- Navneel Maji
First of all, after watching the movie, I feel terribly sad for S.L. Bhansali
for what he had to go through. There was no scene that could remotely be offending to Rajputs or the legacy of Rani – raised to the level of Goddess – Padmavati. Instead, they were glorified from the first scene to the last.
As for the ‘Ghumar’; song, it was very much there, and I don’t know why anybody would have a problem with that given we have grown up seeing Krishna, Radha dancing around, in films and plays. I hope he never stops making such good films of kings and queens.
For the rest of the film, it had everything: great visuals, high-flying theatrical dialogues, some crossing swords, and a lot of Tanishq jewelry! The underrated Aditi Rao Hydari too acted very well.
One critique is that some scenes were not that strong or punchy but were
expectantly made to be so with loud background sounds, making it less dramatic.
Not to mention that the length of the film was way more than was necessary (about three hours). Compared to the director’s previous films like Bajirao Mastani and Goliyon Ki Rasleela, I would say it is a letdown.
There was a lot of posturing from Shahid’s side (doing a Rajput king, Raja Ratan Singh); whereas, Ranveer (Khilji) is shown to be eccentric, aggressive, virile, and beastly – and would go any length to win his heart’s desire for Rani Padmavati.
If anything else, Ranveer with every film is getting better at doing a role of Kings. And, about the main theme which the movie is based upon, Jouhar, the only thing I can say is that it ends with a huge applaud from the audience in the theatre.
However, it should not be mistaken that the movie intended to glory it, which would be totally inappropriate for the modern times, and thus they carefully mentioned it in the disclaimer right in the beginning.
Overall, it is definitely rewatchable.