Padmaavat. A fictitious take on material from a 14th century history book, involving a rajput queen & king, and & an invader.


Starring: Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
India release date: Jan 25, 2018
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Language: Hindi
Duration: 2 hours, 44 mins


“Singh’s seething performance is, at best, an unhinged parody of a nutjob villain; at the very least, it’s lively. Padmavati and Ratan, on the other hand, are unspeakably boring… Padmaavat feels like Bhansali’s attempt to carve out some of that Baahubali territory for himself.”

| Full review

Uday Bhatia, Live Mint
Uday Bhatia
“In the film’s opening scene, we see a king chewing roughly on a piece of poultry. This is a surprisingly small, tandoori-sized handful of bird, nothing compared to the way we have, in international film and television, watched vikings gnaw at giant animal legs the size of motorcycles. Therein lies the problem. There’s not nearly enough meat.”

Rating: 1.5 stars | Full review

Raja Sen, NDTV
Raja Sen


“Through a simplistic and conventional chronicle of domestic calm ruined by foreign invasion, Bhansali explores his pet predilections and gives his current muse, Ranveer Singh, the role of a lifetime… For Padmaavat, Bhansali travels back four centuries to find a tale through which to spin his familiar preoccupations – impossible beauty, unrequited passion, the valourisation of suffering in the guise of love, the ritualistic celebration of the release from earthly woes.”

| Full review

Nandini Ramnath, Scroll
Nandini Ramnath
“Fresh version of the oldest tale in the book – ‘ek tha raja, ek thi rani, dono mar gaye, khatam kahani.’”

Rating: 2.5 stars | Full review

Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express
Shubhra Gupta



“Scenes are often shot with the camera either close to the ground (amplifying the setting’s interminable extent and the feverish approach of threat) or from high above (giving the relatively regular scenes a mythic quality) – visual contrasts that make this world immersive and arresting… But is a film just camera angles and lights, costumes and colours, performances and story? Is a film just about what it’s saying – not about what it is not? What about a film set in the past, the 14th century, revealing a troubling mindset of the present?”

| Full review

Tanul Thakur, The Wire
Tanul Thakur




Padmaavat on IMDB


Top Film Reviews

Related by

  • In Hostiles, a native-American-hating cavalry captain is ordered to escort a few of his captives, a dying Cheyenne chief and his immediate family members, back to the latter’s tribal lands,...
  • Black Panther begins directly after the events of Captain America: Civil War. King T’Challa returns home to Wakanda. But when two enemies conspire to bring down the kingdom, T’Challa...
  • The Shape of Water is the story of loneliness; of the beauty of a captured merman & of oddball romance; of the ugliness of racism & supremism; & of...
  • In Kaalakaandi, a nice boy gets told by his doc that his time is up. Sad, the fella decides to taste the bad things in life before he kicks...