Padmavaat


While I discontinued sharing all the movies I had seen due to lack of readers, there is one recently seen film I really need to recommend to anyone who reads this. As the big Bollywood-fan I am, having seen literally hundreds of films from India (including blockbuster "The Best Marigold Hotel" part 1 and 2), I had to see this new film at Trondheim a few days ago. 


I usually don’t get too excited by films I have seen. Seeing a film once is normally more than enough, but once in a blue moon, I have to return several times to see a film again. Last time this happened was back in the second half of 1997 when TITANIC was released. Right now, I will have to go see this recommended film one more time. I asked Trondheim Kino (the local cinema operators to put it up in 3D once more, but so far, they are only showing it in 2D twice more).

Padmaavat (earlier known as Padmavati), is an Indian epic period drama film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. 


The stunningly beautiful Deepika Padukone stars as Rani Padmavati, alongside Shahid Kapoor as King Maharawal Ratan Singh, and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji. 


The film is actually based on the epic poem Padmavat (from 1540) by Malik Muhammad Jayasi, and the film narrates the story of Queen Padmavati, a Rajput queen who committed jauhar (self-immolation) to protect herself from Khilji.


With a production budget of ₹215 crore (US$34 million), Padmaavat is the most expensive Hindi film and one of the most expensive Indian films ever made. 


The film was initially scheduled for release on December 1st 2017, but the release was indefinitely postponed due to several controversies causing violent protests. Later that same December, the Central Board of Film Certification in India approved the film with five modifications, which includes the addition of multiple disclaimers and a change in title. 


Padmaavat was re-scheduled for release on January 25th 2018 in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D formats, making it the first Indian film to be released in IMAX 3D.


At release, Padmaavat received mixed reviews. Critics praised the visuals and Singh's portrayal of Khilji, but criticised its storyline, execution, length, and adherence to regressive patriarchal mores. Critics also disliked the portrayal of Khilji as a stereotypical evil Muslim king and Ratan Singh as the righteous Hindu king.


But, in addition to the critics, there was an eve larger amount of people who fell in love with this spectacular movie - me being one of the many.

For anyone who enjoys Bollywood-productions, this movie is so excellent in every possible way. The scenery, the graphics, the 3D version, the accompanying music, the spectacular costumes and colors and also, the story. This film has got the entire package. At one point in the movie, I remember thinking how increadibly dull Norway is when compared to this truly exotic explosion of vibrant colors, passionate lust, spectacular architecture, and unbelievable costumes.  


This is THE one movie which I right now already know will be the best film I will see in the whole of year 2018, and perhaps the next decade. This is THE film I really need to recommend you all seeing - if it ever gets screened at your location. 


If and when you have seen this movie, I would love to hear what you think about it and if it excited you as much as it excited me. 


::: STORY LINE ::: SPOILER ALERT ::: DO NOT READ BELOW :::


Padmavaat is set in 13th-century Afghanistan, when Jalaluddin Khilji of the Khilji dynasty plots to seize the throne of Delhi. In return for supplying Jalaluddin Khilji with an ostrich, his nephew Alauddin Khilji asks for Jalaluddin's daughter, Mehrunisa’s, hand in wedding. 


Alauddin's wedding is organised, but on the night of the event, he engages in adultery with another woman and kills Jalaluddin's courtier who catches him red-handed, leaving his wife-to-be horrified. Meanwhile, Rajput ruler King Maharawal Ratan Singh travels to Sinhala to acquire rare pearls for his first wife Nagmati. The Sinhala princess Padmavati unknowingly wounds King Ratan Singh while hunting a deer. The two fall in love, get married and thereby makes Padmavati the Queen of Rajputs.


Jalaluddin seizes Delhi's throne and permits Alauddin to repel a Mongol invasion of Delhi. Alauddin undertakes an unsanctioned raid on Devagiri. Learning of Alauddin's ambition to take over his throne from his wife and nephew, Jalaluddin travels to Kara, where his nephew is also stationed. Alauddin captures Devagiri's princess and makes her part of his harem. Jalaluddin arrives and gifts the slave Malik Kafur to Alauddin, who has Jalaluddin and his guards assassinated, declaring himself Sultan.


Padmavati journeys to Mewar with King Ratan Singh, but is lusted for by Singh's royal priest, Raghav Chetan. Chetan is caught watching King Ratan and Queen Padmavati when they kiss and is thrown out of the kingdom. The first wife of King Ratan is also jealous of Queen Padmavati. 


After being expelled from the kingdom, Raghav Chetan travels to Delhi and informs Khilji of Padmavati's endless beauty and power. Sultan Alauddin, who wants to own every unusual thing in the world, invites the Rajputs to Delhi. Upon learning of Rajputs rejection to his invitation, he orders an attack on Chittor. 


After many unsuccessful attempts in seizing Chittor, Khilji feigns peace and is alone and unarmed allowed to enter Chittor where he meets King Ratan. He asks to see Padmavati. The Rajputs, knowing his intentions, threaten him and tell him that he is alive only because he is a guest. He is allowed to see Queen Padmavati momentarily after he insists.


King Ratan Singh is taken prisoner by Alauddin, who demands to see Queen Padmavati in exchange for his freedom. Upon being insisted by the chief queen, she agrees, and travels to Delhi to meet Khilji. Meanwhile, Sultan Alaluddin's nephew attempts to assassinate him. Sultan Alauddin is wounded but defends himself. While on the Sultanante's frontiers, the Rajputs plan to ambush the Khilji soldiers in the morning which is the time for namāz. 


Queen Padmavati frees King Ratan with help of Mehrunisa. The Khilji soldiers who are praying are alerted and attack, but are ambushed by the Rajputs disguised as women. The Rajput attack is repulsed, with the ambushing Rajputs killed. 


Upon her return to Chittor, Queen Padmavati is hailed for saving King Ratan and compared to a goddess.


Sultan Alauddin imprisons Mehrunisa for helping the Rajputs and marches to Chittor. He and King Ratan engage in a single duel; Sultan Alauddin is nearly defeated by Ratan who is dishonourably killed by Khilji's forces by being shot with arrows, but berates Alauddin for fighting dishonourably before dying. 


The Khilji army succeeds in defeating the Rajputs and capturing Chittor, but is unable to capture the Rajput women who commit jauhar with Queen Padmavati.






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