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Padmaavat

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Critic Rating

6.1

27 Reviews
21 Ratings
57%
in favor

Audience Rating

6.8
7 Reviews
11 Ratings

Movie Info

Language

Hindi

Synopsis

The story of Alauddin Khilji, the second ruler of the Khilji dynasty, and his obsessive love for the queen of Mewar, Padmavati, renowned for her beauty, intellect and courage.Wikipedia

Padmaavat Reviews

7

...the film belongs to Ranveer Singh whose delicious performance is its biggest strength. The actor keeps you invested in the film even when it plods on for over two-and-a-half hours. I’m going with three out of five for the film and another half for his extraordinary performance, making it three-and-a-half out of five for Padmaavat.

Shubhra Gupta
Indian Express

5

If there’s one thing that keeps us from brooding too much, it is Ranveer Singh. Not once does he try to make us like him, and that makes us like him even more. As Bhansali’s Khilji, he is electric.

3

The problem lies not in Padmaavat being a costume drama, but in the fact that there is too much costume, too little drama. In the film's opening scene, we see a king chewing roughly on a piece of poultry. This is a surprisingly small, tandoori-sized handful of bird, nothing compared to the way we have, in international film and television, watched vikings gnaw at giant animal legs the size of motorcycles. Therein lies the problem. There's not nearly enough meat.

Anupama Chopra
FilmCompanion

5

I’m an admirer of Sanjay’s passion and rigour, of his operatic sensibility and his commitment to creating epics. He isn’t subtle but he always plays for broke. To steal a line from the poet Robert Browning – Sanjay’s reach always exceeds his grasp. That’s what a heaven’s for. This time he doesn’t quite get there.

Anupama Chopra
Film Companion

5

I’m an admirer of Sanjay’s passion and rigour, of his operatic sensibility and his commitment to creating epics. He isn’t subtle but he always plays for broke. To steal a line from the poet Robert Browning – Sanjay’s reach always exceeds his grasp. That’s what a heaven’s for. This time he doesn’t quite get there.

Rohit Vats
Hindustan Times

6

Padmaavat is sparkling, extravagant, dazzling, magnificent and wonderful. It’s a feast for the eyes. It leaves you craving for something more meaningful than a mere re-telling of Jayasi’s poem. But it has enough to bedazzle you, so go for the sheen and Ranveer Singh’s lunacy. After all, Padmaavat has passed so many hurdles to reach you.

Suparna Sharma
Deccan Chronicle

5

Padmaavat is offensively chauvinistic, blatantly right-wing, and quite unabashedly anti-Muslim.

Deccan Chronicle Team
Deccan Chronicle

5

It's pretty and partly absorbing but not quite exhilarating...This Bhansali magnum opus is the kind of film that tries too hard to get your attention in the runtime of almost three hours.

You want a story. You want good dialogue, not the corny words you are hearing.You want an emotional connect. You want a tighter film.Sadly, with Padmaavat, that's not what you get.

Neil Soans
Times Of India

8

Granted, it could do with a tauter screenplay and shorter run-time but 'Padmaavat' is an entertaining, large canvas experience, brought to life with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's stroke of visual brilliance.

Meena Iyer
DNA India

8

Padmaavat is definitely worth a watch, for its scale, story-telling and stellar performances from the lead.

Watch Padmaavat for its grandiose, beauty and Ranveer Singh! This is once in a lifetime kind of film which shouldn’t be missed in theaters. A personal note for Ranveer fans, you’re in for the best treat of your life.

7

Without the policing and the comprises, Padmavati would’ve been a lot better film. But Padmaavat isn’t anything less. This film is rich in detail, still tells a compelling story with grit and gumption. Sure, the verdict over the jauhar bit will always be open, but the build up to that moment is all class. For a film that doesn’t have a surprise for its ending, Padmaavat still manages to create a lot of thrill. It’s a must watch!

Subhash K Jha
SKJBollywoodNews

10

Padmaavat is  a work of illimitable splendor. The 3D format seems quite an unnecessary grandeur-enhancement device. When we  already have  so much to savour and imbibe why hanker for  more? This is a film so inured in irradiance and so steeped in splendor you will come away from  the experience exhilarated and satiated.This is  a movie so epic in proportion it stands tall among the great  films of all time about love and war  . In Bhansali, we have  our own David Lean.Padmavati proves it.

I'm not sure whether to feel bad for or be critical of Bhansali. But here's the thing (hello Karni Sena, I am talking to you): your disappointment and disapproval of a film can coexist with the film itself. You can watch a film, and disagree with it, but still not hold a country to ransom. Just a thought.

Audience Reviews for Padmaavat

  • Shashwat Sisodia
    Shashwat Sisodia
    240 reviews
    Top Reviewer
    6

    Walking the history in style

    'Padmaavat' is a surely valiant effort. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is ever-popular for magnificence his work carries. The aesthetic and glamour walk hand-in-hand with a charming love story which works with superb story-telling.
    'Padmaavat' succeeds in this. The first half is especially an intriguing, effortless display of royalty and narrative strands pulled off. But at the end of the first half itself you start getting idea of what has to come in the second half. And the problems woth 'Padmaavat' just wrap your seat in the second half.
    You know the story already: it has been penned variously, the more popular one belonging to Malik Muhammad Jaisi, the Awadhi version being the claimed source material to this one.
    While I can't say how aunthetical is it as an an adaptation, I must say this Bhansali version is very contemporary. And that's good. The characters aren't delving into artificiality, and still their lives are flights of fancy. The film has blazing ideas about infidelity, homosexuality and feminism, and they are personified in the well etched out characters like Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji and Malik Kafur.
    The performances are superb. Shahid Kapoor is more than a sensual king as Rana Ratan Singh, though he and Anupriya Goenka (as Ratan's first wife, the template Bhansali first love Maharani Nagmati) are given little screen work.
    Deepika Padukone's role as Maharani Padmavati, although a little too less to be her story, gives the feminist identity of the glorious Rajput queen and totally nails everything from her style to her slick words, penned by Prakash Kapadia.
    But the magical performance of the film has been delivered by Alauddin Khilji. As the Delhi Sultan who is treacherous and evil, he personifies an unlikeable likeability, like he will act in an indie film of sorts. His expressive passion to conquer the best of beauties is something so admirable, he is actually one of the best performers of the year. For sure.
    But the film, especially in the second half, is a total drag. While it continues the majestic saga with conviction, its characters don't lift off as they could have. Raghav Chetan's character especially loses fizz. The combat scenes are clumsy and second-rate show.
    But still, Ranveer's performance as Khilji is enough for you to root with the film in all its flaws. I'm going with 3 stars out of 5 and going as far to say that it's one of the better Hindi films of the year. I will recommend that you see it. It's an unusal Bhansali film.

    September 21, 19
  • Midhun Ben Thomas (Dilseben)
    Midhun Ben Thomas (Dilseben)
    160 reviews
    Top Reviewer
    7

    Padmaavat review: "Impressive tribute....so why have the Karni Sena gone bonkers ???"

    Last couple of months had seen violence unleashed in various parts of the country over the release of "Padmaavat". So much so, it had to be postponed by a month & required the involvement of the Supreme Court to hit the screens. Even then there has been no dearth of atrocities with one incident being the stones pelted on a school bus in Gurugram. Incidentally, ever since the project was announced, it had run into rough weather with the Karni Sena who assumed (by their own figment of imagination) that Sanjay Leela's depiction of Rani Padmini wasnt accorded the honour it deserved. So were their arguments valid ???

    The film unfolds in the 13th century where Jalaluddhin Khilji (Raza Murad) puts an end to the Mamluk dynasty& establishes himself as the first ruler of the Khilji dynasty. He was assisted in his endeavours by his nephew and son-in-law. Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh). After Alauddin thwarts the Mongol invasion on the Delhi Sultanate & conducts an unsanctioned raid on Devagiri, his uncle rewards him with a slave Malik Kafur (Jim Sarbh). But Alauddin had his eyes on a bigger prize & kills his uncle to usurp the throne. In another part of the land, Maharawal Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapoor) married the Singala princess Padmavati (Deepika Padukone) & brought her to Mewar. The news of her beauty & intelligence, travelled far & wide and it also reached the ears of Alauddin. As he always craved for unique creations, he decided to acquire Rani Padmini by any means possible. But the Rajput valour & honour was something he had not fathomed.

    Based on the epic poem "Padmavat" written in the 16th century by the Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi, the story is a concoction of fact & fiction. Even the historical authenticity of the events mentioned in the poem itself cant be verified as Jayasi himself had mentioned that he had made up the story and related it.Whatever might be the case, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has made an excellent movie in terms of richness, elegance & sheer scale. But the plot as such is rather thin & the pace is sluggish at times. However, it still keeps us engrossed courtesy of Sanjay's mastery over his craft & the build up as well as execution of jauhar in the climax deserves special praise.

    On the technical side, it is top notch in pretty much all the departments be it the visuals by Sudeep Chatterjee, costumes by Harpreet, Maxima, Chandrakant & Ajay or the art direction by Subrata Chakraborthy & Amit Ray. The BGM by Sanchit Balhara was in sync with the mood of the movie while the music tracks by Sanjay Leela were also decent. When it comes to performance, Ranveer Singh was brilliant as the flamboyant nasty no holds barred Khilji. Deepika Padukone has done an impressive job as well along with Shahid Kapoor. As for the rest, each & everyone of them have done justice to their roles.

    Verdict: Without a shadow of doubt, the film is a brilliant tribute to the valour & principles of the Rajput clan. I seriously fail to understand why Karni Sena is creating all this ruckus as the Rajputs & Rani Padmini are shown in the best way possible. Despite the restrictions, the film has fared decently at the box office & should continue to attract attention at the box office. In short, surely check it out!!!



    Rating: 3.5/5



    Regards...Ben



    January 28, 18
  • Tejas Nair
    Tejas Nair
    249 reviews
    Top Reviewer
    6

    Padmaavat is a craftsman's joy and depicts a lot of elements that currently dictate the world. It's a tragedy film that emphasizes on all the hate and crime that is around us, and concludes that there is only one solution. Watch Padmaavat for the grand production, Ranveer Singh and his character's wickedness, and for a reminder about this tragedy called life. TN.

    January 26, 18
  • Ajay lawyer
    Ajay lawyer
    85 reviews
    Top Reviewer
    7

    Appreciable

    truly shahid n his character makes the movie normal,infront of fantastic performer of ranveer,u should choose ultimate person like hrithik or so.n there should be one big n strong fight between their armies.

    January 26, 18