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25 Jan, 2018
2 hrs 43 mins
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Set in 1303 AD medieval India, Padmaavat is the story of honour, valour and obsession. Queen Padmavati is known for her exceptional beauty along with a strong sense of justice and is the wife of Maharawal Ratan Singh and pride of the Kingdom of Chittor, a prosperous kingdom in the north west of India.

The legend of her beauty reaches the reigning sultan of Hindustan-Allaudin Khilji. The sultan who is a tyrant, is fixated with wanting anything that is of exceptional beauty for himself. He lays siege on the impregnable fortress of Chittorgarh.

After a gruelling 6 months, he returns empty handed. He becomes obsessed and now wants to capture Chittor and its Queen at any cost. He returns with a bigger army and raging fury. He attacks Chittor with brutal force and a bloody and fearsome battle takes place between the righteous Maharawal Ratan Singh defending his kingdom and the honour of his Queen and Sultan Allaudin Khilji. Khilji manages to breach the fortress but it goes in vain as the Queen chooses to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect her dignity.
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Verdict: SLB proves his magic yet again. Padmaavat is one of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's dream projects, apart from Black and Bajirao Mastani. After the 2015 historical drama, he returns with two of his favorite actors - Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh - but this time, they are not cast opposite each other. Based on a poem by Malik ... ...Read full review
PADMAAVAT is a reaffirmation that Bhansali is capable of accomplishing incredible results if he refrains from getting overindulgent. In the past, the supremely talented storyteller had squandered off the opportunity [SAAWARIYA and GUZAARISH] not this time. The screenplay is focused; it piqued my interest and kept me involved in the narrative, while the characters are well-etched and powerfully portrayed. ...Read full review
Based on a Sufi poem of the same name written in 1540 by Malik Muhammad Jayasi, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has added his own flair and interpretation to `Padmaavat`, giving it a fairy-tale sheen. This makes all the controversy pointless, and pale in comparison to the spectacle that unfolds. Bhansali reunites with two of his favourite leads in recent times - Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, but adds Shahid Kapoor to complete this trio of commendable acting talent. ...Read full review
Written by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Prakash Kapadia, this surely is Bhansalis toughest work till date. From portraying the insanity of Ranveer Singh to keeping everything under a line as far as Rajput sensibilities are concerned. Its so brilliantly written film, even the dark situations have an underlying touch of humour. ...Read full review
Maharawal Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapoor) travels to the land of Singhal to get pearls for his wife Nagmati (Anupriya Goenka). There he meets Padmavati (Deepika Padukone) and instantly falls for her beauty. They marry and return to Chittor. Raghav Chetan, the guru of Maharawal Ratan Singh, tries to attack the king but is caught and exiled. He tells Khilji (Ranveer Singh) that Queen Padmavati is a woman of fabled beauty and brains and he should have her. Khilji begins his conquest but fails as she along with the women of Chittor commit Jauhar. ...Read full review
Padmaavat is story of Rani Padmavati (Deepika Padukone), Chittors Maharawal Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapoor) and Sultan of Delhi Allauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh). The makers in the very beginning of the movie have revealed that the film is based on an epic poem written in 1540 by Malik Muhammad Jayasi. Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khilji wants Rani Padmavati known for her ethereal beauty and he can go to any length to catch even a glimpse of her. What follows next is a story of courage, pride and valour. ...Read full review
Alaudin Khilji (Ranveer), the face of evil from the Khalji dynasty is power-drunk and fond of all things exquisite (nayaab). When he hears that the Chittor Queen Rani Padmavati is breathtakingly beautiful he wants to `possess` her. So, he wages war on her husband Maharwal Ratan Singh. Thus, begins one man`s battle for honour and the other`s battle for love. ...Read full review
The one thing that Padmaavat proves above everything else is the fact that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is an artist. The frames in his films are like masterful paintings. His vision fuels his obsession with history and hes the right man to recreate the rich and vivid history of India. Sadly, the politics of the country doesnt allow him the freedom he deserves. And Padmaavat proves that too. ...Read full review
Padmaavat, or the film formerly known as Padmavati, fits nicely within the impressive canon of filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali. After all, the legend of Sultan Alauddin Khiljis obsession for the unattainable Queen of Chittor, the wife of Maharawal Ratan Singh, Rani Padmavati, and her preference for death over dishonor, has all the sweep, melodrama, and tragedy that have become Bhansalis mainstay. ...Read full review
This film is not about Padmavati, the Rajputs or Alauddin Khilji. `Padmaavat` is all about Sanjay Leela Bhansali and how he saw an immensely profitable, entertaining Hindi film in a folk tale. It is not that Bhansali doesn`t care about authenticity it`s just that Bhansali`s definition of cinema is Bollywood, thus any script that he works on will eventually turn out to be a full blown commercial entertainer. Every shade, every emotion, every flavour and then some more. ...Read full review
Most of Bhansali films take into a larger-than-life world where his characters rule the screen space. The grandeur of his sets is a small indicator of the filmmakers vision. His canvas is huge and he expects his audience to witness this visual treat with a likewise mindset. Coming to his Padmaavat, well, the basic story is known to all by now. History repeats itself but this time to leave the viewers speechless. ...Read full review
In a battle scene, we find a fierce conqueror holding his horse while his troops charge ahead. As he stares fixedly at the cloud of dust rising from the point of collision, we wonder if his leading-from-behind war strategy has a nuance that doesn`t meet the eye. Just then, with a grimace and a cry, he bolts ahead, holding a spear in jabbing position and disappears in the curtain of dust. Soon, he emerges on the other side with a human head stuck at the end of his weapon as if he had forked up what he wanted from a buffet. ...Read full review
When asked to get an ostrich feather by his uncle Jalaluddin for his crown, Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh) walks into the court with the living bird itself and seeks his cousin Mehrunisa`s (Aditi Rao Hydari) hand for marriage in return for risking his life. He`s a man driven by power and flesh. ...Read full review
Padmaavat is sparkling, extravagant, dazzling, magnificent and wonderful. Its a feast for the eyes. It leaves you craving for something more meaningful than a mere re-telling of Jayasis poem. But it has enough to bedazzle you, so go for the sheen and Ranveer Singhs lunacy. After all, Padmaavat has passed so many hurdles to reach you. ...Read full review
Like his villain Alauddin Khilji, Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a director with a ravenous appetite. He has an insatiable hunger for drama, romance and above all, beauty. Early in Padmaavat, Khilji declares har nayab cheez par Allauddin ka haq hai. It could have been Sanjay speaking. Because above all, Padmaavat is a thing of beauty the rich fabrics, the jaw-dropping jewelery, the sumptuous, palatial interiors and of course, the sheer gorgeousness of the leads Deepika Padukone resplendent with her unibrow, the sculpted Shahid Kapoor who personifies nobility and Ranveer Singh who makes for one hell of a charismatic monster. ...Read full review