Padmaavat Review: Now Read The Final Word!

Purnima Gupta
12:10 PM

About Padmaavat movie, enough has been said. Enough has been done. Enough has been written about a historical event which happened in the past. History cannot be re-written. What happened in the past shall forever remain in the past. History is enrapturing when it picturizes a fictional historical event associated with valor, love, obsession, and defeat.

Rechristened from Padmavati to Padmaavat, no movie in the history of Bollywood must have faced such violent rush until today. Padmavati, the queen of Chittor. She was the most significant character of Malik Mohammad Jayasi’s fictional creation “Padmaavat”. A Rajput warrior queen of 14th century medieval India, she hailed from the Singhal kingdom of Sri Lanka. Padmavati has been fantasized and dramatically etched in a poem of Jayasi written between 14-15the centuries. Jayasi was a Sufi poet and lived until 1540 CE. The poem also depicts the siege of Chittor by the Mughal ruler Alauddin Khilji. The existence of queen Padmini or Padmavati however, has been clearly rejected by modern historians.

To say Padmaavat movie is an epic would be an ‘understatement.’ Padmaavat is ‘stupendously made,’ again will undermine Bhansali’s magnum opus. We would describe Padmaavat movie as a ‘passion.’ A passion of director to portray the characters of history, he feels deeply connected to.

Bollywood movie Padmaavat directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali is an extraordinary creation just like Jayasi’s poem. Padmaavat is a saga depicting love, bravery, pain, sacrifice, and defeat. Not that the movie is majestically made amid a large & expensive canvas but because of its sheer portrayal of characters, that Padmaavat is a clear winner. More than the protests and violence surrounding the movie.

His portrayal of this fictional historical event will make people watch the Padmaavat movie again and again. He is a not an ordinary storyteller. He depicts! His characters enhance the plot.

 About Padmaavat Movie Plot

Padmaavat movie surprises the audiences. The screenplay is majestic and quite original. The pomp and show are far less than what audiences might be anticipating from Bhansali. The screenplay is also, not over the top and the costumes are grounded, not created just for the sake of it. With Padmaavat, Bhansali holds on to the sheer portrayal of characters and building up of the plot. This proves as the strongest point of the movie.

There is narration to connect audiences and help them advance with the narration. Bhansali has spent time in etching out all three central characters – Maharawal Ratan Singh, Rani Padmavati, and Alauddin Khilji. There are characters like Raghav Chetan, a saint who paved way for the siege of Chittorgarh.

The screenplay builds the momentum which leads to a magnificent closure of the saga. Though some scenes look like pulling back the pace of the storyline, however, step by step Padmaavat movie draws to an end, know to all but not seen. Bhansali’s passionate depiction helps connect with the three central characters.

Maharawal Ratan Singh has been finely enacted by Shahid Kapoor, who is one of the most underrated actors of Bollywood. The clear lines in his character of a Rajput king who rules with his own set of principles are simply awesome. Though, he portrayed the ruler of the defeated side, there is dignity attached to his character. One just cannot write off Maharawal Ratan Singh. The love between queen Padmavati and Maharaja shown in the Padmaavat is pious.

Rajputs were brave and shall always remain. Their greatness and valor are far bigger than a movie. Taking the enemy swords on the chest on the battlefield is not easy, especially when war is being forced on the kingdom without any sin. Rajputs went through the barbarism of Mughal conquerors and stood up to protect their kingdom. Padmaavat shows this emotion very clearly and concisely without any adulteration.

Alauddin Khilji is shown a barbarian. Scarred face, rugged clothing and long hair try hard to prove that Alauddin Khilji was not a friend. In the Padmaavat movie, he showcased the negative side of Mughal dynasty in India. His obsession with himself and his desire to possess every beautiful thing in this world is shocking. He portrayed how the Mughals came to conquer and rule rather than administratively develop the Indian subcontinent during the medieval period. According to the popular folklore, Mughal rulers were known for their barbaric treatment; chopping off heads, building minarets with human heads and looting of villages. Very few actually contributed to the progress of India. Most of them tried to establish their rule by crushing peaceful Hindu kings who could not stay united against the rising Mughal Sultanate.

Lastly, Rani Padmavati’s character has been justifiably portrayed by Deepika Padukone. Here, we are a bit disappointed as she fails to exuberant the royalty and aura which Rani Padmavati must have carried. Her dialogues are powerful and repetition of the word “Rajput Kshatrani” provides well-deserved dignity to her character in the Padmaavat. We think that the force and extremity of a Rajput queen’s looked missing according to the storyline. However, the movie displays clever side of the queen to defeat the enemy in the first half, which is appreciable.

Rani Padmavati’s love act with Maharawal Ratan Singh shadowed the fierceness of her character. The concluding part with the burning pyre is an agonizing act. It displays both Rani Padmavati’s sacrifice for love and dignity of her husband and kingdom, both at the same time. The heroic act of Jauhar also depicts the helplessness of the Rajput queen. The scene is heart-wrenchingly presented. Deepika managed to pull off a Padmavati who sacrificed for love, dignity, and pride of her kingdom, with finesse.

As a complete package, the movie shall remain incomparable. It is a never seen before saga and lingers on in one’s mind. Some might find nothing extraordinary in the plot unless they watch it with the same passion, as with the movie is made. Padmaavat is a strong disposition of a story teller’s passion for his work. Watch it for knowing the characters of Maharawal Ratan-Sen, Rani Padmavati, and Alauddin Khilji. And understanding the pillars of history on which India stands today and will continue to stand tomorrow.

Disclaimer: This review does not intend to prove any historical event or distort any historical fact. It is solely based on the Bollywood movie Padmaavat, which is a work of fiction.

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