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Review: ‘Padmaavat’ and All That Useless Beauty

Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor in "Padmaavat."
Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Drama, History, Romance, War
Not Rated
2h 44m

Before the opening credits roll in “Padmaavat,” a disclaimer carefully notes that the film is based on an epic poem that is considered a work of fiction. So, please, it continues, don’t be offended or expect authenticity about a long list of things, right down to the dance forms.

In other words, folks, it’s just a movie. Oh, and one more note: Ladies — the film does not in any way endorse ritual self-immolation.

This everybody-please-relax nervousness is well earned. “Padmaavat,” the story of a Rajput (Hindu) queen whose beauty is so great that the sultan (Muslim) lays siege to her kingdom to possess her, has inflamed extremist Hindus since the movie was in production. Was history being honored? Was the queen? (She may or may not have actually existed.) The director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, was slapped on set and his hair was pulled; the lead actress, Deepika Padukone, was threatened with beheading or having her nose cut off.

Before the movie was released, a few changes were made. They include the addition of that detailed disclaimer and a revised title, “Padmaavat,” which aligns more closely with the poem, but doesn’t match the name of the heroine, Padmavati.

As the film stands now, no one need be concerned about the honor of Rajputs, as warriors or paragons of virtue. This movie is a love letter to all that.

It’s also something of a bore: a lavish 3-D pageant with the depth of a children’s pop-up book. Those paragons, Padmavati (Ms. Padukone) and her king, Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapoor), dressed in gorgeous silks and bangles, are more heaven to look at than delightful to know.

They meet epic-poem cute: Hunting deer in the forest with bow and arrow, Padmavati misses her target (or does she?) and instead hits Ratan Singh right in the ticker. Boom. He takes her to his kingdom and installs her as Wife No. 1. (A pre-existing wife gets a demotion and a few halfhearted jealousy scenes.)

Soon, Allaudin (Ranveer Singh), a sultan conquering great swaths of India — Delhi is his latest acquisition — hears of Padmavati’s beauty. Because he must possess everything precious, he must have her. Epic battles ensue. And Padmavati is a death-before-dishonor type, so spoiler, she immolates herself when Allaudin breaches the fort.

Allaudin is a comic-strip villain, half-pirate, half-sociopath, all swaggering id. At least Mr. Singh looks as if he’s enjoying himself — he gets to grimace, gnash his teeth and rip the greasy meat off bones like a monstrous Henry VIII.

Which is to say: Mr. Bhansali is painting with a broad brush. One of Hindi cinema’s great stylists, he shows here, as he has in other films, a swooning fondness for the heightened look of movies and for the look of old India: forts and billowing tents and lovingly textured, color-coordinated interiors. The impact of all this care fades, though, if you watch the movie in 3-D, which accentuates the movie’s cartoonish qualities.

Those qualities extend to the characters and the story. As Padmavati reminds us near the end, it is nothing more than a tale of good vs. evil.

That could be fine — a slog, sure, but one with plenty to look at. As the movie proceeds, though, it becomes grimmer and more unpleasant, its fealty to spectacle increasingly tethered to violence and death. Which brings us back to the real world.

It is Hindus who have been protesting “Padmaavat,” mostly sight unseen; this week, before it opened, Hindu women threatened mass suicide in honor of Padmavati’s sacrifice. But, because the story can only get more perverse, the movie’s ugliness is in its portrayal of Muslims — the villain, Allaudin, and his army — not the Rajputs.

With the exception of a bad-seed Brahmin, the Rajputs are covered in glory here: Every action is a right action; their leaders, Padmavati and Ratan Singh, are models of beauty and refinement. The movie’s Muslims, on the other hand, eat dirty, fight dirty and follow the lead of a marauding brute who dishonors his own wife. It may be cartoonish but it’s also dispiriting.



A Well-Made, Yet Overlong Epic!

namashi_130 January 2018

Warning: Spoilers

Chaos, Protests, Violence, Delays....Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmaavat' (originally titled Padmavati) finally has hit the screens with a bang! This Epic Period-Drama, surprisingly enough, has NOTHING objectionable to begin with. The Rajputs, particularly, should be happier than anyone else, as the projection of the Rajputs is genuinely powerful. So, all the chaos & disgusting harassment caused, is nothing but a complete act of bullying!

Now coming to the film: 'Padmaavat' is an intense film, about heroes of honor & a villain, who defines ruthlessness with zeal. SLB's tight direction, coupled with some staggering cinematography & strong performances, make up for the film's biggest flaw - its long running-time (163-minutes!).

'Padmaavat' Synopsis: Set in medieval Rajasthan, Queen Padmavati (Deepika Padukone) is married to a noble king (Shahid Kapoor) and they live in a prosperous fortress with their subjects until an evil Sultan (Ranveer Singh) hears of Padmavati's beauty and forms an obsessive love for the Queen of Mewar.

'Padmaavat' is basically a tale of a evil, despicable Sultan who's obsession towards the elegant queen Padmavati, caused him to wage a brutal war. 'Padmaavat' discovers Sultan Alahuddin Khilji's madness & deplorable hunger for power & achieving anything that was 'Nayaab', that lead him to kill many warriors of the Rajputs, while also losing his own troops in the middle of the bloodbath. Its primarily seen through Khilji's physcotic mind, with Padmavati & Raja Ratan Singh playing as supporting players. I was surprised to see how little Padmavati has to do here, especially in the film's first-hour, which is almost all about Khilji's rise from nothing to becoming the king.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali could've easily called this film as Khilji instead of 'Padmaavat'. I mean, its all about him & undoubtedly the most well-written character here. So considering all the noise caused regarding the film with an 'I' being axed out, there isn't weight to the film's title anyway, as the Queen is barely there for a large chunk of the film.

The first-hour of 'Padmaavat' is overlong & takes its wafer-thin plot to not much use. The king's obsession along-with the love-story between the Raja-Queen traffics this hour till it make you go ho-hum. The second-hour, in comparison, is much stronger & the intensity in this hour, is what makes 'Padmaavat' reach the winning post. Having said that, 'Padmaavat' could've easily been trimmed by at least 20-minutes.

Bhansali & Prakash Kapadia's Screenplay, which is on Malik Muhammad Jayasi epic poem by the same name, is engaging in most parts. Barring its length & its slow first-hour, the Writing is well-done overall. Bhansali's Direction captures the grandeur well. His Direction is tight & the passionate storyteller mounts 'Padmaavat' like a true epic. Sudeep Chatterjee's Cinematography is brilliant. The lensman has captured the epic-scale of the film with complete flourish. Editing is fairly done, with the second-hour offering crispness. Art & Costume Design are excellent. Sham Kaushal's Action/War Sequences are nicely done. Bhansali's Score is decent.

Performance-Wise: Ranveer Singh embodies the evil Khilji to great effect. The talented actor sinks his teeth into the part & enacts the monstrous, obsessive king to the hilt. Its a gutsy performance from a mainstream leading-man, who takes up the challenge to play a man with zero redeeming qualities & excels all through. Shahid Kapoor is first-rate as the heroic Rajput King. His performance is good blend of charming & courageous. Deepika Padukone looks gorgeous as Queen Padmavati, but her performance, is strictly okay. Blame the lack of character developement or the limited screen-time, but Padukone doesn't leave a strong mark. Jim Sarbh is fantastic as Malik Kafur, Khilji's loyal slave & (secret lover). Sarbh, without a shed of doubt, steals the show & emerges as the strongest supporting character here. Of the rest of the cast, Aditi Rao Hydari as Mehrunisa (first wife of Alauddin Khilji, looking way more prettier than the main queen) & Raza Murad as Jalaluddin Khilji (the founder and first Sultan of the Khilji dynasty, Alauddin's uncle), are superb.

On the whole, 'Padmaavat' isn't perfect nor is it offensive, but its definitely a well-made & well-acted film, that merits a viewing.A Well-Made, Yet Over Epic Spectacle!

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Molecule Review: Padmaavat

nairtejas27 January 2018

Padmaavat is a craftsman's joy and depicts a lot of elements that currently dictate the world. It's a tragedy film that emphasizes on all the hate and crime that is around us, and concludes that there is only one solution. Watch Padmaavat for the grand production, Ranveer Singh and his character's wickedness, and for a reminder about this tragedy called life. TN.

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Tediously prolix. A perfect example of an ethnocentric n regressive film.

Fella_shibby6 October 2021

My original review (posted in 2018) which got more than 700 likes got deleted cos of the paid trolls.

Then again my reviews got deleted many times but here i am posting it again n having a blast.

Coming back to this appalling movie, the editing is horrendous n the film very boring.

The action sequences r copied from Hollywood blockbusters but done in a very cheap fashion. Ther is tons of overacting n the direction is abysmal.

The hero of this film marries another woman without the wife's consent but he is glorified.

The heroine is a hunter of poor deers but she is treated like a diety.

The film glorifies subjugation of women.

The concept of Sati is defended.

There is a clear pattern to colour Islamic rulers as villains with no reference to any facts based on authentic sources of information, said Heeram Chaturvedi, head of department of history at Allahabad University.

Distorting history is the new norm in Bollywood.

One group is glorified while another vilified.

Why can't both sides have shades of grey n both portrayed in an authentic human behavior n nature.

Hate ethnocentric behavior n films.

The most detrimental effects of ethnocentrism resulting into genocide, apartheid, slavery, and many violent conflicts.

Historical examples of these negative effects of ethnocentrism are The Holocaust, the Crusades, the Trail of Tears, and the internment of Japanese Americans.

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Great Story, Big Canvas but lose Direction

SAMTHEBESTEST27 January 2018


I have not seen film in theater, i watched it on Mobile so i'm not writing much detailed review. This one is short review, see If that helps you. Fantastic Story (thanks to History), somewhere lose to decent Screenplay, Excellent BGM, Dull Music, Film is as Grand as Bahubali but lacks that visionary Direction. Overall a Very Good Film but nothing Outstanding there.

Acting and Impact wise Ranveer > Shahid > Deepika. All 3 have played Characters of Lifetime but not performance of lifetime. Ranveer looks Cruel, Lusty. Shahid is Brave and Dashing. Deepika looks Traditional Beauty. For someone who already knows the story, Climax is not much Exciting. Film has many boring moments, unnecessary songs. Dialogues are top notch. But that MASS Entertainment is missing, neither CLASS is there. SLB has to get over of this Magnum Opus thing now. Recently he's more focused towards Big Sets, Lavishness but not concentrated on Content. Black being Non Grand film but it's his Best till date. He has lost that Class. Come on we Want Content rather than Big Sets. For someone who have seen and liked Magnum Opus like Class LOTR and Mass Bahubali2 this Padmaavat will look a tiny ordinary doll. That Director's Vision is missing, this Script with Rajamouli's vision and he would have made 500cr film.

Overall an Average film saved by Climax which lifted the Tempo in last 20 mins, ends up being a Very Good Film. This one deserves an Entry in 200cr Club. I'm going with 7/10* it's better than Bajirao Mastani but not a Classic. This film does not hurt Rajput Sentiments, instead it Glorifies Rajput Culture and tells their Bravery. Instead of doing useless Protest, take your kids to watch the film and let them know Glory of Rajput's Bravery and Pride.

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Two hours of escapist rubbish!

qui_j12 April 2019

The sets are lavish, the dance numbers colorful and beautiful but the acting is like that of an over-dramatized soap opera of epic proportions. The story pits Muslim conquerors against the Rajput Empire so it's bound to have religious issues. I'm sure it met the expectations of the local Indian audience looking for 2 hours or escapism but it really would not be a huge global hit with widespread appeal. Watch it for the lavish sets and eye-popping dances and costumes but behind all that, there is little substance to the film!

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Thin plot but amazing visuals

Abdulxoxo13 February 2021

Padmaavat, an epic movie based on a poem about one man's desire for another man's wife. Set during the medieval era, this story is actually quite a simple one, blown up to epic proportions; and it's the film's epicness that is both its biggest strength as well as its biggest weakness. At 2h44m the film was too long, far too long! Large chunks of the movie could have been cut without making much difference to the plot or any of the characters. Another issue I had was with the poor use of CGI. Occasionally I'd notice it in the backgrounds or during action scenes where it was really obvious. The worst use however was whenever there were animals. The production design was truly incredible. The amount of detail and symmetry used in the design of the various palaces was astonishing and wonderful to look at. In addition the costume design was also great; The dresses and jewellery of the women were mesmerising. Also the men's clothing was fantastic. The score is evocative, its ability to create various moods when necessary at different parts of the film.

Performance-wise Padukone was really good albeit a bit monotonous with her facial expressions. Kapoor was decent enough. The standout performer however was Ranveer Singh as the antagonist Alauddin. He was the devil personified and hammed it up incredibly well. Yes it was utter melodrama, but in this role I thought that worked perfectly. As I expected from a Bollywood movie there were a few dance routines in there, and to be fair they were brilliant.

All in all The CGI could have been a lot better and the film's length could have been a lot shorter; however, the story was told well, the visuals and the performances were great.

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santhosh-1029020 February 2019

Good Movie. Everybody acted very well in the movie but Ranveer Singh was my favorite in this movie. His acting was excellent throughout the movie. One of the main highlight of this movie was Ranveer Singh's Performance. The movie was so interesting but at 1st half the movie was bit boring but after Intermission the movie was excellent. VFX,Songs and BGM was also excellent. The movie was interesting. The movie was not at all boring in 2nd half.

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I enjoyed this movie

MR_Heraclius23 February 2020

This is a sumptuous historical epic drama that brings a famous Indian poem to life. This story is like a fairytale set in the dreamy past: a beautiful queen, a handsome king, a cruel enemy warlord, glorious costumes, and gorgeous settings. The love story between the couple is romantic, elegant and courageous. The cultural traditions attempt to reflect the ancient time period. The movie also includes lively dancing and singing scenes. The actors are quite adept in their roles and bring strong emotions to the tale. The skilled costume designers deserve many awards! The English translations are large and very easy to read. The movie is very engaging, and for a non-Hindi speaker, a good introduction to the fabulous "Bollywood" world of cinema.

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Powerless and inane

PimpinAinttEasy27 January 2018

Warning: Spoilers

I rate PADMAAVAT a 3 on 10.

0.75 marks for the awesome warrior tribal dance in the movie's second half. That was really sinister and edgy.

0.75 marks for JIM SARRB who should have played KHILJI. The guy is effortlessly good even though he doesn't even have that many good scenes. It's just the way he holds himself - his profile, expressions and body language. The other actors, who are all crap, could have used his advice.

0.75 marks for the visual splendor. PADMAAVAT is superior to BAAHUBALI when it comes to the sets and visuals.

0.75 for the ending which was potentially brilliant. All those women wrapped in red saris, yelling jai bhavani and jumping into the fire could have been a fantastically disturbing scene. But the sanctimonious music and expressions on the faces of the women ruined it a little. The scene would have been something else in the hands of say WERNER HERZOG. In the hands of Bhansali, it is the very opposite of a powerful and a disturbing scene.

The negatives:

Ranveer Singh's performance really does not work. He is expressionless and his dialog delivery is so damn unremarkable. I could fall asleep listening to Khilji talk. Shahid Kapoor has one expression throughout. He also seemed too slight in frame to play a warrior. DEEPIKA sucked too. She has a nasal ring larger than her face. The film is mostly about KHILJI and not about PADMAAVATI. I'm not sure why its named after the queen.

PADMAAVAT is mostly one inane powerless scene after the other. I don't know what the writers were thinking. What went on in the corridors of those beautiful palaces, attics, underground tunnels? What was a day in Chittorgarh fort or Mewar like?

I know the days when big hollywood directors like Mervyn Leroy, Anthony Mann, William Wyler, Kubrick and Cecile be de Mille could make epic productions with great dramatic scenes is over. The likes of Bhansali have to cater to the fans of AVENGERS. So all we get are these bombastic scenes with total bimbos that have nothing in them.

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Bajirao-Mastani should be lauded for bold direction, exemplary CGI and commendable performances

ketgup8326 January 2018

As the epic tale of Padmaavat releases today, my joy knew no bound to watch it which has been in the news for quite some. With Bahubali series, Jodhaa Akhbar and Bajirao Mastani, Bollywood audiences are accepting the epic period drama in a big way. Can Padmaavat continue the trend ? Let us find out ..

Padmaavat tells the story of brutal and ruthless Sultan Allauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh) whose is obsessed to capture the queen of Chittor, Padmaavati (Deepika Padukone), after hearing the tales of her exquisite beauty. In order to defend both his kingdom and queen from the hands of evil, Maharawal Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapoor) must fight the battle of life.

The talented director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who gave us some memorable films like Khamoshi, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam , Black, Guzaarish, Bajirao Mastani and some forgettable films like Saawariya and Ram- Leela takes a bold step with Padmaavat based on the epic poem "Padmavat" (1540) by Malik Muhammad Jayasi. Like his previous films, Padmaavat is visually stunning and breath-taking. Each and every frame is beautiful depicted on the silver screen while cinematography capturing exotic locales of Rajasthan. However, the screenplay by Prakash R. Kapadia and Bhansali has certain loose ends and has taken creative freedom to make it more dramatic . Few factors makes a negative impact to the film - the length of the film (163 minutes), loose editing and unnecessary inclusion of songs. Also, except for "Ghoomar" (mind-blowing choreography) none of songs stand out in this epic drama. On the other side, the battle sequences especially the clash between two teams (action director by Sham Kaushal) have been executed brilliantly. The production design is eye-catching and will take you back to the forgotten history. The costume-design is mesmerizing. I loved the climax scene where the controversial "Jauhar" scene was shot depicting the sacrifice, valor and honor.

Performance wise, Ranveer Singh will hold your attention as powerful and mystical Allaudin and the actor exudes honoring performance. The intensity in his eyes will make you love-to-hate him. Deepika Padukone surprises with her charming , bubbly and yet fearless character whom you will fall in love immediately with her innocence. Shahid Kapoor does well in few sequences but I wish somebody with more intensity and charm could play the king of Mewar. Jim Sarbh as Malik Kafur is definitely an actor to watch out for. The "Neerja" actor shines well in this multi-starrer

Overall, Padmaavat is definitely a good watch if you are a fan of Indian History. It should be lauded for bold direction, exemplary CGI and commendable performances. Good 3/5

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Idiocracy glorified

Jithindurden1 April 2018

Bhansali's been doing same things again and again that this was really boring for the most part. Anything good in it is parts that look carbon copies of his better films. The production, costume and cinematography are great although CGI didn't look that good. The glorification of Rajput idiocracy and patriarchy is what the film runs on and creating wooden characters where the actors can't do much more isn't helping either. The only character that is given any focus is the villain Alauddin Khilji who has been transformed into the personification of all kinds of evil that it isn't remotely convincing. Although a fictionalized tale, it is based on true historical figures and incidents which have been gone through so much contrivance and still there is nothing above archetypes. The controversy created have only helped the film and those who started it switched sides finding the glorification satisfying and at the end the common people suffer the collateral damages of the riots. Many who supported the film before the release stand as fools.

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This movie is Awesomely made 💚

soumyadeep98021 June 2020

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This is the true representation of Ancient Bharat and Bharatas which existed in this whole Indian Continent 1000yrs ago, from East Myanmar to West Afganistan and from North Tibet to South Maldives, but sadly Moughals and Mongoles arrived and what leftover we seen is destruction, mass murder, [email protected] of our womens, demolishing our ancient sites, temples and many more... (and yes I used moughals and mongoles same because they are the same thing originated from the same place, share the same family Ethenic Turks)

Long live our Truth, Dignity, and Unity in leftover portion of Bharat 🚩🕉

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A short film that just went too long

user-651-72699628 January 2018

Let me be simple, short and clear. -The film was well made but fell short of reaching Bajirao Mastani in terms of acting or writing. -The special effects of the animals or the fire was horrible. -The acting by everyone was meh, so were most of the dialogues. (A huge Deepika fan here but disappointed). -The writing of the story and the characters were not up to the mark. -Though Ranveer Singh is being praised for his acting, his dialogue delivery is very much like the character he portrayed in Bajirao. There was rarely any difference (apart from the looks). -The make-up artists, costume designers and art department need to take a bow. They were brilliant. -What's with messing Deepika Padukone's face? It looks so animated, full of VFX. -Anupriya Goenka was wasted. Am sure she could have proved herself given a good chance. -The music was bad (compared to Bhansali's previous films). -Is it worth a watch? Yes. To watch royal art decorations on a big screen is a feeling in itself. -Did this film deserve such publicity? (Negative publicity is still a publicity). Nah. -The climax was satisfactory. Don't listen to the hatred spreading around and go watch the film on a weekday.

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u stay interested throughout the proceedings

beevenkat9 February 2019

#Padmaavat is an epic film which ensures that u stay interested throughout the proceedings. Every scene, every frame, every character is larger than life. Bhansali's able direction n music will stay with u for a long time after u exit the theater. The rajputs r supposed to be brave n righteous. But Ratan Singh completely ignores his first wife as soon as he eyes Rani Padmavati. So where is true love? Khiljis character seems to be highly exaggerated. Wonder why hes shown as a maniac n a monster. There is nothing objectionable tho. Watch it. Rating 3.5/5.

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Padmaavat Review

Magow-Intermean8 April 2018

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Does Padmaavat cast aspersions on the Rajput valour? No. Does it present the Rajputs of Mewar, who ruled in the 13th century, as heroes? Yes. It is but obvious that he would want to see Rani Padmavati (Deepika Padukone) after listening to a dejected priest Raghav Chetan wax eloquent about her beauty, comparing it to moon, ocean and solace. Padmavati, the princess of Singhal, is married to Rawal Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapoor) who lives by the Rajput code of ethics. How do we know? Because he keeps repeating them throughout the film. Needless to say that 'Rajput' is most oft-used word in the 163-minute film. Padmaavat is projected as a clash of ideas about love and war, and how they hold different meanings for different people; in this case, rulers.

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Director vision is blurred

dineshprakash25 January 2018

Director Mr. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is magician when it comes to emotions but this time his magic is missing. Ironically he succeeds to evoke laughter in few scenes which are supposed to be dramatic or emotional. I am not aware of historical facts so I am putting my point as a fictional film as disclaimer states too. I am quite unable to understand which factor intrigued director to make a movie on this story. What I received from its screen version that it is not a story about sacrifice or valour but it is story about obsession of a barbarian savage. Story is typical simple. A king , his divinely beautiful second wife, whom he weds even without informing his first wife, then a treacherous Raj Purohit and an infernal tyrant, who is obsessed with queen even without getting a glimpse of her. Let me explain few things so why I got feeling of director confused mind state. Female lead is introduced while hunting a stag but mistakenly shot arrow just an inch above of heart of a king, which gravely hurt him too but due to above incident rather than being angry of even remain neutral, he falls for her!? I could not find a pinch of love in this scene. Director deliberately chose a war subject but when it comes to showcase war scene, he preferred to tone down it's violence by showing dust storm engulfing the fight,(Villain first war with Mangol), ok fine but then he show cased severed head being being showing off on the point of spear or served on plate in few scenes! First half of film is very slow. You just watch it like a documentary, getting information but not emotions. Second half offers something average but as expected pre climax comes with heavy dose of pathos. Dialogues are lengthy in most of the scene, like when Queen first time got introduced to Raj Purohit. Most of the songs are unnecessarily stuffed. They slow down the pace. When Villain is being bathe by his male companion, who starts singing abruptly, is irritating. Even there is subdued gay angle between both. Performance wise Ranveer Singh as Khilji is first rate. Aditi Rao Hydari as Mehrunissa, looks innocent and performed well in her brief role. Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor are fine. Rest are just ok.

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Good watch

jwscott-home5 October 2021

Bit slow but good watch Enjoyed it Not as goofy as most bollywoods.

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essential beauty

aminifatimaaa6 January 2019

An artistically marvellous portrayal of a people of the past. The elements in the movie were aesthetically appealing. The performance of the actor acting as Khilji was haunting to say the least. He was given to a little drama but it seemed to work. The movie kept me interested till the very end. In a story where you know what's coming, that's something.

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Padmaavat is a decent periodic drama with terrific performance of Ranveer SIngh and sheer visual delight.

shobanchittuprolu25 January 2018

Padmaavat (2018):

First of all,I would like to say that I have no idea about Rajuput or Padmavati's history except that it was used by certain section of people to ban this film.The film is probably the most spoken-about movie in recent times. From the menacing look of Ranveer Singh, to the restrained and ethereal portrayal of Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone respectively, much has been written about the film.So how is it?


Afghani ruler, Allauddin Khilji(Ranveer Singh) invades India and becomes the ruler of the Delhi empire. After a point of time, he decides to invade the Rajput town of Chittor after he comes to know about the beautiful Rani Padmavati(Deepika Padukone). But to win her over, he needs to dethrone her husband Raja Ratan Singh(Shahid Kapoor) at any cost. How will he do this and what problems does he face in is the entire story of Padmaavat.

My Review:

The film is an out and out Bhansali film. The director promises a visual treat to his viewers and that is what he delivers. Except for Black,I have never appreciated his work as he focuses more on grandeur than emotions and I always confuse his films with Sooraj Barjatya.

Padmaavat is more of a "Ek tha Raja, Ek thi Rani, Dono mar gaye, khatam kahani" story. how big a visual delight the film is, one has to pull the plug when necessary. And at 163 minutes, Bhansali's ambitious film starts to drag and is an imaginary piece with not enough meat to keep the viewer invested.Bhansali failed in delivering a good start as the film starts on a slow note and doesn't even speed up until Pre-Interval. Even the love between Rajupt and Padmaavat lacks required emotion.Lot of scenes gives us a feel of watching a TV series but whenever we start to drowse-off Ranveer Singh shines with his amazing performance.The movie picks up pace during pre-interval which lasts till interval.

Second half is better paced when compared to first half.But the most surprising part is the shocking climax.The emotion carried at that scene is very good.

Padmaavat works big time because of one man and that is undoubtedly Ranveer Singh. The star hero unleashes the beast in him and is mind-blowing as the arrogant Khilji. Every frame that he is in, creates a deadly feeling and Ranveer has showcased valor, cunningness, and cruelty in a stunning manner. The plot works mainly because of his screen presence and aggressiveness to win Padmavati.

Deepika Padukone is very good but unfortunately her costumes ad jewellery looked more royal than her performance.I think Aditi Rao Hydari,who played the role of Mallika Mehrunissa looked more beautiful and royal than Padukone.Shaahid Kapoor is good.Jim Sarbh's role resembles the gay role of Beauty and the Beast.

Art direction is award winning and Cinematography deserves a mention.Songs are average but background score is very good.VFX is average and Thank God! I didn't watch it in 3D.

So,Padmaavat is a decent periodic drama with terrific performance of Ranveer SIngh and sheer visual delight.

My Rating 6.75/10

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A great piece of masterpiece by Bhansali

pranayjalvi26 January 2018

Padmaavat was one of the most anticipated movies of 2017 but due to certain religious issues it was delayed and here it gets released and gets applauded everywhere. Ranveer Singh nailed the performance of Alauddin Khilji along with mesmerizing acts from Deepika and Shahid as well. This budget historical drama is a visual delight and with triumphant musical score. This movie don't deserve to get missed.

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The best period film ever made *Period*

eldreddsouza14 August 2020

Simply stunning and spectacular. The story is simple, in fact it's an adaptation of a poem so we all know what we were going in for. But making an entire movie out of a poem, a simple few lines and making it so good, I bow down to you Mr. Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The locations are beautiful. Kinda dark themed but I loved it. Went for a night show and simply had a fantastic experience. The background score fit perfectly like the last piece of a jigsaw puzzle and added immense value to an otherwise visually spectacular film. The Rajput culture was showcased beautifully. The Royal palace and surroundings looked fantastic. Shahid's voice and his dialogue delivery, beautiful. Deepika looks like a queen and have one of her best performances ever. The show stealer however was this supremely talented and energetic young man, Ranveer Singh. The guy is without a doubt one of the best actors we have today in our industry and with his charisma and charm we can expect him to be The leading star in the future. Came here to write this review especially for Ranveer after watching Tanhaji and Saif's aweful acting where I found him trying to copy Ranveer's Allahuddin Khilji. Ranveer Singh is better than most of his contemporaries even.

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Padmaavat Review

AnishMisra18 February 2018

Padmaavat is a film co-written and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The trailers of the film looked very awesome and I was quite eager to see the film.But due to the so called delays I felt that this film will never see the light of the day. Finally, seeing it I was relieved and I can say that the movie-goer in me was satisfied.

Plot: Alauddin Khilji decides to raid the kingdom of Chittor after hearing about the beauty of Rawal Ratan Singh's second wife, Rani Padmavati.

Story and direction: From a story standpoint, if we observe the film, it is very staright-forward. So hats off to the makers to bring this poem to life on the big screen. Yes there are a lot of creative liberties taken with the film, but for most of the time they got stuck with me. The production design and the grandeur of the film is beyond imagination. Every scene looked awesome. Also the cinematography for the film was great. All the colors and textures used to make the scenes look real were impeccable. Now to the faults. The character development for me was very weak. Although the Rajputs looked great in their outfits nad armor, I felt that there was a need to enforce the Rajputana dialect a little more. Also, I do felt that the horror for Khilji's character ofr certain scenes were a little less. The VFX of certain scenes looked very fake. The climatic action scene didn't feel real too. Also there are certain scnes in the film, where you feel that was this even necessary. Some scnes were quite predictable too. The runtime too was a major issue. Had the film been a little small in length, I would have appreciated it more.

Performances: Ranveer Singh was the star of the film. With what he was given, he excelled beautifully. Deepika Padukone brought finesse with her character and she went on to prove why she is a great actress of current times. Many People had issues with Shahid's character. But for me, it was perfect. The way he embodied the Rajput king was like no other. A special mention to Jim Sarbh. He was perfect for Malik Gafur's character.

Music: Sanjay Leela Bhansali composes the songs and Sanchit Balhara the BGM. The songs are like fillers for me. Yes, they were good and melodious but they did nothing to move the story forward. 'Binte Dil' was the track of the film for me and again proved why Arijit Singh is beyond any appreciation. The BGM at some scenes felt very loud to the years and quite repetitive to Bajirao Mastani.

Favorite Scene: It would be the scene where Rawal ratan and Alauddin meet in Rawal's palace and eat food and play chess together. The stern-ness of Rawal and the scary-ness of Khilji is what made the scene enjoyable to me.

Verdict: Sanjay Leela Bhansali yet agian proves that he is a director with great vision. If the drama was toned down a bit and the film was made shorter, the film would have been a masterpiece for me.

I am going with 7.5/10.

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A Visual Feast

GypsiB1 February 2018

This film is based on the epic poem "Padmavat" (1540) in which Sultan Alauddin Khilji ( Ranveer Singh) becomes obsessed with the beautiful queen Padmavati (Deepika Padukone) and so goes to war with her husband, Maharawal Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapoor), in order to capture her.

Padmaavat's is a controversial movie which leaves the viewer questioning the message intended. The story drags a bit in places, but picks up in the last third. Overall the plot is interesting (even to one familiar with "Padmavat"), perhaps not engrossing, but certainly attention-holding. Ranveer Singh was excellent as the unhinged villain. Padukone and Kapoor did well individually, but lacked the needed chemistry when together. The CGI animals were unconvincing, but the armies were believable. Two of the songs were incongruous, nearly laughably so, but the other music was excellent. Most of the choreography made for lovely scenes, and the costumes and setting were stunningly beautiful. While Padmaavat is lacking in several areas, it is a visual feast and worth watching for that alone.

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Alaudin Khilji steals the show in Padmavat

SivakumarBalachandran27 January 2018

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's (SLB) magnum opus finally hits screens after all pre-release protests of demeaning the Rajput's honor, queen dancing etc. but at last what we see is completely the opposite Rajputs are shown in all glory here except for the Brahmin villain, wonder what dirty politics was behind this protests and cult. The core plot is the fight between the good and evil and Rajput women choosing death over dishonor. (Sati or self-immolation) As with any SLB movie the magnificence is, lavish everywhere and the canvas painting etches the screen throughout. BGM synchronized perfectly to the tone of the movie. Songs have come out well but couldn't avoid comparing it to SLB's previous movies - like courtyard dance Ghoomar in this movie where are Mohe rang dola or deewani mastani in Bajirao also Ek tu song sounded similar tone to Laal Ishq of ram leela and Aaji ki Badat of Baji rao. SLB's trademark directorial template was exactly maintained but I felt there was some emotional connect missing unlike what Bajirao brought perfectly. The screenplay or the storytelling was not that great here and had some slogs here and there. Performances: Undoubtedly, its Ranveer singh as Alaudin Khilji steals the show with his venomous looks he brings the character live to the screen. Khilji is demonic, ruthless, notorious, and barbaric with animal instincts and he desires for everything that is considered precious in this world. Deepika fits the role of Rani Padmavat of Mewar delivers another strong performance though she took the front seat in the second half, she captures us with her emotive and glazed eyes with a uni-brow. Shahid as Raja Rantan the Rajput king mostly depends on his posture and delivers a decent performance. Jim Sarbh as the slave of khilji and Aditi as Mehunisa the first wife of Khilji have also equally done justice to their roles with the amount of screen space they had. The film runs close to 3 hours which feels stretched and sometimes makes us think logics in the decisions made by the characters but also we realize it is what happened in reality so nothing much to think rather dive and sink into the story to enjoy it. VFX in some places were weak, not sure it looked perfect in 3D. Worth watching in big screens for SLB's style of periodic drama rendition.

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Dig a mountain get a mouse

samyaksambuddha6 September 2018

After the limelight and resist what you find is something not worth watching or wasting time and money. The story seems biased and fashioned as per popular demand with distorted presentation of historical facts and events. The dance form on which a large of pomp was created ends into nothing. This is what melo-drama and exaggeration brings you. This reminds me of 'barking dogs seldom bite.' The only good thing about the movie was the powerful role played by Ranveer and compassionate by Aditi. Otherwise, Deepika and Shahid only spoil the show. The Indian cinema needs to get out of melo-dramatic scenario and induce realism and objectivity.

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  • Meezaan has recalled a particularly nerve-wracking incident from the sets of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat, where he played a body double for Ranveer Singh, and was called to fill in for him in a major scene.
Meezaan doubled for Ranveer Singh on Padmaavat.

Published on Aug 02, 2021 11:55 AM IST

Actor Meezaan, who recently starred in Hungama 2, technically made his 'screen debut' as a body double for Ranveer Singh in director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat. Meezaan, the son of actor Jaaved Jafferi, had assisted Bhansali before being launched by him in the film Malaal.

In a new interview, he recalled the experience of playing Ranveer Singh's body double in the period epic, and one nerve-wracking incident when he had to memorise lines and Ranveer's mannerisms for a scene.

He told RJ Siddharth Kannan in Hindi that he learned a lot by assisting Bhansali on Padmaavat, and by observing Ranveer, Deepika Padukone, and Shahid Kapoor on set. "Bhansali sir trusted me, and he would rehearse scenes with me. He would record the rehearsals and the blockings, and he'd give me feedback on my performance."

Recalling one tense experience when he was called in to fill in for an unavailable Ranveer, Meezaan said, "I was there on set, in costume and makeup. I hadn't eaten anything, so I was really stressed. I was a little late, and it took an hour for the prosthetics and for me to get into the look. I learned the script in that one hour. The moment I came out, I was already nervous about doing proper acting in front of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, it was technically my 'silver screen debut', and there were 500 junior artistes around me, and I had to deliver a whole speech. Then an assistant director comes to me and shows me Ranveer's version of the shot, and asks me to replicate his mannerisms. I was like, 'why couldn't you have told me before! I was already so tense'. But regardless, I went ahead, I was terrified, I was in bad shape."

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He said that he performed the scene, and that Bhansali would come and direct him on occasion, before realising that he didn't have to, as his face wouldn't be seen. Meezaan said that he will never forget this experience.

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2018 film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali

This article is about the film. For other uses, see Padmavati.

Padmaavat is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language epicperiod drama film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Based on the epic poemof the same name by Malik Muhammad Jayasi, it stars Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, a Rajput queen known for her beauty, wife of Maharawal Ratan Singh, played by Shahid Kapoor. Sultan Alauddin Khilji, played by Ranveer Singh, hears of her beauty and attacks her kingdom to enslave her. Aditi Rao Hydari, Jim Sarbh, Raza Murad, and Anupriya Goenka featured in supporting roles.[1][10]

With a production budget of ₹215 crore (US$29 million), Padmaavat is one of the most expensive Indian films ever made.[11][12][13] Initially scheduled for release on 1 December 2017, Padmaavat faced numerous controversies. Amid violent protests, its release was indefinitely delayed. In December, the Central Board of Film Certification approved the film with few changes, which includes the addition of multiple disclaimers and a change from its original title Padmavati.[14][15]Padmaavat was rescheduled for release on 25 January 2018 in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D formats, making it the first Indian film to be released in IMAX 3D.[16]

Padmaavat received mixed reviews. Critics praised the visuals, the cinematography and Singh's portrayal of evil Khilji, but criticised its storyline, execution, length and adherence to regressive patriarchal mores.[17] Critics also disliked the portrayal of Khilji as a stereotypical evil Muslim king and Ratan Singh as the righteous Hindu king which led to protests by religious communities.[18][19][20][21][22][23][24] Despite not being released in some states of India, it grossed over ₹585 crore (US$78 million) at the box office, becoming a commercial success and the 10th highest-grossing Indian film of all time.[25][26] At 64th Filmfare Awards, Padmaavat received a leading 18 nominations, and won four awards, including Best Actor (Critics) for Singh.[27] It also won three National Film Awards, including Best Music Direction for Bhansali.[28]


In 13th-century Afghanistan, Jalal-ud-din Khalji of the Khalji dynasty plans to take over the throne of Delhi. His evil nephew Alauddin Khalji[29] asks for Jalaluddin's daughter Mehrunisa's hand in marriage. Their wedding is organised, but on the night of the event, Alauddin engages in adultery with another woman. A senior courtier witnesses the act and is promptly killed by Alauddin. Mehrunisa is informed of this during the wedding, leaving her horrified. The wedding occurs, and Alauddin is appointed as a lead general.

In Singhal (modern-day Sri Lanka), princess Padmavati accidentally wounds Rajput ruler of MewarMaharawal Ratan Singh while hunting in a forest. As she treats him, he reveals that he has traveled to Sinhala to acquire rare pearls for his only wife Nagmati. Eventually, the two bond and fall in love. Ratan Singh asks for Padmavati's hand in marriage, she agrees, and with permission from her father, they are married.

Jalaluddin takes over the throne of Delhi and sends Alauddin to repel a Mongol invasion. Alauddin is successful in doing so, but undertakes an unsanctioned raid on Devagiri. He captures the princess there, assassinates her husband, and makes her his concubine. Jalaluddin's wife and nephew warn him against Alauddin's ambition to take over the throne. However, he journeys to Kara to meet Alauddin and gifts him the slave Malik Kafur. Alauddin has Jalaluddin, and his ministers assassinated by Kafur and declares himself the new Sultan. Over time, Alauddin and Kafur become very close, and Kafur rises to become a general in Alauddin's army.

Padmavati journeys to Mewar with Ratan Singh and is blessed by his royal priest, Raghav Chetan. Chetan later intrudes into the palace secretly and spies upon an intimate moment between Ratan and Padmavati, and is subsequently banished. He then travels to Delhi and informs Alauddin of Padmavati's beauty. Alauddin, who is fixated with having anything that is exceptional, invites the Rajputs to Delhi, but his invitation is rejected. Enraged, he lays siege to Ratan Singh's capital Chittor. After six months of an unsuccessful siege, Alauddin feigns peace on account of Holi and is allowed to enter Chittor, where he meets Ratan Singh. He asks to see Padmavati; Ratan Singh grants this request, but only momentarily while preventing Alauddin from seeing her face. Ratan Singh is tricked by Khilji and is taken to Delhi as a prisoner.

Upon Queen Nagmati's insistence, Padmavati agrees to see Alauddin under some conditions: she will meet Ratan first; and Chetan will be executed for his earlier treachery. Alauddin agrees; Padmavati then travels to Delhi to meet him. Meanwhile, Alauddin survives an assassination plot by his nephew, though he is wounded. He tracks down his nephew and kills him. The Rajputs, disguised in women's dress, plan to ambush the Khilji soldiers in the morning, at the time for morning namāz. Padmavati, along with Chittor's generals, Gora and Badal, frees Ratan Singh, and escapes with Mehrunisa's help. Ratan confronts Alauddin, who urges Ratan to take this opportunity to kill him in his weakened state. However, Ratan refuses as this is against the Rajput creed of not attacking the wounded. The Rajput ambush goes ahead as planned, but the Khilji soldiers are alerted to it and repulse the attack, killing the Rajputs who allow the King and Queen to escape.

Alauddin imprisons Mehrunisa for helping the Rajputs and marches to Chittor. He and Ratan Singh engage in a single duel; Alauddin is wounded and drops his sword, but Ratan doesn't kill him as he is unarmed; Kafur takes the opportunity to mortally wound Ratan while his back is turned. While dying, he berates the Khilji forces for fighting dishonorably. The much larger Khilji army defeats the scattered Rajputs and captures Chittor, but are unable to capture the Rajput women who perform jauhar (mass suicide by immolation) along with Padmavati, rendering Alauddin's furious.


  • Deepika Padukone as Padmavati – a 13th–14th century[30] legendary Rajput queen, who was, according to Padmavat, the wife of Rajput king Ratan Singh (also known as Ratan Sen), the ruler of Mewar. The news of Padmavati's beauty reached Sultan Alauddin Khilji, who besieged Singh's capital, Chittor, motivated by his desire to capture the queen.
  • Shahid Kapoor as Ratan Singh – the last Rajput ruler of the Guhila dynasty that ruled the kingdom of Mewar. He was defeated by Alauddin Khilji's forces during the siege of Chittor.
  • Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khalji – the second and most powerful ruler of the Khalji dynasty that ruled the Delhi Sultanate.[31][32] He ascended the throne by murdering his paternal uncle and father-in-law, Sultan Jalal-ud-din Khalji.[33] According to Padmavat, Khilji laid siege to Chittor motivated by his desire to capture Ratan Singh's beautiful wife, Padmavati.
  • Aditi Rao Hydari as Mehrunisa[34][35] – first wife of Alauddin Khilji and Queen of the Delhi Sultanate.
  • Jim Sarbh as Malik Kafur[36] – a prominent eunuch slave-general of Alauddin Khilji.[37]
  • Raza Murad as Jalal-ud-din Khalji[38] – the founder and first Sultan of the Khilji dynasty that ruled the Delhi Sultanate. He was deposed by his nephew and son-in-law Alauddin, who murdered his uncle to usurp the throne.[39]
  • Anupriya Goenka as Nagmati[40] – first wife and chief queen of Ratan Singh according to Padmavat.[41] Nagmati and her husband's second wife, Padmavati, performed jauhar together after Alauddin Khilji attacked Chittor.[42]
  • Ujjwal Chopra as Gora Singh[43]
  • Bhawani Muzamil as Amir Khusro[44]
  • Deepak Shreemali as Badal Singh[45]
  • Ashwin Dhar as Ulugh Khan[46]
  • Ayaz Khan as Hakeem



An adaptation of Malik Muhammad Jayasi's epic Padmavat (1540),[1] Sanjay Leela Bhansali had been planning a film adaptation for a decade.[47] He first worked on a television adaptation as an assistant editor for Shyam Benegal's television series Bharat Ek Khoj (1988), based on Jawaharlal Nehru's The Discovery of India (1946), featuring an episode about Padmavat starring Om Puri as Alauddin Khilji.[48] In 2008, Bhansali produced an opera version in Paris, inspiring him to begin work on a film version.[47]Padmaavat also took inspiration from other earlier adaptations of the epic, including Bengali literary adaptations from Kshirode Prasad Vidyavinode in 1906 and Abanindranath Tagore in 1909,[49] the Tamil filmChittoor Rani Padmini (1963),[50][51] and the Hindi filmMaharani Padmini (1964).[49]

Pre-production on the film began in July 2016. That same month, playback singer Shreya Ghoshal tweeted about performing a song composed by Bhansali for the film.[52] Many media outlets speculated that Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, who played the leads in Bhansali's Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013) and Bajirao Mastani (2015), were finalised to play Alauddin Khilji and Rani Padmavati in the film. In October 2016, it was announced that Bhansali would team up with Viacom 18 Motion Pictures to produce the film with Singh and Padukone along with Shahid Kapoor as Rawal Ratan Singh, playing the lead roles.[53]


The three main actors, Padukone (top), Kapoor (centre) and Singh (bottom).

Padmaavat is the third collaboration between Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The trio had worked before in Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela (2013) and Bajirao Mastani (2015), while it is Kapoor's first film with the three.[54] Their co-star from the previous films, Priyanka Chopra was also in consideration to play the title role.[55]

Shahrukh Khan was offered the part but felt it was not "meaty" enough and declined; failure to agree on his fee may have been a factor.[56] Shahid Kapoor was finally cast to play Ratan Singh with an assurance of a good enough part and a hefty fee.[57] For his role, Kapoor undertook rigorous training under trainer Samir Jaura and followed a strict diet for 40 days. He also learnt sword fighting and the basics of Mardani khel, a weapon-based martial art, and admitted that it had been one of the most physically and emotionally challenging roles of his career.[58]

Ranveer Singh portrays the antagonist of the film, Alauddin Khilji, the first negative role of his career.[59] Director Bhansali had given him books to read delving into the psyche of dark rulers of history such as Adolf Hitler, asserting that he had to completely forget who he was before he could play Khilji.[60] Singh trained under Mustafa Ahmed to get into proper shape for the role. The actor worked out twice a day for six days a week.[61] Playing Khilji so affected Singh's personality and behaviour that he had to see a psychiatrist to return to normal.[62]

Jaya Bachchan recommended Aditi Rao Hydari's name to Bhansali for the role of Khilji's first wife, Mehrunisa.[34][63][64] Bhansali cast Hydari over four other choices.[65] She is the only member of the star cast who actually belongs to a royal lineage.[66]

Veteran actor Raza Murad portrays Alauddin's paternal uncle and Khilji dynasty founder, Sultan Jalaluddin Khilji. Murad has earlier collaborated with Bhansali in Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela and Bajirao Mastani.[67]Jim Sarbh portrays Malik Kafur, a prominent eunuch slave-general of Alauddin Khilji.[68] Sarbh learned horse-riding for the role.[69]

On 25 October 2017, a video of the first song from the film, titled Ghoomar, was released, in which a woman dressed like a queen appeared briefly. It was later revealed in a Twitter fan page of Sanjay Leela Bhansali Productions, that the woman is Maharawal Ratan Singh's first wife, Rani Nagmati, who is portrayed by Anupriya Goenka.[70]


Due to the costs mounted on the film by delay in the release, Box Office India declared the film's budget to be ₹215 crore (US$29 million), which makes it the most expensive Hindi film and one of the most expensive Indian films ever made.[12][13]


Delhi-based Rimple and Harpreet Narula designed Rani Padmavati's costume using traditional Gota embroidery work of Rajasthan. The border derives from the architectural details of Rajasthani palace windows and jharokhas and the odhnis have been styled in conventional ways which are still prevalent in the Mewar belt of Rajasthan.[71] The designer duo elaborated that the costume worn by Padukone in the final scene of the film features the tree-of-life motif and twisted gota embroidery and has a Kota dupatta with block printing. Padukone's dresses were made with Sinhalese influences, as the character of Padmavati hailed from Sri Lanka.[72]

The costumes for Shahid Kapoor were made from mulmul and cotton, with special attention given to the turbans, one of which, featuring a 28-dye lehariya, was inspired by a turban to be found at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.[73] The clothes for Ranveer Singh were based on travellers' accounts of the Turko-Persianinfluence on Indian clothing[74] (Khilji was of Turko-Afghan heritage).[31] The costumes for Aditi Rao Hydari, who plays Khilji's first wife Mehrunisa, incorporated Turkish, Afghan, Mongol and Ottoman elements to showcase Mehrunisa's Turkic origins.[75] For both Ranveer Singh and Hydari's costumes, extensive research was done on the clothing and textiles of the Turkish belt, from Afghanistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to Kazakhstan and to the Central Asian belt around Turkey.[75][76]

Padukone's look for the "Ghoomar" song features intricate jewellery weighing up to 3 kg designed by Tanishq featuring a triple Borla, Mathapatti and Bajuband which are traditional ornaments worn by the Rajasthani women.[77]

Vipul Amar and Harsheen Arora of Delhi-based design house 'The V Renaissance' designed costumes for Rawal Ratan Singh and Alauddin Khilji, employing historical techniques to create the armour such as cuirboilli, sculpting, chiselling, and inlaying.[78] The armour took a team of forty workers eight months to prepare.[79]


Main article: Padmaavat (soundtrack)

The film score is composed by Sanchit Balhara while the songs are composed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. A. M. Turaz and Siddharth-Garima wrote the lyrics to the songs. The first song "Ghoomar", to which Padukone performs the traditional Rajasthani folk dance on a set that replicates the interior of Chittorgarh Fort,[80][81] was released on 26 October 2017.[82] The second song from the film "Ek Dil, Ek Jaan", a love ballad featuring Padukone and Shahid Kapoor, was released on 19 November 2017.[83] The complete soundtrack was released by the record label T-Series[84] on 6 January 2018 in Hindi, and 12 January 2018 in Tamil and Telugu.[85]


The film became controversial during production. Several Rajput caste organisations including Shri Rajput Karni Sena and its members had protested and later vandalised the film sets claiming that the film portrays the Padmavati, a Rajput queen, in bad light. They had also assaulted Bhansali on a film set.[86][87] The Sena had made further threats of violence.[88] While filming a scene in Masai Plateau, Kolhapur at night in October 2017, some people attacked and set the set ablaze, injuring animals and destroying several costumes.[89] Several Muslim leaders protested against the alleged misrepresentation of Ala-ud-din Khilji and called for a ban.[90][91] In the days leading up to the film's release, there were violent protests and riots in several parts of India.[92][93] In Haryana, the protestors had attacked several vehicles including a school bus.[94][95]

Bhansali and Deepika Padukone had received threats of violence and death.[96][97][98] The film makers received support from the film community and industry associations including the Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association, Cine & TV Artists Association, Western India Cinematographers' Association, Association of Cine & Television Art Directors & Costume Designers.[99][100][101]

The major political parties across India took conflicting stands. Several members and leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called for a ban on the film. The Rajasthan State unit of the Indian National Congress (INC) had also called for ban.[102][103]

The controversies surrounding the film re-opened the question of film censorship in India and the country's freedom of expression.[104][105] The Supreme Court dismissed a petition calling to stop the film's release citing the freedom of speech and expression.[106][107]

The movie is banned in Malaysia by the Home Ministry due to its negative portrayal of a Muslim ruler and for touching its sensitivities of Islam since Malaysia is predominantly a Muslim nation.[108]


During the launch of Padmaavati, there was heavy police presence deployed outside PVR Plaza, CP, New Delhi, as well as all cinema halls in the region (top). Note that no poster for Padmaavat/Padmaavati was put up at PVR CP, as was the case reported across other cinema halls also (bottom).[109][110][111]

The digital streaming rights of Padmaavat were sold to Amazon Prime Video for ₹ 200–250 million in August 2017.[112] Theatrical distribution rights in overseas territories were acquired by Paramount Pictures from Viacom 18 in October.[113] Prime Focus Limited rendered the film in 3D.[114] The film was initially scheduled for theatrical release on 1 December 2017 in India, but was delayed due to protests.[115]

Padmavati was initially slated for release in the United Arab Emirates on 30 November 2017 and in the United Kingdom on 1 December 2017 but the makers stated that the film would not be released in foreign territories before receiving a certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).[116][117][118] In the end of December, CBFC approved the film for theatrical exhibition and suggested 5 modifications to the film, which includes the addition of multiple disclaimers and amending its title to Padmaavat.[14][15] The change in the title was intended to be a disclaimer that the film is not a historical drama, but a cinematic adaptation of Malik Muhammad Jayasi's epic poem Padmavat.[119]

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) passed the film with a (12A) rating and zero cuts.[120]

Post the CBFC approval with U/A certification, the film got banned by the Chief Ministers of four states Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana in order to maintain 'law and order' and avert protests in their states.[121][122] The Supreme Court of India over-ruled the ban, stating that freedom of speech is to be maintained and that the states have to ensure the screening of the film without any issues.[123][124][125] On 30 January 2018, Malaysia banned the film.[126]

Padmaavat premiered on television on 30 September 2018 on Hindi general entertainment channels (GEC) Colors, Colors HD, Hindi movie channel Rishtey Cineplex.[127]


Critical reception[edit]


Padmaavat opened to mixed critical reviews upon release.[128][129][130] Critics praised the visuals, and the performance of Singh, but criticised its storyline, execution, running time and the "unwanted" 3D conversion.[17]

Following its controversies, the makers held a pre-screening of Padmaavat in November 2017 for some journalists, including Arnab Goswami and Rajat Sharma, who praised the film and described it as "the greatest tribute to Rajput pride."[131][132] Rajat Sharma particularly praised Singh's performance as Khilji.[133]

Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave 4.5 stars and said, "On the whole, Padmaavat is a remarkable motion picture experience that's backed by proficient direction, spellbinding screenwriting and superlative acting. For Bhansali, it's the best title on an impressive filmography."[134] Neil Soans of The Times of India gave 4 stars and said, "The director's expertise in heightening opulence and grandeur is well-known, further distinguishable in 3D. Cinematographer Sudeep Chatterjee compliments him by beautifully capturing some jaw-dropping scenery."[135] Rachit Gupta of Filmfare gave 3.5 stars and said, "the real wonder of Padmaavat comes from its production and presentation. This film has phenomenal production design, costumes and camera work. The technical finesse on display is just mind boggling."[136]Rajeev Masand of CNN-News18 gave 3.5 stars, praising Singh's performance.[137]

Kunal Guha of Mumbai Mirror gave 3.5 stars but criticised Padukone's and Kapoor 's performances.[138] Giving 3.5 stars, Sushant Mehta of India Today panned Padukone's and Kapoor's performances calling them "mediocre" while terming Singh's "unconvincing".[139]

Anupama Chopra of Film Companion gave the film 2.5 out of 5 stars and said, "I clinically admired each frame. I applauded the work of cinematographer Sudeep Chatterjee, costume designers Harpreet-Rimple, Maxima Basu, Chandrakant & Ajay, and production designers Subrata Chakraborty and Amit Ray. But I wasn't seduced by the story telling."[140] Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express gave 2.5 stars and said, "Padmaavat is spectacular [to look]: no one can do spectacle like Bhansali. You can easily delight in it while the going is good. But nearly three hours of it, and looping rhetoric around what constitutes Rajput valour can and does become tiresome."[141] Mayur Sanap of Deccan Chronicle criticised the execution and the length and gave 2.5 stars.[142] Suparna Sharma, also of Deccan Chronicle gave 2.5 stars and said, "Padmaavat is offensively chauvinistic, blatantly right-wing, and quite unabashedly anti-Muslim".[24]

Raja Sen of NDTV India gave 1.5 stars and said, "Bhansali takes an unbearable length of time to spark the flame. Things go on and on and on, with characters it is impossible to care about. They may appear attractive from time to time, certainly, but these protagonists are inconsistent, infuriating and test the patience."[143] also gave 1.5 stars calling it "superficial" and wrote, "Deepika Padukone gets an absolute raw deal as the Queen; her performance is submissively overwrought, blandly weighted, and her speeches combined with the leisureliness of the narrative's pacing, can put you in a stupor. Worst of all, you will be driven by the suspicion if Padukone even does enough to deserve the movie's title."[144]Namrata Joshi of The Hindu gave a negative review noting the film is "a yawn fest" and "an interminable expanse of unadulterated dullness." She also criticised the 3D conversion writing, "The opulence doesn't seem as awe-inspiring, the special effects, especially in some of the battle scenes, are plain tacky and the actors seem like cardboard dolls of themselves in the long shots, acquiring a human visage only in the extreme".[145]Anna M. M. Vetticad of Firstpost criticised the film giving 1 star out of 5 writing "Padmaavat is a perfect example of a Hindi film couching its extreme prejudices in grandiloquence and tacky clichés, with those clichés embedded in resplendent frames."[20]


Mike McCahill of The Guardian gave 4 stars and said, "It's not just the extravagance that catches the eye, but the precision with which it's applied. Every twirl of every sari and every arrow in every battle appears to have been guided by the hands of angels. Such excess could have proved deadening, but dynamic deployment of old-school star power keeps almost all its scenes alive with internal tensions."[146] Shilpa Jamkhandikar published a mixed review in Reuters, who noted, "But unlike Bhansali's earlier films, where he was able to find emotional depth even in opulent historical romances, this one falls short". But she praised Ranveer Singh's performance as Khilji.[147] Manjusha Radhakrishnan of Gulf News opined that the quality of the work was lower than that in other Bhansali films.[148] Sadaf Haider of DAWN Images said that the film is "a flawed history lesson", however, she praised the film visual, music and most of the act.[149] Rahul Aijaz of The Express Tribune rated 4.5 out of 5 stars; he too praised the film and said that it "doesn't set up false expectations and then disappoint" due to "perfect storytelling", and "memorable performances".[150] A Pakistani critic, Haroon Khalid, had disliked the portrayal of Khilji as a stereotypical evil Muslim king and Ratan Singh as the righteous Hindu king.[151]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 58% based on 26 reviews, with a rating average of 6/10.[152]

Box office[edit]

Due to the numerous controversies associated with Padmaavat before its release which resulted in banning the film in certain states, the film's commercial performance was highly unpredictable.[153] The film was released in only 70% of places in India.[154] However, despite limited screenings, the film earned an estimated ₹5 crore (US$660,000) in Wednesday paid previews.[155] The following day, the film opened nationwide across 4,800 screens of which over 500 screens were shown in Tamil and Telugu.[156][157] It earned an estimated ₹19 crore (US$2.5 million) nett on its opening day in India, excluding previews, which was considered impressive despite its ban in numerous big states and marked a career best opening for Ranveer Singh, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Shahid Kapoor and fourth biggest for Padukone (behind Happy New Year, Chennai Express and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani).[158][159][160][161] On Friday, the film added another ₹32 crore (US$4.2 million), owing to national holiday on Republic Day.[162] This was followed by a gradual fall on Saturday taking in another ₹27 crore (US$3.6 million).[163][164] Through Sunday, the film delivered an opening weekend of ₹114 crore (US$15 million) and became the fourteenth film to enter the 100 crore club in just under 4 days.[165][166] Furthermore, it broke the record for the biggest IMAX opening in India with US$461,000 from 12 screens.[167] However, due to its limited screenings, the film nevertheless lost over ₹35 crore (US$4.6 million) in box office receipts during its opening weekend.[168]

Outside India, the film broke all-time opening day records in Australia (A$367,984), surpassing the likes of Dangal and the dubbed-Hindi version of Baahubali: The Conclusion.[153][169] One of the reason behind the film's successful run in the country was because Paramount (the overseas distributing company) was able to secure release in all three major theatre chains (Hoyts, Event Cinemas and Village Cinemas) unlike other Bollywood films which have to choose between the two latter.[170] In the United States and Canada, the film grossed $1.13 million on its opening day. This was followed by the biggest ever single-day for a Hindi film with $1.8 million on Saturday, breaking the previous record held by PK ($1.41 million).[171][172] Although Baahubali: The Conclusion still holds the record for all Indian films, that is inclusive of three different languages.[173] It went on to set a new opening weekend record for a Hindi film with $4.2 million, and witnessed the second best per-theatre-average inside the top 10 with $13,188 from 324 theatres.[167][174] As of 6 February 2018, the film has crossed ₹4 billion (US$53 million) worldwide, making it one of the top 10 highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time.[175] Its domestic net income was ₹2.75 billion (US$37 million) in the fourth weekend of its run.[25] The film has grossed ₹5.85 billion (US$78 million) worldwide.[9]

Historical inaccuracies[edit]

In the film, the Delhi Sultanate's flag is shown in green colour with a white crescent moon. The Sultanate actually had a green flag with a black band running vertically on the left.[176]

Portrayal of Jalaluddin and Alauddin Khilji[edit]

Before their ascension to the throne, Jalaluddin and Alauddin Khilji were known as Malik Feroze and Ali Gurshasp, respectively.[176][177]

Jalaluddin Khilji is portrayed as an arrogant, cunning and cruel man, though he was actually popular for being a mild-mannered, humble, and pious ruler.[176][178] Jalaluddin ascended the throne of Delhi in 1290 only to end the chaos that ensued after the death of Sultan Ghiyas ud din Balban.[179] He was not ambitious by nature and did not lead an attack on the Delhi Sultanate from Ghazni, Afghanistan.[180]

The portrayal of Alauddin Khilji in the film has been criticised by historians and critics for its historical and geographical inaccuracies and not staying faithful to the epic Padmavat.[20][179][181][182][183][176] The film shows an unsuccessful assassination plot by Alauddin's nephew, one which seriously injures the Sultan, but none of this actually happened.[177] Historian Rana Safvi wrote that Khilji was sophisticated, not barbarian as portrayed in the film.[180][184] Historian Mohammed Safiullah also criticised Khilji's portrayal and the implicit depiction of a homosexual relationship between Khilji and his slave-general Malik Kafur.[185] Historian Archana Ojha of Delhi University criticised Alauddin Khilji's look and clothing in the film.[186]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Main article: List of accolades received by Padmaavat


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