Sanjay Leela Bhansali is an embodiment of magnificence and the same was portrayed in his recently released epic period drama Padmaavat. Every scene of the Deepika Padukone starrer appears to be a work of art. In those 164 minutes he painted the whole 1303 AD medieval India in spectacular colours and frames to match. Every moment of the movie leaves its viewers in awe and panting for more. And it is not just about the perfectly coordinated colours that Bhansali is known for, it also has to do with the positioning of the characters and the cameras. Bhansali is a conductor who perfectly orchestrates every little bit of the movie and weaves it into a masterclass. The characters also have not disappointed their fans and have done justice to the roles they were given. Be it the commendable role of Alauddin Khilji played by Ranveer Singh or Padmaavati portrayed by Padukone there seems no replacement for them. Special mention of Aditi Rao Hydari as Mehrunisa is a must as she was at her best in the role. So, let’s have a look at the best scenes of the movie which stole the heart of the people.
1- Ratan Singh’s description of ‘Rajputs’ to Alauddin Khilji:
The now-famous dialogue of who Rajputs are comes from this scene. Ratan Singh is seen telling his viewers who the real Rajputs are and Shahid Kapoor sure does pull it off in style.
2- Malik Kafur’s love poem for Alauddin Khilji:
Khilji and his slave Malik Kafur’s relationship had all kinds of homosexual implications and that is something Bhansali has portrayed in a very poetic way. During the scene, Kafur is shown scrubbing his master’s feet during the bath, and suddenly the scene changes to Khilji going into a trance, his face looks perfectly in bliss as if he is being pleasured. Although the scene lasts for a couple of seconds, it was enough to give the viewers to think what just happened. What followed it was more consummate. Kafur stands up and starts crooning his love hymn to Khilji, “Binte Dil” while he rhythmically sways to its beats. It is in this scene that Khilji’s narcissism came into light.
3- Expectant Alauddin Khilji believing he will get to see Padmavati in person:
The demonic conquerer’s quest to win Padmaavati was perfectly summed up in his line, “Allah ki banai hur nayab cheez par kewal Alauddin ka haq hai.” There is a point when Khilji who is expecting Rani Padmaavati to walk out of the Chittor fort runs out of his tent driven with passion to lay eyes on her. And even though his desire remains unfulfilled, Bhansali is able to make Ranveer’s character an incredibly nuanced one through this scene.
The movie had hit the theatre on January 25 this year.