is in fact, a beautiful display of their pride and grandeur.
The movie is like a love letter to the Rajput community, often talking about their ‘aan, baan and shaan’. You should watch the film to have a glimpse into the life of the royals of Rajasthan. The breath-taking sets and certain aerial shots of Chittorgarh fort are surreal. Rani Padmavati is portrayed as a goddess until the end. The kesari colour of the Rajputs fills the film.
2. For the exceptional acting of not only the lead stars but also the supporting ones:
The characters played by Jim Sarbh and Aditi Rao Hydari stand-out in spite of their little screen time.
Deepika Padukone does a good job as ‘Padmini’. She portrays the beautiful, intelligent and brave queen very well. The very first shot in the film which shows Padukone is in the jungles of ‘Singhal’ which is a visual delight. Shahid Kapoor, once again, does complete justice to his role and does not go overboard with his expressions. The part he played for a Rajput king was executed very well by him. He shines whenever he says ‘pan’ in Rajasthani accent. Ranveer Singh’s acting has been praised in the film and he is excellent is portraying the role of the ruthless Khilji ruler. His character is better written than the characters of others. Also, watch the film for Mehrunissa (Aditi Rao Hydari) and Malik Kafur (Jim Sarbh), they have supported the film well. Raghav Chetan’s character in the movie serves a key to the drama that unfolds gradually.
3. For its cinematography and exceptional imagination:
The highlight of the film is the climax.
Like most Sanjay Leela Bhansali films, the imagination of this movie is almost perfect. Sudeep Chatterjee’s cinematography is awe-inspiring delivering some excellent shots from great angles. The war scenes are imagined and executed in a way that they would linger in your mind after a long time. The climax scene is the highlight of the entire movie. Unlike most films that have a hurried climax, this one takes it time and serves as the right ending. This is where Padukone shines the most.
4. To realise that the controversy of the film is far from the truth:
There is no dream sequence and there is nothing controversial.
The film might seem a bit long, dragging at some places, it still offers a great cinematic experience. No, Khilji never sees the queen’s face. She is not depicted as a ‘nachnewali’ and is always portrayed with respect and grace. There is no humiliation of the Rajputs or glorification of Alauddin Khilji. Khilji is shown as a dark character right from the very first scene in the film. Also, not only Rajput men but Rajput women are shown are great warriors, who fight their own war off the battlefield. ‘Rajputi kangan me utni hi takat hai jitni Rajputi talvaar me’. And yes, Padukone’s waist is covered during the Ghoomar song.
5. For the music:
The background score is much better than the songs in the film.
The film has two songs that have succeeded in making an impact – Ek Dil Ek Jaan & Ghoomar. Even Arijit Singh’s Binte Dil didn’t touch the hearts of the audiences as much as the background music did. Especially the ‘Rani Sa’ theme music that plays in the background in the climax. The background music adds to the intensity of every dialogue delivered, making you feel as if you are witnessing the drama not in reel but for real. Special mention to the costumes of all three lead characters – it is well-thought of.
A 3D experience for Padmaavat is recommended. Go watch it!