Why the Padmavati trailer is anything but epic

Updated: Nov 16, 2018

A quick review

A Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie isn’t a Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie if it’s devoid of OTT. So when the official trailer for Padmavati was out, I was expecting the same amount of grandeur that had painted the canvases of Devdas and Bajirao Mastani.

However, after the 3min 10sec clip ended, I was left grossly disappointed. Not only does the film look very underwhelming in the special-effects department, especially compared to Bajirao Mastani, but also lacks the signature Bhansali opulence that has come to define his movies over the years. There aren’t any memorable one-liners too.

Ranveer Singh looks menacing, but I wonder if it’s too much for one negative character. It’s like every permutation and combination of evil has been thrown into just one role. The worst part is that Deepika Padukone, who plays the titular role, fades into the background in front of the two leading men, never mind her elegant attire, beauty and grace. The best thing about the trailer, I felt, was Shahid Kapoor. He’s brought an understated, calming quality that is soothing to the senses in an otherwise intense trailer.

All I can do is hope that the film is devoid of these issues. While there’s no doubt Padmavati is going to rule the box office, given the dry spell in Hindi cinema this year, and possibly even pick up the Best Film trophy at numerous award shows, it still needs to be a perfect film to write history the way it wants to.

Here’s the trailer:

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