Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat which hit the screens recently is ruling hearts everywhere. Within four days of its release the period drama made a whopping ₹110 crore becoming the first blockbuster of 2018. The movie is setting the box office on fire. Going by the current performance and the positive word of mouth, Padmaavat might just emerge as one of the highest grossing movies of Bhansali’s career.
Based on a sufi poem of the same name written in 1540 by Malik Muhammad Jayasi, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has added his own flair and interpretation to Padmaavat, giving it a fairy-tale sheen. While there are many aspects which include Bhansali’s direction and a splendid story that have led to the phenomenal success of the movie, there are some major things which have together made this magnum opus a never seen before rage. The most important aspect is the challenge and risk that each actor took in order to ensure that Padmaavat becomes as big as it can be. Let’s take a look at them:
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Conviction In Ranveer Singh to Portray Khilji
Sanjay Leela Bhansali is one director who can change any impossible into possible. With Padmaavat, he has put Ranveer Singh in a challenging spot of playing a character who is dark, barbaric and power hungry. Singh plays the tyrant, cynical ruler Alauddin Khilji who wanted to win the Rajput kingdom and become India’s most powerful King. The way Ranveer played Khilji made all the difference. He could have gone overboard while playing a character which is a devil, but he knew where to start and where to end. Bhansali’s trust in him was clearly reflected in his presence throughout the movie.
Ranveer Ranveer All the Way!
Just 10 films old in Bollywood, Ranveer took up this risk and came out with flying colors. Every single person walking out of the cinema hall is talking about his brilliant performance and how he rules the movie. While his contemporaries are choosing mainstream Bollywood movies where they can flex their muscles, romance divas and emerge as the typical Hindi film heroes, Ranveer took up Khilji’s role and proved why he is the most loved of them all.
Jim Sarbh: The Surprise Package
Another actor who turned heads with a spectacular performance in Padmaavat is Jim Sarbh. Jim played the character of Malik Kafur, the slave who will do anything on Khilji’s whim. Padmaavat will be remembered as an exceptional example of the creative freedom that makes actors like him outshine. The song “Binte Dil” featured on him is one of the most excellent parts of the movie. The duo of Ranveer and Jim in a unique master-slave relationship looked the epitome of perfection.
The Poise and Grace of Shahid Kapoor
Shahid Kapoor deserves to be applauded for the courage that made him choose the character of Maharawal Ratan Singh. From Udta Punjab and Haider to playing Rawal Ratan Singh, Shahid has undergone a lot of transformation. For the first time in his career, he attempted a historic drama and did full justice to it. He emerged as the flag bearer of the Rajput legacy and left a mark in every scene. He is steadfast and unflappable as Maharawal Ratan Singh. The poise and grace which he brought to the character deserves special mention.
Deepika’s Career Best Performance
Deepika, who completed a hattrick with Bhansali in Padmaavat gave her career best performance. The character of Padmavati brought out the best in her. Although she was wearing opulent costumes and jewellery, but it was the simplicity and calm on her face and eyes made her a sight never seen before. Deepika is radiant as the Rajput queen whose beauty, brains and valour have the power to caste a spell on her fans as well as her critics.
Special mention: The Classic Music
Another reason that made Padmaavat an epic is the music of the movie. The touch of folk in “Ghoomar,” the royal romance in “Ek Dil Ek Jaan,” the exceptional choreography of “Khalibali” and the unique cinematography of “Binte Dil” are nothing short of marvels. The dramatic background took the movie to a different level. This one will be recorded in the history of Bollywood movies as one of the greatest music albums in Hindi cinema.