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Had Padmaavat been released in late 2017 as scheduled, it would have surely swept up multiple trophies at the myriad awards functions at the start of this calendar year. Auteur Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s stylistic signature is splashed all over this skillfully mounted period drama with extravagantly opulent production values. But to Bhansali’s credit, he doesn’t let the glossy grandeur and gritty battle scenes overpower the human story at the film’s centre – a beleaguered queen who values her self respect above her own life. Bhansali flair for high drama and confrontation scenes is on full display here. He also draws a fine performance from Ranveer Singh as the menacing monarch whose eyes are fixated on another king’s queen and kingdom.
Padmaavat completes Bhansali’s hattrick after Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela and Bajirao Mastani, and stands testament to the filmmaker’s talent behind the camera.

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