Panipat: Film Review – Ashutosh Gowariker’s Epic Comeback

Verdict: Panipat is a battle feast with Ashutosh Gowariker’s signature fashion of grandeur.  

Ashutosh Gowariker has been MIA in Bollywood since his final movie Mohenjo Daro, which launched method again in 2016. The filmmaker behind iconic movies like Lagaan and Jodhaa Akbar now makes his epic comeback with the historic drama Panipat, which is a fictionalized retelling of the Third Battle of Panipat. While the trailer of Panipat evoked blended reactions amongst moviegoers, the movie has much more to supply. Ashutosh Gowariker brings again his signature fashion of grandeur with a touch of nationalistic taste, which appeals to the self-esteems of many Indian audiences.

What’s Panipat About:

The film begins with the Battle of Udgir the place Sadashivrao Bhau (Arjun Kapoor) captures the Daulatabad Fort, which weakens the Nizam’s rule in South India and strengthens the Maratha place over the bigger a part of India. Back on the Maratha capital in Pune, Peshwa Nana Saheb (Mohnish Bahl) is being condescended by his spouse Gopika Bai (Padmini Kolhapure) for giving Sadashivrao an excessive amount of significance. For a quick second, the Peshwa retains Sadashivrao away from the battlefield, giving house for a budding romance between Sadashivrao and Parvati Bai (Kriti Sanon). But a name from the north turns Sadashivrao’s consideration to the Durrani military, which is on its technique to India led by Ahmed Shah Abdali (Sanjay Dutt). Sadashivrao decides to satisfy him with full power, resulting in the well-known battle of Panipat, the place the Marathas are betrayed and finally lose their political stronghold.

What Works:

One of probably the most satisfying issues about Panipat is that Ashutosh Gowariker offers his personal contact to the movie, relatively than ripping off the fashion of Sanjay Leela Bhansali as interval dramas are recognized to do. Panipat has its personal sort of grandeur as is predicted from this style with units and costumes that complement the period it’s being set in. The film strikes at a gentle tempo with the correct quantity of scenes devoted for motion, romance, drama, and battle. The last battle scene is intense and also you even end up shedding a tear or two for the fallen Marathas. While Ashutosh Gowariker has taken some liberties with factual consistency, Panipat nonetheless makes for an ideal watch that doesn’t take any sides or attempt to demean any tradition.

From the trailer, each Arjun Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt have been being in comparison with Ranveer Singh from Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat respectively. Similarly, Kriti Sanon was additionally likened to Deepika Padukone from the aforementioned movies. However, the actors don’t rip off any performances and supply their unique contact to the characters. In truth, it’s exhausting to tell apart between Sanjay Dutt and his character of Ahmed Shah Abdali, which is just Sanju in costume. Arjun Kapoor has a towering presence within the movie whereas Kriti Sanon enhances him together with her harmless allure.

What Could’ve Been Better:

What gave Ashutosh Gowariker’s earlier movies their iconic standing are the exceptional performances by the lead actors, be it Aamir Khan’s Bhuvan or Hrithik Roshan’s Akbar. While the actors play their components effectively in Panipat, not one of the performances are significantly extraordinary.

Why Should You Watch:

If you get pleasure from interval movies, Panipat makes for an ideal watch. It will definitely enchantment to the patriot in you with its celebration of Maratha delight like none different. Don’t choose the film by its trailer and catch it in all its grandeur on the massive display screen.