Brilliant is the word for the film. Simple story, yet made wonderfully. There are a lot of topics that are discussed which is very relatable, such as ego (Alauddin Khilji wanted to own every unusual thing, and would do anything to win), pride, homosexuality (Malik Kafur’s infatuation towards Alauddin), polygamy, (Ratan Singh married twice, which wasn’t discussed much), the topic of Jauhar (Padmavati commits Jauhar to defeat Khilji). All of this happened during those days, which I was amazed to learn about. I felt like I had travelled time, and had actually gone to the 13th century. Wonderful cinematography and effects. Beautiful songs and choreography. Ranveer Singh stood out for his performance as Alauddin Khilji. His emotions, body language, dialogue delivery etc. makes him a true villain, I was almost scared. Deepika Padukone was graceful in her performance as Rani Padmavati. And damn, she can dance! Shahid Kapoor’s effort was great and has improved a lot, though I couldn’t see any chemistry between him and Deepika and that sadly his performance was overshadowed by Ranveer and Deepika, who are more powerful than him. Jim Sarbh amazed me with his performance as a eunuch. All the other supporting actors were also amazing. Kudos to Sanjay Leela Bhansali for his wonderful artistic direction.
My views on glorification even after watching the movie still remains the same. In no way I think this movie glorified “Sati” and “Jauhar”. This was something that happened during the 13th century. If we don’t show this then how would we all know about this? In fact, I feel like wanting to learn about these concepts that happened over the 13th century. This again brings me back to the time when people said that the TV series “13 Reasons Why” glorified suicide, when in reality, it made us feel more aware about teen suicides, bullying and how we could prevent it. It’s the same for this film as well. I also felt that in no ways this movie offended Hindus or Muslims. Like I always say, its a movie. We shouldn’t be too oversensitive or effected by all this. Movies are made for learning, and to appreciate artistry and creativity. I have seen this as a movie, and we all should do the same. For all those who think its glorifying or offending, just stop complaining and learn from these films, and if these issues effect you, then think about what we can do to make things better.
The movie didn’t deserve violence and controversies. I wish that the censor board in India could improve. There were a lot of unnecessary edits, I wish they didn’t have to do that, maybe that could have helped learn the story and these concepts better. Also, the fact that Deepika’s midriff was covered through special effects during the “Ghoomar” song, and yet vulgar songs and movies are easily passed through.
It was a fun experience. I got to witness so many things and I still have a lot of thoughts. Please do watch this film. I am sure you will also get to learn.
My Rating:- 3.5/5