The idea of putting out something opulent, blended with grandeur, has to be backed up by the vision of a canvas that makes you want to cling onto it. And often, it is that thought process of making a movie as large hearted as your imagination may deem, which drives a filmmaker to do what he so passionately dreams of. Such was my very first initial reaction, when I watched the much anticipated and awaited trailer of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati.
To envision a period based saga with an ensemble as powerful as Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in the lead, is any director’s dream. And with hype surrounding the film during every phase of it’s making, made the watchers buzzing by the minute. The very first scene of Deepika Padukone’s entry, sets the aesthetic tone alive in giving it the Bhansali essence that one seeks for in every film of his. With the tonality of this earthy and rustic take on Rani Padmini’s character, one can already gage the kind of world that Bhansali wants you to dive into.
Every Sanjay Leela Bhansali film promises to elevate the grandeur quotient of the story he aims to tell. And if by any measure he had thoughts of surpassing his own benchmark, then Padmavati shows that in just three minutes of it’s stunning visuals. This being the first time that Shahid Kapoor & Deepika Padukone coming together to share screen space, gives it an instant fresh take on a love story that promises to be a stunner of an onscreen pair. The kind of chemistry that links Shahid’s royal avatar to Deepika’s majestic portrayal, is something magical.
From grabbing eye balls to impressing his critics, Ranveer Singh’s look in the film is by far the biggest talking point, post the launch of the trailer. The crudeness, intensity, dark and evil-like get up, shines right through the trailer, without him having to utter a dialogue. And that perhaps is what character development is all about. He’s hit the nail on the head.
So much is currently being spoken about the film, with verdicts concerning the characters looks, to the hauntingly remarkable background score, that it almost feels heartless to fault the trailer of Padmavati. But of course, if the film that releases on December 1st is anything close to what we’ve already seen, then this venture of Sanjay Leela Bhansali is going to put him on a pedestal like never before.