Padmaavat (2018) Extended Film Review

Film Reviews

 

Recently, I watched ‘Padmaavat’ (2018). A film mired in controversy but certainly worth the watch and wait. It’s overall dialogues, characters and costumes were beautifully presented and captured, that I had to go back and watch it again. With some of this year’s finest performances from Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, Padmaavat should definitely not be missed and certainly should be added to one’s watch list right now.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali returns with another body of work which certainly meets expectation if not exceeding it. For Bhansali, love saga’s have also been the directors fortay, considering many of his films are romance saga’s. He is a director who relies on emotional depth, stunning dialogue and intricately constructed scenes. Whether he features two doomed lovers coming together, a lovers plight or even a war between two states. Bhansali is coherent, fluid and a master creator when it comes to showcasing indian culture through costume, make up, dialogue and of course well built up characters. This can certainly be seen in his latest film ‘Padmaavat’.

“Padmaavat” is based on the Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s ballad of the same name and narrates the story of Rani Padmini of Chittor, who performed Jauhar when Alauddin Khilji invaded Chittor. The Jauhar scene in the film became controversial after some celebs thought the film endorsed the acts of Jauhar and Sati. [2]

Definitions

Jauhar, sometimes spelt Jowhar or Juhar, was the Hindu custom of mass self-immolation by women in parts of the Indian subcontinent, to avoid capture, enslavement and rape by any foreign invaders, when facing certain defeat during a war. The term Jauhar sometimes connotes with both Jauhar-immolation and saka ritual. [3]

Sati or suttee is an obsolete funeral custom where a widow immolates herself on her husband’s pyre or takes her own life in another fashion shortly after her husband’s death.[4]

Highlights

One main highlight of the film would have to be the films star cast. For me, two stars stole the show. This included the ever-ethereal Deepika Padukone and the grounded yet not restrained Ranveer Singh. For me, these two actors performances really elevated their star power to greater lengths. It was certainly breathtaking to see two fine actors breathe sheer life into Bhansali’s character(s).

The music of the film is also very well composed and articulated. With the stellar hit ‘Ghoomar’ which infuses traditionally Rajasthani decorum, costume and instrumental beats/dialogue passages. Although quite a shirt album, Bhansali’s magic is still felt as he brings another piece of work to add to his already well diverse collection of movie soundtracks.

Ghoomar Song [5]:

 

Soundtrack Rating: ****

With heart rendering voices, soul touching lyrics and infuses cultural symbolism of the Rajasthani Era. Padmaavat’s soundtrack is beautifully cultured and certainly pays ode to Rajasthani customs (in terms of the music).

Dialogue preview [6]:

 

Overall, Padmaavat is a film of sheer beauty and depth. Although embroiled in controversy (due to the portrayal of sacred Rajasthani acts) from the start, there was no stopping the film from becoming a super hit. Appreciated and praised by many of the industry’s finest and audiences alike worldwide, Bhansali’s latest offering is one of his most poignant, grandeur of films which can certainly take its place next to Bhansali’s original magnum opus that was Devdas (2001).

My Rating: *****

With every scene painted in colour and vibrancy, Padmaavat almost feels like something out of a storybook. Whilst many of the scenes seem very familiar to S. S. Rajamouli grand epic Baahubali in terms of scope and graphics. One other element which shouldn’t be missed are the costumes presented within the film. As in classic Bhansali Style, we are given another film which is certainly appealing to the eye(s) and never lets you blink at any moment as you left in awe of all that you are seeing on screen. To conclude, Bhansali is a director who knows and understands his craft to the fullest. Each of his recent films are very grand and well articulated that one just keeps coming back for me, in order to see what Magnus offering he’ll be serving up next.

‘Padmaavat’ is currently running in cinema’s nationwide. However, in some places of the world the film is still not available yet due to the subject matter depicted in the film etc. 

References

[1] Youtube/Viacom18 Motion Pictures. (2018). Padmaavat | Official Trailer | Ranveer Singh | Deepika Padukone | Shahid Kapoor. [Online Video]. 14 January 2018. Available from:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YaF2m7hCx0. [Accessed: 20 February 2018].

[2] NDTV.com. 2018. “Padmaavat” Box Office Collection: Slow Clap For Deepika Padukone’s Film – 500 Crore Worldwide. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.ndtv.com/entertainment/padmaavat-box-office-collection-slow-clap-for-deepika-padukones-film-500-crore-worldwide-1814803. [Accessed 20 February 2018].

[3] Jauhar – Wikipedia. 2018. Jauhar – Wikipedia. [ONLINE] Available at:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jauhar. [Accessed 20 February 2018].

[4] Sati (practice) – Wikipedia. 2018. Sati (practice) – Wikipedia. [ONLINE] Available at:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sati_(practice). [Accessed 20 February 2018].

[5]  “Padmaavat Song” Ghoomar: Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh|Shreya Ghoshal,Swaroop Khan. [Online Video].T-Series 25 October 2017. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cKErCWrb44. [Accessed: 20 February 2018].

[6] Youtube/Viacom18 Motion Pictures. (2018). Padmaavat | Dialogue Promo 2 | Ranveer Singh | Deepika Padukone | Shahid Kapoor. [Online Video]. 19 January 2018. Available from:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9UGbd-ijFY. [Accessed: 20 February 2018].