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Padmaavat movie review: Ranveer Singh shines as the tyrant, cynical ruler Alauddin Khilji
Padmaavat movie review: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film is projected as a clash of ideas about love and war, and how they hold different meanings for different people. The film has Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles.

Cast: Deepika Paukone, Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Rating: 3/5
First things first.
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.
Does Karni Sena have reasons to oppose Padmaavat? No, unless they believe that Rajputs actually won against Alauddin Khilji.
Has Bhansali gone overboard in praising Rajputs? Kind of yes, though he claims Padmaavat is a work of fiction and mostly based on Malik Muhammed Jayasi’s epic poem of the same name.
Last, the protests by the fringe groups hold any meaning after watching the film? A big no.
In fact, the film does what the Karni Sena stands for: Uphold the Rajput flag.Let’s talk about the film now. How much do you know about Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh)? To most, he was a tyrant, cynical ruler who wanted to win the Rajputana to become India’s most powerful king. Also, that he had a slave-cum-companion Malik Kafur (Jim Sarbh) and some quirks that probably made him an acceptable leader for the Afghans who were attracted to India’s wealth.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali opens his most spectacular film, in fact one of Bollywood’s glossiest till date, with Jalaluddin Khilji (Raza Murad) witnessing his young nephew’s idiosyncrasies. Alauddin is asked to bring ostrich’s hair, instead he brings a chain-cuffed ostrich. He dances with a mad abandon and shows scant respect for rules and women, including his new wife Mehrunissa (Aditi Rao Hydari).
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.



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