What’s Good: Ranveer Singh by far and Deepika Padukone following him behind
What’s Bad: The romance and the over-dramatized bravery of the Rajputs and the slow pace at which everything unfolds
Popcorn Break: Whenever there is no Ranveer Singh on screen
Watch or Not: Watch it, it is an epic for the big screen viewing
Trade Talk: The openings are sensational and a solid weekend is assured. There is a considerable amount to be recovered, so it is a good start for a long journey ahead. As of now, things point at not enough gas to complete the journey.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat is his least spectacle like on screen. Everything is toned down and is a lot of darkness. It is only if we look closer and pay attention to the details, that the grandness would hit us. That is all concerning the visuals, but the director has much more at play here than just glittering visuals.
The basic story is well etched from a poem and piece of history known to a large section. Of course, we have to keep aside the historical accuracies. The long and detailed introductory messages should make that clear. Coming back to the narrative, Sanjay Leela Bhansali neatly conceives the bravery of Rani Padmavati and the character of Khilji. They give us the engaging portions in this lengthy spectacle.
Everything looks spectacular including the parts mentioned above. But one crucial thing is missing, and that is the heart. The romance between the lead Rajput characters is missing. The failure in developing a likeliness towards the nature of Maharawal Ratan Singh is a lot to do with it. We never feel any sense of pain or fear of losing with him. The over-glorification of the bravery as said above is the reason for that. The lack of vulnerability makes one disconnect with the proceedings.
Still, it is a credit to the director that he manages to convince us of the pain through the characters of Ranveer and Deepika and that too within minutes before the ending of the movie. The climax sequence is excellent, if only it had the emotional depth getting into it, the impact of final moments would have been extraordinary. As it is, we have a decent one time watch kind of film with what is present before us.
Music by Sanjay Leela Bhansali is good, and it goes with the flow. It is a slick production with all the crafts working in unison for a spectacular looking product.
Final Conclusion: Ranveer Singh’s mad antics and Deepika Padukone’s alluring charm are enough for one time visit to the cinemas.