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A royal family, its powerful king, beautiful queen, their magnificent kingdom and a villain who interferes in their true love story, is what Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s films are about. But his each story has a different twist and a breathtaking climax.
Padmaavat, formally known as Padmavati, is Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s one of the historical collections on screen, set in 1303 AD medival India. It is based on the poem of the 16th Century Sufi Poet ‘Malik Muhammad Jayasi’, which describes the consequences of honor, valor and obsession.
It is the story of the queen of Chittorgarh, known as Padmavati (Deepika Padukone), who was a lady with eminence because of her exceptional beauty along with the strong sense of justice. She was married to one of the most rightful Rajput kings ‘Maharawal Ratan Singh’ (Shahid Kapoor). But somehow, the reigning sultan of Hindustan-Allaudin Khilji (Ranveer Singh) was made aware of the legend of Queen Padmavati’s beauty. Allaudin Khilji was a tyrant, known to be obsessed of wanting all beautiful things in the world, which included beautiful women, with a lust in his eyes, as well. And immediately after realizing the queen’s elegance, Khilji marches towards the prosperous kingdom of Chittor with his brutal force. However, after a gruelling 6 months, he returns empty handed. This is when the consequence of having obsession is articulated as Khilji then became desperate to acquire not only the Queen but the kingdom as well. And therefore, he attacked Chittor, which led to a bloody and fearsome battle with the righteous Maharawal Ratan Singh, defending his kingdom and the honor of his queen. In the end, Khilji managed to breach the fort of Chittor, but that did not won him his desires as the Queen Padmavati, to protect her dignity, decided to sacrifice her life and committed Jauhar.
Just like Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s previous films, Padmaavat depicted his style of direction, with the detailing of each element, be it huge or small i.e. the cinematography, costumes, make-up, etc. which were as royal as the story and as the description from the 16th Century. While considering the performances by the actors, which were flawless in all without a doubt, Ranveer Singh gave breath to the fixated Khilji. His appearance along with the actions justified the demands of the character. On the other hand, Deepika being the beautiful Queen Padmavati, was finely able to express the power, courage and strength of a Rajput Queen. Shahid Kapoor was no wonder on screen after almost a year, but his performance was no less than the best, even though it was his first time of being a Rajput King.
In spite of all the controversies going on for a couple of months, this film stole the hearts of many, with of course the Bhansali Style, without any prejudice and just picturing the art of the 16th century. According to me it is a fantastic movie and definitely worth watching!