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Film Appreciation

Appreciation note on Padmavat

Rani Padmavati (Deepika Padukone) – the wife of Maharawal Ratan Singh (Shahid
Kapoor), is known for her beauty and valour in 13th century India. She captures
the fancy of the reigning Sultan of Delhi, Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh), who
becomes obsessed with her and goes to great lengths to fulfill his greed.
Based on a Sufi poem of the same name written in 1540 by Malik Muhammad
Jayasi,Sanjay Leela Bansal has added his own flair and interpretation to
‘Padmaavat’, giving it a fairy-tale sheen.

Shahid is steadfast and controlled as Maharawal Ratan Singh – the ruler of


Mewar, brimming with Rajput pride. He brings a regal aura to the character that
leads him to winning the confidence and loyalty of the Mewar kingdom and more
importantly, Rani Padmavati’s heart. Deepika is radiant as the Rajput Queen
whose beauty, brains and valour moves the entire plot along once Alauddin Khilji
becomes obsessed with her. Padmavati’s character comes to life post-interval
where she gets to showcase her acting range. Ranveer as Alauddin Khilji is seen as
an unhinged, barbaric Sultan, who is consumed with a ravenous libido for power
and flesh. He unleashes an animal magnetism on screen with a scarred face, kohl-
lined eyes and a greased torso. Besides them, Aditi Rao Haideri is up to mark as
the Mehrunissa who gets a shock when she discovers her husband Alauddin’s true
nature. Jim Sarbh is somewhat misplaced as the Sultan’s slave-general, unable to
generate enough menace to overshadow his master’s own. Nonetheless, the
ensemble moves well in tune with Bhansali’s vision of this larger-than-life
retelling.

The sets are those gigantic palaces that you expect a historical movie to
have.They are designed beautifully according to the theme and the time period
the movie is portraying.The sets give the perfect background for making a fairy -
tale like movie. Cinematographer Sudeep Chatterjee compliments the work of
director by beautifully capturing some jaw-dropping scenery.However, the effects
in the action/ war scenes don’t meet the expectations raised by a film of this
scale. Also, the songs don’t do much to further the narrative other than providing
visual delight.

The costumes in the movie have really helped in giving the director's vision a
larger than life.They not only portray the rich culture of those times,but put life
into each character.The costume designers are Chandrakant
Sonawane,Ajay,Harpreet Rimple and Maxima Basu. The costumes of Raani
Padmavati (Deepika Padukone) are elegant and sophisticated ,much like how a
queen would wear.The costumes give the poise and grace that is portrayed in the
character.Costumes of Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh) specifically are one of the
best works of the designers.It clearly gives his character the "villainy" edge.The
costumes of Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapoor) also do justice to his role of a king.The
costumes of other characters like that of Jim Sarbh and Aditi Rao Haideri also
work best for their characters.The costumes of other background actors and
dancers,particularly in thes song 'Ghoomar' are also appropriate.The costumes
are the USP of this movie which gives it the magical element it has .

The makeup also has an important part to play in the larger than life appeal of the
movie.Makeup of Rani Padmavati is kept simple and elegant and makeup of Ratan
Singh is quite normal.Makeup of Alauddin Khilji is quite efficient in giving him the
bad image,specially with the scar on his face and bold eyes.
It could do with a shorter run-time but ‘Padmaavat’ is an entertaining, large
canvas experience, brought to life with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s stroke of visual
brilliance.

By-Harshita Tiwari
BFT/17/268

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