If Padmavat-thi, then she’s probably wishing she wasn’t .All her strength and all the Rajput principles of valour, fair play and aan, baan and shaan have been undone by their descendants-The Karni Sena.
So to Padmavat- A typical, opulent, larger than life Sanjay Leela Bhansali presentation.
Deepika’s Padmavati is beautiful, graceful, steely and gentle in one elegant, jewel laden package. She emotes through her luminous eyes alone to great effect.
Shahid as Maharawal Ratan Singh is restrained, toothsome ,of a sculpted body and always perfectly coiffed. A tad understated though.He does declaim the four points of Rajput valour emphatically and smiles at his Padmavati rather endearingly adoringly.
As does she at him with large limpid eyes and a constant half smile.
(Some chemistry but nowhere close to Ranveer and Deepika’s in Baji Rao Mastani)
His badi rani is Nagmati- whose request for replacement pearls from Singhal ironically leads to Padmavati meeting Ratan Rawal.She literally hunts him down and then nurses him back to health and love blossoms.
And there’s Ranveer’s Alauddin Khilji.An evil, psyhotic, sadistic, power crazy nut job who wants to possess all that is beauteous-whether he’s seen it or not, by mere description he is enamoured. (I wish more people I meet as a sales person were so willing to aquire the wares on mere sales spiel).
He’s done such a super job that one feels revulsed and disgusted with throughout.Kind of dirty to just having seen him.
You know “ghin aatee hai”?
Ratan Rawal marries Padmavati.His advisor in the court casts an improper eye at her and he is banished for this misdeed.Big mistake as it turns out for he seeks revenge via A Khilji.He describes to him Padmavati’s beauty and prophesises that with Padmavati at his side, Alauddin K will rule the world.
Since said Khilji had bumped off his uncle for the kingdom, the idea of ruling the world clearly appealed and crazy coots set towards getting her by mostly foul means.
Two battles, much dialogue, drama , bloodshed later, it ends with RawalRatan dead and Padmavati leading the women to “jauhar”.
Alauddin is left staring enraged at his dream of world supremacy go up in flames barred behind a reinforced metal door.
Seeing Padmavati was denied to him in death as it was in life.
The costumes are well designed and each eco system portrayed well.So all of Khilji’s scenes scream grey-brown, brutal barbarism and the Rajput scapes are gentler beiges and whites but an energetic red showing up valour and sacrifice.
Of the music, the “ghoomar” song is melodious and catchy.The balance is forgettable….well I’ve forgotten it!
An able supporting cast helps the story.
Less impressive than Bajirao Mastani, Padmavat nevertheless merits one watch for sure.
If for nothing else, as support against bullies.