Without showing much, Bhansali showed us enough on this tangent, and its song “Binte Dil” is just one example. It was also the first time we saw a main character (Khilji) being a bisexual. He is the latest entrant in the Bhansali camp and Padmaavat is his first period drama. Also, can I give extra points to Padmaavat’s background score? Padmaavat, which she calls her most challenging film, surely brought out the best in her. Definitely yes, but this time he has gone a step higher a la 300 style war scenes. If only this film hadn’t released, we would’ve never understood the valour of the Rajput kings and their principles. From the film’s opening credits to end credit roll, this music almost took us through the entire journey, and it continues to echo in my ears as I write this piece! The homosexual character who had so much love for his master Khilji, that he even tried to compare himself to Rani Padmavati. From the lover-boy Ranveer we all have adored, to the barbaric and power hungry Alauddin Khilji, he has suddenly become an actor for all seasons. She plays Rani Padmavati who was known for her beauty, the sole reason why Khilji attacked Chittor. Padmaavat surely brought out an unknown side of his acting, which remained hidden in his previous films. We would’ve missed out on seeing Ranveer’s best performance till date. There was another name who turned heads. Padmaavat faced trouble due to alleged distortion of historical facts. Jim played his part like we could’ve never expected. This film was questioned for insulting the Rajputana ‘aan-baan-shaan’ too. Now, imagine what if this film was banned. No, not because it gave a closure (almost) to an issue that had become a national debate (for some), but also because the world would’ve been different if Padmavati-turned-Padmaavat hadn’t released at all! Prior to its release, we did hear of how Padmaavat will change the way we look at Ranveer. Ranveer’s risk could’ve easily gone wrong leaving a scratch on his filmography for a long time. For me, it was one of the most haunting, deeply striking music heard in recent times. For some, the film had an overdose of this philosophy. This article has spoilers (disclaimer) as it tries to explore what this magnum opus, starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, gave Bollywood in its entire cinematic grandeur. Deepika has worn the most opulent costumes, the heaviest jewellery, but the simplicity and honour on her face and eyes made her a sight never seen before. But his hard work which went skin-deep, could be seen and the audience loved to hate him with open arms. Yet this sad tune was enough to teleport us into this particular story from our history and feel the pain and honour of those queens. No more he shies away from picking difficult roles. Actor Jim Sarbh played a homosexual character of Malik Kafur in Padmaavat. It wasn’t happy at all. From his varied roles in Udta Punjab and Haider to playing Rawal Ratan Singh, Shahid has undergone a lot of transformation. I cannot not mention Shahid Kapoor too. Also read | EXCLUSIVE | Whatever happened with Padmaavat created lot of angst in me: Ranveer Singh
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© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd While its entire journey through the tables of the CBFC and at the hands of fringe groups will be remembered for a long time, we are grateful that it released. This is at a time when actors wish to play it safe and simple, flex their muscles, romance their ladies, do some naach-gaana and win over the audience. This particular actor was the force behind Khilji’s wickedness and cruelty. Deepika who is on a hattrick with Bhansali in Padmaavat has never looked this way. From the colour tone of its frames to the drone camera angles and even the kind of VFX, it is on similar lines, definitely not at par but something that can be noticed, all the more if seen in 3D-IMAX. And that did happen. And we all know, to satiate Bhansali, you have to be at least perfect on camera, if not anything more! But he kept aside all that and played a king with utmost poise and perfection. Haven’t we seen that all in his previous films like Bajirao Mastani and Devdas? I would give Shahid brownie points for taking up Padmaavat where he knew he was not the main lead. This time, he was different. Padmaavat gave birth to an actor called Ranveer Singh too. The antagonist and even the leading lady were more powerful that him. He was Malik Kafur, played by Jim Sarbh. He manages to bring out the deepest beauty of all his leading ladies and just like Aish, he extracted the delicateness of Deepika with utmost perfection too. But at the end of the day, here is one film which closely showed this community. We are happy that didn’t happen! The film also had elements that would be remembered for a long time in terms of performances and direction. But now, it is a little more. No, I don’t mean the Ranveer we’ve seen before. But what’s new? Ranveer Singh played Alauddin Khilji in Padmaavat. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat is finally out and writing its own destiny. Shahid Kapoor donned the role of Rawal Ratan SIngh in Padmaavat. Let me point out some. But only after its viewing, we know how much it rather upheld their ‘usools’ and its tenets. This music occurs in the course of film whenever Deepika’s Rani Padmavati is tested for her strength and dedication. Opulent and splendid, this film also boasts of all his patent colours. Needless to say, Padmaavat has Bhansali’s signature style of storytelling. The undertones of this unique master-slave relationship was beautifully established, given the fact that Indian films are yet to achieve that creative freedom to show things as they are! Deepika Padukone replaced Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as Bhansali’s muse with Ram-Leela. Padmaavat actor Deepika Padukone portrayed Rani Padmavati. He played the self-loving and greedy Khilji, the most draconian villain in recent times, and this was no less than a gamble for him. Ranveer took this challenge when he is just 10 films down in Bollywood. 2018-01-29T20:54:42+00:00″>
Updated: January 29, 2018 8:54 pm
Padmaavat’s larger-than-life canvas is patent to Sanjay Leela Bhansali style of filmmaking. When Padmaavat was fighting for its identity, I believed it would go down in history as an example of how to stand by one’s creative liberties. Trust Bhansali to do the impossible or put his actors in the most challenging spot.