A review by Faisal Malpe

Movie Name: padmavat

Cast: Deepika Padukone, Ranveer singh, Shahid Kapoor, Aditi Rao Hydari.

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali


Being a discourse of freedom of speech; induced in political and blatant tv discussion, finally the most awaited and highly marketed (thanks to Shri Rajput Karni Sena) Padmavat is out, which urged violent mob to be well-versed historians and saviours of Indian culture. With aesthetic sets and eloquent cinematography along with wonderful acting and perceiving dialogues, it strived to grab the attention of viewer; leaving several doubts in minds.

Padmavat is mostly based on poem padmavat written in 14th-century Malik Muhammad Jayasi which is claimed as fictional.The story-line of padmavat revolves around the fight between ethics and immoral, virtue and evil, good and bad which is no new to Indian viewers.

Its Jalaluddin Khilji’s (Raza Murad) realm, comes Alauddin Khilji with chain cuffed ostrich while he was asked to bring ostrich’s feathers, grabbing the attention by his exotic entry and projection of fearless attribute. It goes on, Alauddin rebels Jalaluddin his uncle and sits on a throne.He is not just thirsty for the throne but also embedded with peculiar and unjust manners.

His chase for Padmavati,queen of mewar, known for her sparkling beauty, begins as he listens to the exaggerated beauty of Padmavati by a dejected Rajput spiritual head Raghav Chetan. Alauddin Khilji with his mighty and cruel army marches towards Mewar to capture Padmavati. But his plans to reach Padmavati gets foiled repeatedly.

Bhansali maintains a balanced build up among three major roles and are very well scripted. As this, a  fiction story renders parallels in Ramayana and Mahabharata, a typical king, queen and enemy characters.This movie ponders in-depth, the manners Muslim king and Rajput king, where Alauddin is projected as fanatic meat eater, a tyrant and cynical ruler who is thirsty for sexual pleasures and wants to grab the Rajputana land whereas the Rajput king is upright, gentle, obeys Rajput code of ethics, governed by morals and a perfect king.

Obviously, Bhansali fuelled the prejudice blown out by Hindu right, Muslims are outsiders, invaded India for wealth, depleted our resources and culture and took away our women. On the other side, bhansali found upholding the Rajputana flag, boasting the courage of rajputs and celebrating Rajput community which underlines the thought processes of Hindu supremacist.

It is very difficult to make over why the fringe groups creating chaos while the padmavat presents Rajputs as heroes, and enlightens the audience about the Rajputana code of ethics, as its most opt word in 160 min movie.

A 14th century old poem padmavat redifined with spetacular sets and magnificent acting. It persuade the distinctive perception of love for different people.After all, along with the movie came along high reality dramas, political statements, courts interference and vandalised streets. At last,my message to sena is Sanjay Leela Bhansali is your ally, promoting aan baan shan of rajputs.


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